Upcoming Online Events

    • 07/12/2020
    • 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM (EDT)
    • Private Zoom Meeting, provided via e-mail upon registration
    Register


    Registration

    Immediately upon registering, you will receive an e-mail confirmation that provides you a link to a private zoom meeting.

    Description

    Come join us in this shared experience of Community and Heart.  You're invited to enjoy a (digital) community circle where inspirational and empowering songs from many traditions rise up from the group.  Singers offer a song one by one without instruments or song sheets.   These are songs that people know or can learn easily without requiring a lot of teaching.

    • As we did at our first on-line version in June, we try to replicate many of the aspects of Songs of the Spirit, which has a four decade history in PMN/SFS.  One person will sing and others will sing along. But, like other Zoom events, everyone except the one singer will be required to mute themselves, allowing all of us to see each other as we fill our separate spaces with music.
    • Between songs, we pause, breathe and feel the energy and connection of the group. This worked remarkably well in June, and hope that it will again. The silence was really sacred and avoided any sense of urgency.
    • This is a wonderful opportunity to build community and to harmonize (in your own home) and to start the day with some grounded sacredness. 

    If you have any questions, please email the facilitators:

    Mara Sapon-Shevin  <maradances@yahoo.com>

    Verne McArthur  <vernemca@gmail.com>

    Help Publicize!

    Tell your friends how they can participate in this online musical event for progressive culture.  Share this event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/267664567857584/


    • 07/17/2020
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM (EDT)
    • https://www.facebook.com/Peoples.Music.Network/live/
    Register

    Performances through Zoom

    PMN members and invited comrades wishing to perform in this Online Song and Poetry Swap must use this registration form to sign up to share a song or a poem during the event.  Registration alone doesn't automatically mean you will be in the final performance line up.  All PMN members who register to perform will receive an e-mail message with a link to PMN's Zoom video conference account.  Everyone performs through their own computer connection.

    Registration Deadline:  Wednesday, July 15 at 8:00 PM (EDT)

    The deadline to register is Wednesday, July 15 at 8:00 PM.  The order of performance will be released the following morning.  You may register for this event after the deadline, but you'll be added to the wait list.

    The Topic

    In this video conference event, PMN members are invited to share songs of Freedom and Struggle.  At the heart of PMN traditions is a desire to be relevant to the times we're living in.  We welcome songs about the pressing current issues of today: the pandemic, the climate crisis, racist violence, and economic crisis.  We also welcome songs that life our spirits whether they come from this age or not. 

    Eligibility to Perform

    Performers in this swap must:

    1)   be invited comrades and/or PMN members in good standing* 

    2)   register using this form.

    3)   have a computer with functioning video camera and microphone.

    * If you are not a PMN member, you may join here: https://www.peoplesmusic.org/join-PMN

    How we Select the Performers

    Every PMN member wishing to perform at this event is invited to register and to do so sooner than later.  Selection for the final performer list, however, is not first-come first-served.  Instead, we give priority to new PMN members as well as PMN members who have not yet performed in one of our previous online swap events.  Since this event focuses on a specific topic and genre, the relevance of a submission to the topic at hand will also be considered.  We hold these song swap events regularly.  If we can't fit you in this time, anticipate more opportunities soon!

    Tech Run Through

    If you are a PMN member selected to perform in this swap, you will receive an e-mail invitation to a tech run through taking place on Thursday, July 16, from 7:00-8:00 PM.  We will discuss how to get the best sound when sharing music on Zoom (more about this in next section).  Each person will have a chance to sing a verse of their song and receive feedback on ways to improve audio quality.  While perfection is not expected, artists who are new to zoom are strongly encouraged to attend this, because it can be a big confidence builder to learn how to use these tools. 

    Improving the Audio Quality of your Performance

    • Learn the Basics of Music on Zoom.  Watch a 10 minute webinar on "Improving Audio Quality for Live Musical Performances on Zoom".  This video distills the basic tips and tricks that first timers need to know.  The key elements are microphone quality, internet connectivity, Zoom advanced audio settings, and microphone placement. 
    • Explore more about improving the audio quality for your performance.  Using your computer's built in mic with Zoom's default audio settings is sufficient to participate and be heard, especially if your performance involves just the human voice.  The sound of a person singing or talking normally comes across on Zoom somewhat better than a telephone.  Zoom applies audio compression filters to the sound of meetings by default.  These filters are effective at reducing background noise, but they also recognize the frequencies of instruments and backing tracks as background noise, causing the frequencies they use to sound distorted.  It is possible to significantly improve the audio quality of both voice and instruments by using an external USB mic or a USB audio interface device.  (See PMN member discussion forum on, "What kind of External USB mic are you using to play music live online?").   Once you have the hardware in place, there is a setting in Zoom called "enable original sound", which removes Zoom's default audio compression.  Learning these tools helps improve the sound of your performance.  Please see here for a useful and simple tutorial about how to enable original sound in Zoom.       
    • Compare your sound with other set ups.  You can create a free account on Zoom that allows you to record videos and hear how your sound comes across to others when using different settings and equipment.  I recorded a video that shows how audio quality improves by enabling "original sound" and using an external USB microphone, starting with the worst set up and moving steadily to the best set up. (Enter this password to unlock it: P9.0v1!B).

