Upcoming Online Events

    • 08/13/2020
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • https://www.facebook.com/Peoples.Music.Network/live/
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    NOTE: This swap is taking place earlier in the day than some previous PMN swaps to see if this time works better for some of our members.

    Performances through Zoom

    PMN members and invited artists wishing to perform in this Online Song and Poetry Swap may 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, August 11 at 8:00 PM (EDT)

    The order of performance will be released the morning after the registration deadline.  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 fierce determination to be relevant to the times we're living in.  We welcome songs about pressing issues of today: the pandemic, the climate crisis, racist state violence, and economic injustice.  We also welcome any songs that lift our spirits, be they from the current historical moment or not.

    Eligibility to Perform

    Performers in this swap must:

    1)   Be invited artists 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.  We hold these song swap events regularly.  If we can't fit you in this time, anticipate more opportunities soon!

    Technical Orientation Session: Wednesday, August 12, from 4:00-5:00 PM

    If you are selected to perform in this event, you will receive an e-mail invitation to a technical orientation session at the time listed above.  We will discuss and practice how to get the best sound when sharing music on Zoom.  Each performer will have a chance to sing a verse of a song and then receive feedback on ways to improve the audio quality.  While perfection is not expected, artists who are new to Zoom are strongly encouraged to attend the tech run through, because doing so will build your confidence in using these tools. The audio quality that listeners hear of your live performance depends on the equipment you have and how you use it.  Find tips to improve audio quality here.

    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, August 13, 4:00 - 6:00 PM (EDT)

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

    Help Publicize!

    Encourage your friends to tune into this online musical event for progressive culture:  Share the event on Facebook!!  ADDLINK

    By the morning of Wednesday, August 13, the performer list becomes available at the same Facebook event link above.

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

    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/
    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:  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

08/06/2020 Hiroshima Never Again (International Concert)
07/30/2020 "Songs of Freedom and Struggle" (Online Swap)
07/26/2020 Sisters Sing In Solidarity (Online Concert)
07/24/2020 Trans-Atlantic Song Swap, Part 1 of 2: Songs of Liberation, Justice, and People's Empowerment (Online Swap)
07/19/2020 The Centennial Of Women’s Suffrage & Empowerment (Online Concert)
07/17/2020 "Songs of Freedom and Struggle" (Online Swap)
07/12/2020 Songs of the Spirit (Participatory Singing)
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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