People's Music Network

for Songs of Freedom and Struggle

2017 PMN Winter Gathering Workshops

Read the PMN Winter Gathering Workshop program (January 27-29, 2017) in two ways:

(See the workshop slots in context of full schedule.) 

Goals for PMN Workshops:

  • Sustain diverse traditions of using music for progressive social change.
  • Help artists develop skills in musicality, songwriting, and/or music promotion.
  • Help activists and artists to effectively integrate music into social justice struggles.
  • Provide a space for attendees to share and enjoy socially and politically poignant music.


Consider the Free Space: Saturday, January 28, 5:00-6:15pm

During the “Free Space” you can propose a workshop, activity, or jam right up to the very last minute, which is the end of Workshop Three at 3:45pm. We’ll also host men’s and women’s song swaps during this time.

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 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 simply missed the deadline to submit a workshop. Since our physical space is limited, submitting as early as you can is preferred.

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.