    The Show is Broadcast and Archived through Facebook Live


    TUNE INTO THE LIVE BROADCAST via PMN's FACEBOOK PAGE

    https://www.facebook.com/Peoples.Music.Network/live/

    Friday, July 17, 7:30 - 9:30 PM (EDT) 

    (Note: The livestream post won't pop up at the link above until a few minutes before the event beings.)

    **After the event, click the link above to access a recording of the event.

    Help Publicize!

    Tell your friends how they can tune into this online musical event for progressive culture.  Share this event on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/events/971003333357599/

    Also, this is the link where you can find the performer list, which becomes available by the morning of Thursday, July 16.

    • 07/19/2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • https://www.facebook.com/Peoples.Music.Network/live/
    Register


    TUNE INTO THE LIVE BROADCAST via PMN's FACEBOOK PAGE
    https://www.facebook.com/Peoples.Music.Network/live/
    Sunday, July 19, 7:00 - 9:00 PM (EDT)

    (Note: The livestream post won't pop up at the link above until a few minutes before the event beings.)

    REGISTRATION is not required for tuning into the livestream above, but you may register to receive a reminder about the show and to make an optional contribution to People's Music Network, which is hosting this event.

    VOICES OF WOMEN ARTISTS IN CELEBRATION & STRUGGLE

    From the pulpit, parlor, workplace, in legislatures throughout the US, and the White House, women have been denied equality and their basic civic and human rights.  From the first Woman's Rights Convention in Seneca Falls on July 19, 1848, US women struggled for the right to vote.  For 72 years women faced walls of indifference, ridicule, denial and violence as they struggled for their rightful place in the political life of the nation where they lived, studied, worked, raised their children, and paid their taxes.

    This year we raise our voices and our instruments to celebrate the Centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution on August 26, 1920 which finally granted American women the vote. We are mindful, however that many women from 1920 to our present moment continue to be marginalized and that the fate of our world urgently depends on women’s empowerment and mobilization.

    ARTIST BIOS  (In alphabetical order)

    ELISE BRYANT is the Executive Director of the Labor Heritage Foundation and Director of the DC Labor Chorus. Elise is a lifetime member of the Wobblies (Industrial Workers of the World) and a member of the AFM Local 1000. In 2012 she was given the Lifetime Achievement award from the international organization, United Association of Labor Educators. In 2017 she was elected Vice President of CWA/Newspaper Guild Local 32035 and President of the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW).  http://www.cluw.org/

    LYDIA ADAMS DAVIS is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and educator dedicated to women’s history. She has appeared as Abigail Adams, Susan B. Anthony and in recent years has performed in museums, historical societies and libraries as a member of the singing group, “The Herstorians.” Lydia is the producer of two concert series, “Women’s Work” and “Sisters In Song,” based in Beacon NY, the Hudson Valley hometown of Lydia’s mentor, Pete Seeger. Contact: https://lydiaadamsdavis.com/

    BEV GRANT is a labor and social activist, feminist, singer-songwriter, photographer, and winner of the 2017 Joe Hill Award from the Labor Heritage Foundation as well as the ASCAP Foundation’s Jay Gorney award for her song "We Were There!" She is also founder and director of the Brooklyn Women’s Chorus and cultural director of the United Association of Labor Educators NE Union Women’s Summer School. She is the creator of a multi-media women’s labor history show, called “We Were There!,” which she presents throughout the UnitedStates.  www.bevgrant.com

    COLLEEN KATTAU is a bilingual vocalist songwriter who stirs listeners with her clear voice, collective spirit and rhythmic sensibility. Her music is featured on Democracy Now, or while singin’ down the SOA, and she performs at Phil Ochs nights. Her compositions are full of nature, social movements, and Latin American nueva canción. Colleen is a NERFA showcase artist. Last summer she was invited to Italy to perform at the International Ritmi y danze dal mondo Festival and at the European Ecovillages Conference in Tuscany. Besos/Kisses is her 2020 release. Contact: www.colleenkattau.com

    PAT LAMANNA is an award-winning singer-songwriter based in New York's Hudson Valley.  Her songs have a strong folk influence, and cover social justice issues as well as personal topics. As a member of the singing duo The Herstorians, she has performed programs on women's history for historical societies, museums and universities. She has three solo CDs of almost all original songs. She has been an active member of PMN since 1999.  Contact: http://patlamanna.com

