The Roz & Howard Larman Memorial Scholarship Fund, established by an anonymous donor in memory of Howard after his passing in 2007, and renamed to honor Roz after we lost her in 2016, supports artists who would otherwise be unable to attend the FAR-West conference due to financial hardship.
How to Apply
The Larman Scholarship Committee is the FAR-West Treasurer, Conference Coordinator, and one other Board member. Scholarships are awarded based on the stated criteria and availability of funds. All information is kept confidential.
Note: Applicants must be registered for the conference before applying for showcase opportunities.
If you would like to help others through this program, donations to the Larman Scholarship Fund are accepted and greatly appreciated at any level. Donate and indicate Larman Scholarship Fund in the Special Instructions box.
For questions about making a charitable gift to Folk Alliance Region-West (FAR-West), contact Gaby Castro, Development Committee Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Folk Alliance Region-West is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Tax ID # 46-050-8137 Donations to FAR-West are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
To donate by mail, please make your check payable to: Folk Alliance Region-West. Mail to: FAR-West, c/o Gaby Castro 35457 Monterra Circle, Union City, CA 94587
Roz and Howard Larman hosted their Pacifica radio show, Folkscene, for over 40 years, and it continues on today in the care of their son, Allen Larman, and Peter Cutler. At the helm of Folkscene, Roz and Howard presented practically everyone in folk-roots-singer-songwriter music, from legends like Tom Paxton, Loudon Wainwright, Jackson Browne, Kate Wolf, Tom Waits and the McGarrigles, to genre-crossers like Peter Case, Dave Alvin and Lucinda Williams, to relative newcomers like Antje Duvekot, Dar Williams, the DittyBops, and hundreds more.
Their blessing could, in a single stroke, engender unshakable credibility for artists whose “folkiness” might have been considered marginal or tenuous. As the saying goes, “If Roz liked it, it was folk.”
Roz & Howard were founding members of FAR-West, former recipients of the FAR-West “Best of the West” Ambassador award, participated in numerous panels and workshops at our early conferences, and served on the Official Showcase selection committee for many years. They were simply the heart and soul of West Coast folk, the music, the scene, its very presence.