People's Music Network

for Songs of Freedom and Struggle

2017 PMN Summer Gathering Schedule


Friday, June 2, 2017

5:00-11:00 PM – Registration Opens
6:00-10:00 PM – Dinner (Dining Hall)

6:10-6:30 – Shabat at PMN (Dining Hall, Auxilliary Room)

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.

7:30-9:45 PM – Friday Night Concert (Paul Robeson Theatre)
10:00-??? PM – Friday Night Campfire Song Swap (Fireplace, outside of Dining Hall)

We’ll create a space where newcomers to PMN can get introduced to the community. Newcomers are especially encouraged to share songs. We’ll also have some old-comers on hand to share some songs.

Saturday, June 3, 2017
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 Jane Sapp (Paul Robeson Theatre)

5:00-6:15pm – Free Space / Swimming Time

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

At the registration table, we encourage you to write a description of a small workshop, discussion, or activity that you’d like to lead during the Free Space, and reserve a room.” A grid at the registration table will show what rooms are available. People wanting to lead activities will fill in the grid. 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, leaders, and locations will be announced and posted at the end of the Plenary (Saturday at 4:50 PM). Please start thinking now what topics you’d like to connect with other musical activists about. You can also use this time for napping, exploring the neighborhood, jamming in the hall, or socializing.

Also, we will have a certified lifeguard and swimming will be available at the lake (weather permitting)

6:00 PM-7:15 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 sentence. 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, June 4, 2017
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 Jane Sapp, 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