    SHARLEEN LEAHEY is a singer-songwriter, guitarist and founder of songs4peace, a community based arts organization. For over thirty years she has been performing original and classic topical folk music for peace, justice and environmental organizations. As a member of the singing duo The Herstorians she has performed programs on women’s history for historical societies, museums and universities. Sharleen has released 3 collections of original songs deconstructing racism, inequality, militarism and mad rulers with feminist passion, optimism and love. Contact: www.sharleenleahey.com

    JENDOG LONEWOLF is a Two Spirit BlackNative Photographer/Hip Hop Lyricist and Cultural Worker from Bushwick, Brooklyn who navigates a myriad of spaces challenging stereotypes & issues at the intersections of class, race, gender and sexuality. She has shared stages with Harry Belafonte, Nile Rodgers, Desmond Tutu, and Joan Baez. Jendog has worked with Grammy winner Dan Zanes on two Hip Hop/Folk songs including a Lead Belly tribute for Smithsonian Institute’s Folkways Records. She has toured South Africa, Sri Lanka, the UK, Canada, the US, and Cambodia with Partner-in-Art & Love, YaliniDream, as the duo, Brooklyn Dreamwolf. Jendog is a proud member of The People's Music Network for Songs of Freedom and Struggle.  Contact:http://www.ilovejendog.com

    CAROL SIMON LEVIN is a professional storyteller, historical impersonator and NJ Council for the Humanities Scholar specializing in ‘Fascinating Women History Forgot,’ women of all colors and creeds who have fought for women's rights. She is the author of the book “Remembering the Ladies: From Patriots in Petticoats to Presidential Candidates” and the Garden State Legacy article “Reclaiming Our Voice: New Jersey’s Role in the Fight for Woman Suffrage.” Carol also performs programs on Emily Roebling (Bridge Builder in Petticoats), Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low, and early women in aviation. Contact: www.tellingherstories.com

    For more information on this event, please contact:

    Sharleen Leahey, singer-songwriter / guitarist / founder, songs4peace

    sharleenleahey AT gmail.com

    Help Publicize!

    Tell your friends how they can tune into this online musical event for progressive culture.  Share this event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/886915928485598/

    • 07/24/2020
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • https://www.facebook.com/Peoples.Music.Network/live/
    Register


    Performances through Zoom

    PMN Members and invited comrades from the UK may use this registration form to sign up to share a song or a poem during this online event.  Registration alone doesn't automatically mean you will be in the final performance line up, but a personal invitation does.  All registrants will receive an e-mail message with information about the event as the line up is finalized.  All performers will perform through their own computer connection.

    Registration Deadline:  Monday, July 20 at 8:00 PM (EDT)

    The order of performance will be posted on the Facebook event page (INSERTLINK) by Wednesday, July 22, and all registrants will be informed by email.  You may register for this event after the deadline, but you'll be added to the wait list.

    The Topic: Trans-Atlantic Song Swaps:  Songs of Liberation, Justice, and People's Empowerment

    The People's Music Network (PMN) is hosting two music sharing sessions in order to forge international links among musicians in the U.S. and the UK who use their music in the service of movements for justice.  After the July 24 session, we also are planning a similar session on Sunday, August 23, which will also take place 9-11 PM in UK; 4-6 PM in Eastern U.S.  We will host it twice and then assess whether there is interest to continue.

    PMN has always believed in international solidarity and cultural exchange. The dramatic turn toward online video conferencing since the pandemic provides a unique impetus to put these beliefs into action.

    With roots going back to 1977, the People's Music Network for Songs of Freedom and Struggle (our full name), is a diverse community of performing artists, activists, and allies, based mostly in the U.S, who use music, poetry, and other art forms as catalysts for a just and peaceful world.  Before the pandemic, PMN's main activity had been holding two large in-person get-togethers each year referred to as "convergences". Our June 2020 PMN Convergence in Western Massachusetts had to be held on-line. Since March, PMN has also been sponsoring weekly online events for members, including song swaps, songwriting workshops, and concerts.

    The format will be similar to one that PMN has been using successfully since March: Participants will have up to five minutes of performance time to do one song, contemporary or traditional. PMN Executive Director Ben Grosscup will serve as host, and he will invite the performers in consultation with Steve Suffet. If you are invited, two things that PMN asks are that you help publicize the event and that you stay around to listen to all the other performers. PMN will host each event on Zoom and simultaneously live stream it on Facebook.

    PMN is considering future plans for building similar links with artists in other countries, including non-English speaking countries.

    Eligibility to Perform

    Performers in this swap must:

    1)   be invited comrades from the UK and/or PMN members in good standing* 

    2)   register using this form.

    3)   have a computer with functioning video camera and microphone.

