People's Music Network

for Songs of Freedom and Struggle

2018 PMN Winter Gathering – Boston, MA

The 2018 People’s Music Network Gathering takes place at two venues in Boston, MA from January 26-28, 2018.  It includes:

  • Music to inspire dreams for a better world.
  • Traditions that strengthen social justice struggles.
  • A community where singers, listeners, songwriters, fans, are welcome in a common space.

Charlie KingThe PMN Friday Night Concert takes place at the First Parish in Cambridge, starting at 7:30pm on January 26, 2018, which will feature PMN Artists in Residence, Charlie King and Rick Burkhardt.

Rick BurkhardtThen, on Saturday and Sunday (January 27 & 28, 2018) at the Pierce School in Brookline, we’ll have participatory workshops and songswaps; mentoring sessions; and a Saturday night “Round Robin” – all highlighting the role of music in progressive social change. A specific track of workshops for youth called the Youth Creative Convergence will take place parallel to the adult workshop. Expect numerous opportunities to share music, sing together, and to join efforts to bring music for progressive social change into the heart of struggles for justice and freedom today.

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Our 42nd annual PMN Summer Gathering will take place in 2017 at Camp Kinderland in Tolland, MA. This will be our third year at Camp Kinderland. If you missed it, you can get a sense of what it was like by viewing the numerous video recordings of the concert, the plenary, the workshops, and the round robin performances on the PMN Youtube Page.

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People’s Music TV

PMN has a growing archive of videos from our past gatherings and events on our PMN Youtube Channel!
Youtube Channel Link

We re-organized the channel to make everything we’ve recorded since 2015 much easier to find. What’s new is footage from PMN’s January 2017 Winter Gathering where we had 200 people and high energy! One participant wrote: “Great Fri concert, excellent workshops, youth, diversity – one of the best gatherings ever.”  Another said, “It feels like PMN involves heart. The times when people can connect — not just with the latest political idea song but with an experience of heartfelt social justice commitment — glues us together.”

Thanks to videographer, George Aguiar, for his work over the last 3 years to create this valuable video resource!

Videos from PMN Winter Gathering–Greenfield, MA (January 27-29, 2017)

Friday Concert: January 27, 2017 — See all the performances in two acts: (FIRST ACT: Gloria Matlock; Maurice “Soulfighter” Taylor; Two of a Kind; Dilson Hernandez and Ren; Evan Greer; The Amandla Chorus; SECOND ACT: Lindsey Wilson; Moonlight and Morningstar; Joshua Garcia; The Fruit of Labor Singing Ensemble)

Plenary & Workshops

  • PLENARY: Building Institutions for Cultural Work & Self-Organization – Fruit of Labor
  • Hip Hop Culture: Bridging the Generations – Fruit of Labor
  • Courage and Hope Sing Along – Annie Patterson, Matt Emmer, Peter Blood, Sandy Robson
  • Copper! 1917: WWI and the War on Labor – Charlie King & Candace Cassin
  • Using a Music Tour for On The Ground Organizing – Fruit of Labor
  • Strategies to Integrate Songs in People’s Movements – Ben Grosscup

Round Robin – 74 videos of individual performances!


Videos from PMN Social Justice Songs Showcase @ NERFA 2016

You might also enjoy seeing the PMN Social Justice Songs Showcase that was presented at the 2016 Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference in November 2016. We presented 12 selected songs that we felt were relevant to today’s social justice struggles in that showcase, and used the opportunity to reach out to artists about PMN. Read the article by Ron Olesko about this showcase in Sing Out!

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