Louis Jay Meyers to assume position June 1.

Non-profit organization the Folk Alliance has selected Louis Jay Meyers as its new executive director. Meyers will replace the outgoing Phyllis Barney, who will step down on June 1.

Barney has held her post since 1995, and her future plans were not immediately known. Meyers was one of the four founders the annual South by Southwest Music Conference in Austin, Texas, and has also played in a hand in organizing the LMNOP Music Conference in New Orleans.

Meyers will spearhead a relocation of the Folk Alliance from Silver Springs, Md., to Memphis. The advocacy group for the folk community will stage its 18th annual conference in Austin, Texas, from Feb. 16-19, 2006.

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