    * If you are not a PMN member, you may join here: https://www.peoplesmusic.org/join-PMN

    How we Select the Performers

    For each of these two international song swaps, PMN will invite 12 artists based in the UK to share songs of liberation, justice, and empowerment, and will also select 12 of our own members in the U.S. to do likewise. PMN aims to present a diverse representation of our members in terms of musical genre, race, age, and gender. Within our own network, PMN aims to transcend the limits of the mostly white, mostly older folk community that exists on our side of the Atlantic. We are seeking common purpose with our UK comrades-in-song to achieve a more diverse musical activist community.

    Every PMN member wishing to perform at this event is invited to register and to do so sooner than later.  Selection for the final performer list, however, is not first-come first-served.  Instead, we give priority to new PMN members as well as PMN members who have not yet performed in one of our previous online swap events.  Since this event focuses on a specific topic and genre, the relevance of a submission to the topic at hand will also be considered.  We hold these song swap events regularly.  If we can't fit you in this time, anticipate more opportunities soon!

    Tech Run Through

    If you are a PMN member selected to perform in this swap or if you are an invited international artist, you will receive an e-mail invitation to a tech run through taking place on Thursday, July 23, from 9:00 to 10:30 PM in the UK; 4:00 to 5:30 PM in the eastern U.S.   We will discuss how to get the best sound when sharing music on Zoom (more about this in next section).  Each person will have a chance to sing a verse of their song and receive feedback on ways to improve audio quality.  While perfection is not expected, artists who are new to zoom are strongly encouraged to attend this, because it can be a big confidence builder to learn how to use these tools. 

    Improving the Audio Quality of your Performance

    • Learn the Basics of Music on Zoom.  Watch a 10 minute webinar on "Improving Audio Quality for Live Musical Performances on Zoom".  This video distills the basic tips and tricks that first timers need to know.  The key elements are microphone quality, internet connectivity, Zoom advanced audio settings, and microphone placement. 
    • Explore more about improving the audio quality for your performance.  Using your computer's built in mic with Zoom's default audio settings is sufficient to participate and be heard, especially if your performance involves just the human voice.  The sound of a person singing or talking normally comes across on Zoom somewhat better than a telephone.  Zoom applies audio compression filters to the sound of meetings by default.  These filters are effective at reducing background noise, but they also recognize the frequencies of instruments and backing tracks as background noise, causing the frequencies they use to sound distorted.  It is possible to significantly improve the audio quality of both voice and instruments by using an external USB mic or a USB audio interface device.  (See PMN member discussion forum on, "What kind of External USB mic are you using to play music live online?").   Once you have the hardware in place, there is a setting in Zoom called "enable original sound", which removes Zoom's default audio compression.  Learning these tools helps improve the sound of your performance.  Please see here for a useful and simple tutorial about how to enable original sound in Zoom.       
    • Compare your sound with other set ups.  You can create a free account on Zoom that allows you to record videos and hear how your sound comes across to others when using different settings and equipment.  I recorded a video that shows how audio quality improves by enabling "original sound" and using an external USB microphone, starting with the worst set up and moving steadily to the best set up. (Enter this password to unlock it: P9.0v1!B).

    The Show is Broadcast and Archived through Facebook Live


    TUNE INTO THE LIVE BROADCAST via PMN's FACEBOOK PAGE

    https://www.facebook.com/Peoples.Music.Network/live/

    Friday, July 24 (9:00 to 11:00 PM in the UK; 4:00 to 6:00 PM in the eastern U.S.)

    (Note: The livestream post won't pop up at the link above until a few minutes before the event beings.)

    **After the event, click the link above to access a recording of the event.

    Help Publicize!

    Tell your friends how they can tune into this online musical event for progressive culture.  Share this event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/641720646435101/

    • 07/26/2020
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • https://www.facebook.com/Peoples.Music.Network/live/
    Register

    TUNE INTO THE LIVE BROADCAST via PMN's FACEBOOK PAGE
    https://www.facebook.com/Peoples.Music.Network/live/
    Sunday, July 26, 4:00 - 6:00 PM (EDT)

    (Note: The livestream post won't pop up at the link above until a few minutes before the event beings.)

    The SISTERS SING IN SOLIDARITY Livestream Concert will feature singer/songwriters: Bev Grant, Liliana Herrera, Colleen Kattau, and Lindsey Wilson.  We are part of The People’s Music Network (PMN), an organization of progressive musicians, and we're coming together to raise money for the voter registration and anti-voter suppression work of the Poor People’ Campaign – A National Call for Moral Revival (www.poorpeoplescampaign.organd the work of building activist musical community, which PMN does.

    We share a commitment to get out the vote in November and to help empower the people in our fight against white supremacy, fascism and xenophobia.  In sisterhood, we stand together for Black Lives Matter and the struggle for economic and environmental justice with the songs we write.  We look forward to sharing them with you.

    REGISTRATION is not required for tuning into the livestream above.  But when you register, you receive an automatic reminder about the show.  In addition, 100% of the financial contribution you make will benefit both The Poor People’ Campaign – A National Call for Moral Revival and The People's Music Network For Songs of Freedom and Struggle.

