People's Music Network

for Songs of Freedom and Struggle

2016 Winter Gathering Schedule


Looking for workshop listings? See here.

Friday, January 29, 2016
5:00 PM – Registration Opens
6:00-7:15 PM – Light Dinner (Cafeteria)  *** Food service closes down at 8:00pm ***
6:10-6:30 – Shabat at PMN (Room 003)

Come join Mara Sapon-Shevin for a musical Shabbat ceremony open to EVERYONE. We will sing songs, light the candles, bless the wine and share challah. No prior knowledge necessary — come sing, hug and start the weekend with extra warmth.

7:30-10:00 PM (Doors open at 7:00) – Friday Night Concert (Auditorium, 2nd Floor) 

Saturday, January 30, 2016
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: “Wisdom of the Elders” (Library)

Panelists: Charlie King, Bev Grant, Elise Bryant

Moderators: Sonny Ochs and Joe Jencks

5:00-6:15pm – Free Space

When you arrive at the registration table, you’ll have an opportunity to write up a description of a small workshop, discussion, or activity that you’d like to lead during the “free space.” A grid will be available showing the rooms that are open. People wanting to lead activities will fill in that grid. Please provide a write up of your offering by Lunch on Saturday. The topics, group leaders, and locations will be announced at the end of the plenary, and written up on large pieces of paper. 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

7:00 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. 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 31, 2016
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 Joe Jencks, 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