People's Music Network

for Songs of Freedom and Struggle

2018 Winter Gathering Schedule

Looking for info on workshops? See here.

Friday, January 26, 2018 – First Parish in Cambridge (Click for directions)
4:00 PM – Registration Opens

5:00-6:30 PM – Pick Up Choir Rehearsal with Nick Page (Chapel, AKA “PMN Green Room”).

6:00 PM – 7:15 PM – Light Dinner (Parlor)  *** Food service closes down at 9:00 PM ***

7:30-10:00 PM (Doors open at 7:00) – Friday Night Concert (Sanctuary) 

Saturday, January 27, 2018
7:30 AM-8:30 AM – Breakfast
8:30 AM-8:45 AM – Opening Ceremony (Cafeteria)
9:00 AM-10:20 AM – Workshop One
10:35 AM-11:55 PM – Workshop Two
12:05 PM-1:00 PM – Community Meeting (Cafeteria)
1:00 PM-2:00 PM –  Lunch
2:15 PM-3:35 PM – Workshop Three
3:50 PM-4:50 PM – Plenary with Charlie King and Rick Burkhardt (Library)

5:00-6:15pm – Free Space

During the Free Space, you can propose a workshop, activity, or jam right up to the very last minute. Deadline for proposals is Saturday at 4:00 PM.

At the registration table, write up a description of a small workshop, discussion, or activity that you’d like to help lead during this time. Use the schedule grid to reserve a room. This is an opportunity for last minute collaborations among artists, as well as people who missed the deadline to submit a workshop. Since our physical space is limited, sign up as early as you can.

The topics, group leaders, and locations will be announced at the end of the plenary, which is Saturday at 4:50 PM. Large pieces of paper will be posted to indicate what is happening where. Please start thinking now what topics you’d like to connect with other musical activists about. Also feel free to use this time for napping, exploring the neighborhood, jamming in the hall, or socializing.

6:15 PM-7:20 PM – Dinner

7:15 PM- 12 Midnight – Round Robin

The Round Robin is a concert in which everyone gets a chance to perform. Given the limited time, please keep introductions to one line, or better yet, no intro. You will have one song, not more than 5 minutes. Priority is given to first time performers, children and those with special needs. Others are chosen by lottery.

Sunday, January 28, 2018
7:30 AM-8:45 AM – Breakfast
9:00 AM-10:30 AM – Workshop Four
10:45 AM-12:15 PM – Workshop Five
12:15 PM-1:30 PM – Lunch
1:30pm-2:00pm – Closing Ceremony
2:00pm-2:30pm – Clean Up


Experienced PMN members, including Charlie King and Rick Burkhardt, will be available for one-on-one mentoring opportunities throughout the weekend: get pointers on your guitar/vocal and performance technique, work on your songwriting skills, or just talk to your mentor about finding your way as an independent musician. You may sign up for a session at the registration table when you arrive for the weekend, assignments will be on a first-come first-serve basis. If you are interested in being a mentor to other artists, please contact Ben at