    ARTIST BIOS  (In alphabetical order)

    Bev Grant is a labor and social activist, feminist, singer-songwriter, photographer, and winner of the 2017 Joe Hill Award from the Labor Heritage Foundation as well as the the ASCAP Foundation’s Jay Gorney award for her song "We Were There!" She is also founder and director of the Brooklyn Women’s Chorus and cultural director of the United Association of Labor Educators NE Union Women’s Summer School. She is the creator of a multi-media women’s labor history show, called “We Were There!”, which she presents throughout the United States. www.bevgrant.com;   www.bevgrantphotography.com

    Liliana Herrera is a Chicana SOuL singer/songwriter, voice over artist and cultural worker based in the Bay Area. Hailing from California’s borderlands, she evokes her bicultural roots treading across vast musical genres and stages, uplifting the rich contributions of black, immigrant and indigenous communities through song and storytelling. Liliana’s recent projects include a collaboration with renowned Bay Area artists fighting to free asylum-seeking children and families from cages: Our Children Are Sacred , Liliana's debut EP: Late Night Taco Stand Music., as front vocalist with Cumbia-Dub band, Candelaria: Norte del Rio. Stay connected: on Facebook; IG: @liltunes; website: www.liltunes.com

    Colleen Kattau is a bilingual vocalist songwriter who stirs listeners with her clear voice, collective spirit and rhythmic sensibility. Her music is featured on Democracy Now, or while singin’ down the SOA, and she performs at Phil Ochs nights. Her compositions are full of nature, social movements, and Latin American nueva canción. Colleen is a NERFA showcase artist. Last summer, she was invited to Italy perform at the International Ritmi y danze dal mondo Festival and at the European Ecovillages Conference in Tuscany. Besos/Kisses is her 2020 release. www.colleenkattau.com

    “It’s a thrill singing with you” Tom Prasada-Rao

    Lindsey Wilson is a singer-songwriter with a flare for nostalgia with her memorable mix of 70's style urban folk rock and conscious lyrics. Throughout her music career, Lindsey Wilson has embraced issues of the heart and mind within her original music. Love songs, protest tunes and lyrics of empowerment have all been a true representation of her style and sensibilities. Her influences stem from a myriad of musically conscious voices that spanned the 60's, 70's and 80's era such as Odetta, Richie Havens, Joni Mitchell, and Joan Armatrading. But, Lindsey's message is truly her own.  www.lindseywilsonmusic.com

    Help Publicize!

    Tell your friends how they can tune into this online musical event for progressive culture.  Share this event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/923156068202372/

    Learn More about The Poor People’ Campaign – A National Call for Moral Revival

    http://www.poorpeoplescampaign.org/

    • 07/30/2020
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM (EDT)
    • https://www.facebook.com/Peoples.Music.Network/live/
    Register


    Performances through Zoom

    PMN members and invited comrades wishing to perform in this Online Song and Poetry Swap must use this registration form to sign up to share a song or a poem during the event.  Registration alone doesn't automatically mean you will be in the final performance line up.  All PMN members who register to perform will receive an e-mail message with a link to PMN's Zoom video conference account.  Everyone performs through their own computer connection.

    Registration Deadline:  Tuesday, July 28 at 8:00 PM (EDT)

    The order of performance will be released the following morning.  You may register for this event after the deadline, but you'll be added to the wait list.

    The Topic

    In this video conference event, PMN members are invited to share songs of Freedom and Struggle.  At the heart of PMN traditions is a desire to be relevant to the times we're living in.  We welcome songs about the pressing current issues of today: the pandemic, the climate crisis, racist violence, and economic crisis.  We also welcome songs that life our spirits whether they come from this age or not. 

    Eligibility to Perform

    Performers in this swap must:

    1)   be invited comrades and/or PMN members in good standing* 

    2)   register using this form.

    3)   have a computer with functioning video camera and microphone.

    * If you are not a PMN member, you may join here: https://www.peoplesmusic.org/join-PMN

    How we Select the Performers

    Every PMN member wishing to perform at this event is invited to register and to do so sooner than later.  Selection for the final performer list, however, is not first-come first-served.  Instead, we give priority to new PMN members as well as PMN members who have not yet performed in one of our previous online swap events.  Since this event focuses on a specific topic and genre, the relevance of a submission to the topic at hand will also be considered.  We hold these song swap events regularly.  If we can't fit you in this time, anticipate more opportunities soon!

    Tech Run Through

    If you are a PMN member selected to perform in this swap, you will receive an e-mail invitation to a tech run through taking place on Wednesday, July 29, from 7:00-8:00 PM.  We will discuss how to get the best sound when sharing music on Zoom (more about this in next section).  Each person will have a chance to sing a verse of their song and receive feedback on ways to improve audio quality.  While perfection is not expected, artists who are new to zoom are strongly encouraged to attend this, because it can be a big confidence builder to learn how to use these tools. 

    Improving the Audio Quality of your Performance

    • Learn the Basics of Music on Zoom.  Watch a 10 minute webinar on "Improving Audio Quality for Live Musical Performances on Zoom".  This video distills the basic tips and tricks that first timers need to know.  The key elements are microphone quality, internet connectivity, Zoom advanced audio settings, and microphone placement. 
    • Explore more about improving the audio quality for your performance.  Using your computer's built in mic with Zoom's default audio settings is sufficient to participate and be heard, especially if your performance involves just the human voice.  The sound of a person singing or talking normally comes across on Zoom somewhat better than a telephone.  Zoom applies audio compression filters to the sound of meetings by default.  These filters are effective at reducing background noise, but they also recognize the frequencies of instruments and backing tracks as background noise, causing the frequencies they use to sound distorted.  It is possible to significantly improve the audio quality of both voice and instruments by using an external USB mic or a USB audio interface device.  (See PMN member discussion forum on, "What kind of External USB mic are you using to play music live online?").   Once you have the hardware in place, there is a setting in Zoom called "enable original sound", which removes Zoom's default audio compression.  Learning these tools helps improve the sound of your performance.  Please see here for a useful and simple tutorial about how to enable original sound in Zoom.       
    • Compare your sound with other set ups.  You can create a free account on Zoom that allows you to record videos and hear how your sound comes across to others when using different settings and equipment.  I recorded a video that shows how audio quality improves by enabling "original sound" and using an external USB microphone, starting with the worst set up and moving steadily to the best set up. (Enter this password to unlock it: P9.0v1!B).

    The Show is Broadcast and Archived through Facebook Live


    TUNE INTO THE LIVE BROADCAST via PMN's FACEBOOK PAGE

    https://www.facebook.com/Peoples.Music.Network/live/

    Thursday, July 30 (9:00 to 11:00 PM in the UK; 4:00 to 6:00 PM in the eastern U.S.)

    (Note: The livestream post won't pop up at the link above until a few minutes before the event beings.)

    **After the event, click the link above to access a recording of the event.

    Help Publicize!

    Tell your friends how they can tune into this online musical event for progressive culture.  Share this event on Facebook: INSERTLINK

    Also, this is the link where you can find the performer list, which becomes available by the morning of Wednesday, July 29.

    • 08/17/2020
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Private Zoom Meeting
    Register


    Registration Deadline

    The deadline to register is Friday, August 14 at 8:00 PM.

    Workshop Description

    Writing songs that deliver a compelling message of social justice in ways that move people's hearts is both a political and artistic process.  Are you somewhere in the middle of this process?  Are you interested in receiving peer feedback on your own work in progress?

    This popular PMN interactive workshop is an opportunity to hone your listening and feedback skills as we collectively ponder the many elements – lyrics, melody, rhythm, chord progression, key, arrangement, etc. – that make a song click.   Using online tools, we’ll hear each song-in-progress and then become a collective think-tank about what’s working so far and what might be improved.

    Positive and/or constructive feedback will be offered, and only on those elements that you request help with.

    How to participate:

    1. Registration is limited to 7 participants, and we will take a waiting list.  We plan to do this next month too.  Preference is given to first time participants in Grain of Salt. 
    2. Submitting a lyric sheet of the song in progress is required at the time of registration.  If the lyrics change, then, no later than noon (EST) on the day of the workshop, please send one copy of the latest version as an attachment to BOTH ben.grosscup@peoplesmusic.org and patla42@gmail.com using subject line "Updated Lyrics for Grain of Salt".
    3. Check for the email with details on how to connect to the Zoom video conference platform.

    Workshop Facilitators:

    • Pat Lamanna: Long-time member of PMN; award-winning singer-songwriter. Learned about this type of workshop at Summersongs, a songwriter’s retreat.   www.patlamanna.com
    • Charlie King:  Veteran song leader and song writer, co-founder of People’s Music Network. He has been at the heart of American folk music for half a century and has been writing songs for the past 40 years. www.charlieking.org

    Eligibility to Participate

    Participants in this workshop must:

    1. be PMN members in good standing* 
    2. register using this form
    3. have a computer with functioning video camera and microphone.

    * If you are not a PMN member, you may join here: https://www.peoplesmusic.org/join-PMN

    Improving the Audio Quality For Sharing Music

    • Learn the Basics of Music on Zoom.  Watch a 10 minute webinar on "Improving Audio Quality for Live Musical Performances on Zoom".  This video distills the basic tips and tricks that first timers need to know.  The key elements are microphone quality, internet connectivity, Zoom advanced audio settings, and microphone placement. 
    • Explore more about improving the audio quality for your performance.  Using your computer's built in mic with Zoom's default audio settings is sufficient to participate and be heard, especially if your performance involves just the human voice.  The sound of a person singing or talking normally comes across on Zoom somewhat better than a telephone.  Zoom applies audio compression filters to the sound of meetings by default.  These filters are effective at reducing background noise, but they also recognize the frequencies of instruments and backing tracks as background noise, causing the frequencies they use to sound distorted.  It is possible to significantly improve the audio quality of both voice and instruments by using an external USB mic or a USB audio interface device.  (See PMN member discussion forum on, "What kind of External USB mic are you using to play music live online?").   Once you have the hardware in place, there is a setting in Zoom called "enable original sound", which removes Zoom's default audio compression.  Learning these tools helps improve the sound of your performance.  Please see here for a useful and simple tutorial about how to enable original sound in Zoom.       
    • Compare your sound with other set ups.  You can create a free account on Zoom that allows you to record videos and hear how your sound comes across to others when using different settings and equipment.  I recorded a video that shows how audio quality improves by enabling "original sound" and using an external USB microphone, starting with the worst set up and moving steadily to the best set up. (Enter this password to unlock it: P9.0v1!B).

    Help Publicize!

    Tell your friends how they can participate in this online musical event.  Share on Facebook:  INSERTLINK


    • 08/23/2020
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • https://www.facebook.com/Peoples.Music.Network/live/


    Performances through Zoom

    PMN Members and invited comrades from the UK may use this registration form to sign up to share a song or a poem during this online event.  Registration alone doesn't automatically mean you will be in the final performance line up, but a personal invitation does.  All registrants will receive an e-mail message with information about the event as the line up is finalized.  All performers will perform through their own computer connection.

    Registration Deadline:  Wednesday, August 19 at 8:00 PM (EDT)

    The order of performance will be posted on the Facebook event page (INSERTLINK) on Friday, August 21, and all registrants will be informed by email.  You may register for this event after the deadline, but you'll be added to the wait list.

    The Topic: Trans-Atlantic Song Swaps:  Songs of Liberation, Justice, and People's Empowerment

    The People's Music Network (PMN) is hosting two music sharing sessions in order to forge international links among musicians in the U.S. and the UK who use their music in the service of movements for justice.  The first session takes place July 24.  This second session on Sunday, August 23 takes place 9-11 PM in UK; 4-6 PM in Eastern U.S.  We will host it twice and then assess whether there is interest to continue.

    PMN has always believed in international solidarity and cultural exchange. The dramatic turn toward online video conferencing since the pandemic provides a unique impetus to put these beliefs into action.

    With roots going back to 1977, the People's Music Network for Songs of Freedom and Struggle (our full name), is a diverse community of performing artists, activists, and allies, based mostly in the U.S, who use music, poetry, and other art forms as catalysts for a just and peaceful world.  Before the pandemic, PMN's main activity had been holding two large in-person get-togethers each year referred to as "convergences". Our June 2020 PMN Convergence in Western Massachusetts had to be held on-line. Since March, PMN has also been sponsoring weekly online events for members, including song swaps, songwriting workshops, and concerts.

    The format will be similar to one that PMN has been using successfully since March: Participants will have up to five minutes of performance time to do one song, contemporary or traditional. PMN Executive Director Ben Grosscup will serve as host, and he will invite the performers in consultation with Steve Suffet. If you are invited, two things that PMN asks are that you help publicize the event and that you stay around to listen to all the other performers. PMN will host each event on Zoom and simultaneously live stream it on Facebook.

    PMN is considering future plans for building similar links with artists in other countries, including non-English speaking countries.

    Eligibility to Perform

    Performers in this swap must:

    1)   be invited comrades from the UK and/or PMN members in good standing* 

    2)   register using this form.

    3)   have a computer with functioning video camera and microphone.

    * If you are not a PMN member, you may join here: https://www.peoplesmusic.org/join-PMN

    How we Select the Performers

    For each of these two international song swaps, PMN will invite 12 artists based in the UK to share songs of liberation, justice, and empowerment, and will also select 12 of our own members in the U.S. to do likewise. PMN aims to present a diverse representation of our members in terms of musical genre, race, age, and gender. Within our own network, PMN aims to transcend the limits of the mostly white, mostly older folk community that exists on our side of the Atlantic. We are seeking common purpose with our UK comrades-in-song to achieve a more diverse musical activist community.

    Every PMN member wishing to perform at this event is invited to register and to do so sooner than later.  Selection for the final performer list, however, is not first-come first-served.  Instead, we give priority to new PMN members as well as PMN members who have not yet performed in one of our previous online swap events.  Since this event focuses on a specific topic and genre, the relevance of a submission to the topic at hand will also be considered.  We hold these song swap events regularly.  If we can't fit you in this time, anticipate more opportunities soon!

    Tech Run Through

    If you are a PMN member selected to perform in this swap or if you are an invited international artist, you will receive an e-mail invitation to a tech run through taking place on Friday, August 21, from 9:00 to 10:30 PM in the UK; 4:00 to 5:30 PM in the eastern U.S.   We will discuss how to get the best sound when sharing music on Zoom (more about this in next section).  Each person will have a chance to sing a verse of their song and receive feedback on ways to improve audio quality.  While perfection is not expected, artists who are new to zoom are strongly encouraged to attend this, because it can be a big confidence builder to learn how to use these tools. 

    Improving the Audio Quality of your Performance

    • Learn the Basics of Music on Zoom.  Watch a 10 minute webinar on "Improving Audio Quality for Live Musical Performances on Zoom".  This video distills the basic tips and tricks that first timers need to know.  The key elements are microphone quality, internet connectivity, Zoom advanced audio settings, and microphone placement. 
    • Explore more about improving the audio quality for your performance.  Using your computer's built in mic with Zoom's default audio settings is sufficient to participate and be heard, especially if your performance involves just the human voice.  The sound of a person singing or talking normally comes across on Zoom somewhat better than a telephone.  Zoom applies audio compression filters to the sound of meetings by default.  These filters are effective at reducing background noise, but they also recognize the frequencies of instruments and backing tracks as background noise, causing the frequencies they use to sound distorted.  It is possible to significantly improve the audio quality of both voice and instruments by using an external USB mic or a USB audio interface device.  (See PMN member discussion forum on, "What kind of External USB mic are you using to play music live online?").   Once you have the hardware in place, there is a setting in Zoom called "enable original sound", which removes Zoom's default audio compression.  Learning these tools helps improve the sound of your performance.  Please see here for a useful and simple tutorial about how to enable original sound in Zoom.       
    • Compare your sound with other set ups.  You can create a free account on Zoom that allows you to record videos and hear how your sound comes across to others when using different settings and equipment.  I recorded a video that shows how audio quality improves by enabling "original sound" and using an external USB microphone, starting with the worst set up and moving steadily to the best set up. (Enter this password to unlock it: P9.0v1!B).

    The Show is Broadcast and Archived through Facebook Live


    TUNE INTO THE LIVE BROADCAST via PMN's FACEBOOK PAGE

    https://www.facebook.com/Peoples.Music.Network/live/

    Sunday, August 23 (9:00 to 11:00 PM in the UK; 4:00 to 6:00 PM in the eastern U.S.)

    (Note: The livestream post won't pop up at the link above until a few minutes before the event beings.)

    **After the event, click the link above to access a recording of the event.

    Help Publicize!

    Tell your friends how they can tune into this online musical event for progressive culture.  Share this event on Facebook: INSERTLINK

Past events

07/02/2020 "Songs of Freedom and Struggle" (Online Swap)
06/26/2020 Artists Against Racial Oppression: A Hip Hop and Spoken Word Collaboration
06/22/2020 "Grain of Salt": Workshopping Songs in Progress with a Political Edge" (Online workshop)
06/18/2020 "Songs to hear during a pandemic" (Online Swap)
06/15/2020 Building Online Musical Community (Online Workshop)
06/14/2020 PMN Summer Membership Meeting
06/14/2020 PMN Songs of the Spirit (Participatory Singing)
06/13/2020 PMN Summer Round Robin (Online Swap)
06/12/2020 PMN Schmooze Rooms (Coffee Hour Hangouts)
06/11/2020 PMN Summer Concert: Natu Camara, Evan Greer, Lara Herscovitch, Aileen Vance, Two of a Kind, & Frank Antonio López
05/29/2020 "An Evening of Nueva Canción" (Online Swap)
05/21/2020 "Songs to hear during a pandemic" (Online Swap)
05/18/2020 "Grain of Salt": Workshopping Songs in Progress with a Political Edge" (Online workshop)
05/15/2020 PMN Honors The Life and Music of John Prine (Online Concert)
05/07/2020 "Songs to hear during a pandemic" (Online Swap)
05/01/2020 "International Workers' Day: Labor Produces all the Wealth" (Online Swap)
04/23/2020 "The Ecological Crisis is Here" (Online Swap)
04/17/2020 “Songs we need to hear during a Pandemic" (Online Swap)
04/09/2020 “Songs we need to hear during a Pandemic" (Online Swap)
04/03/2020 Online Song and Poetry Swap via Live Video Conference: “Songs we need to hear during a Pandemic"
03/27/2020 Online Song and Poetry Swap via Live Video Conference: “Songs we need to hear during a Pandemic"
03/20/2020 Online Song and Poetry Swap via Live Video Conference: “Songs we need to hear during a Pandemic"
01/24/2020 PMN Winter Concert 2020
01/24/2020 PMN Winter Convergence, NYC 2020
10/20/2019 PMN Fall Convergence NYC, Oct. 20, 2019
06/20/2019 PMN Members at 2019 Great Labor Arts Exchange, Silver Spring, MD

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