Upcoming Online Events

    • 12/01/2020
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (EST)
    • https://www.facebook.com/Peoples.Music.Network/live/

    Connecting through Zoom

    Members of the People's Music Network and invited artists may use the registration form on this page to sign up to share a song or a poem during this online event OR to be part of the audience.  Registered performers and audience members receive an e-mail message containing the Zoom Meeting link.  Registering as a performer doesn't automatically mean you will be included in the final performance line up, but it is the first step (See below, "How we Select the Performers").  

    The content of the online swap will also be livestreamed free of charge via the PMN Facebook Page AND the PMN Youtube Channel.

    Registration Deadline:  Sunday, November 29 at 9:00 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 livestreamed video conference event, members of the People's Music Network are invited to share poetry and songs of Freedom and Struggle that speak to the tumultuous times we're living in: Political division, police and vigilante violence, a raging pandemic, a deepening climate catastrophe, and so much more.  In these  dangerous times, we gather strength and courage from songs that nourish our spirits, make sense of the events unfolding before us, and sustain the dream of a better future where people can live in dignity.

    LYRICS ARE AVAILABLE:  day before the show

    PERFORMER LIST: released day before the show

    Eligibility to Perform

    Performers in this swap must:

    1)   Be invited artists and/or PMN members in good standing.* 

    2)   Register using the online 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: MondayNovember 30, 4:00-5:00 PM

    Selected performers will receive an e-mail invitation to a technical orientation session at the time listed above by the morning of the same day.  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 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.

    Free Livestream



    Tuesday, December 1, 4:00 - 6:00 PM (EDT)

    **Past and future Livestreams are available through the PMN Facebook Live Page: https://www.facebook.com/Peoples.Music.Network/live

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    • 12/11/2020
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM (EST)
    • https://www.facebook.com/Peoples.Music.Network/live/


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    Friday, December 11, 7:30 - 9:00 PM (EDT)

    *** Unlike other PMN livestream events, which are archived, this community celebration will not be viewable after the show ends.  Your one and only chance to experience this event is live while it happens!

    * REGISTRATION isn't required to tune in to the free livestream above, but when you register, you get an automatic reminder about the show with the option to tune in via Zoom.  In addition, 100% of any financial contribution you make benefits Haley House and The People's Music Network (For more on these organizations, see below).

    For over 40 years, Charlie King has been a central part of the holidays at Haley House in Boston, MA.  Every year this event draws a big crowd that gathers to sing together in our South End soup kitchen or at our Roxbury cafe.  This year, the gathering will be virtual, but we will still all be singing along!  We hope you can join in the singing this year with Charlie and Elise.

    The People’s Music Network and Haley House are co-sponsoring this concert featuring Elise Bryant and Charlie King.  We sing to support the ongoing work to provide healthy food, affordable housing and meaningful jobs for those who need it most.


    Elise Bryant serves as the executive director of the Labor Heritage Foundation, a non-profit organization that is the “art and soul of the labor movement.”  Elise is a lifetime member of the Wobblies (Industrial Workers of the World), a member of the AFM Local 1000 and Vice President of CWA/Newspaper Guild Local 32035.

    Charlie King is a musical storyteller and political satirist.  He has been at the heart of American folk music for more than half a century.  He is a founding member of the People’s Music Network and of AFM Local 1000.  He’s been a fellow Wobblie since 1983.  This is his 41st annual holiday concert for Haley House.


    • The People’s Music Network sustains and grows a diverse community of performing artists, activists, and allies who use music, poetry, and other art forms as catalysts for a just and peaceful world.  During the pandemic, the community has moved from organizing regional weekend gatherings to regular online song swaps and workshops.   

    • Haley House uses food with purpose and the power of community to break down barriers between people, empower individuals, and strengthen neighborhoods.  We believe in radical solutions: solving problems at their root by challenging attitudes that perpetuate suffering and building alternative models.  We have done this work since 1966, never abandoning our deep roots as a house of hospitality in Boston’s South End.


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Past events

11/19/2020 "Songs of Freedom and Struggle" (Online Swap)
11/13/2020 "Songs of Freedom and Struggle" (Online Swap)
10/29/2020 "Songs of Freedom and Struggle" (Online Swap)
10/26/2020 "If I had a Song": Workshopping Songs in Progress that have a Political Edge" (Online workshop)
10/18/2020 Trans-Atlantic Song Swap: Songs of Freedom and Struggle (Online Swap)
10/16/2020 Good Trouble . . . Vote! (Online Concert)
10/12/2020 Indigenous Peoples’ Day (Online Concert)
10/02/2020 "Songs of Freedom and Struggle" (Online Swap)
09/24/2020 All Power to the People! (Online Concert)
09/18/2020 "Songs of Freedom and Struggle" (Online Swap)
09/17/2020 Hard Hitting Words for Hard Hit People (Online Concert)
09/07/2020 Labor Day Concert for All (Online Concert)
08/28/2020 "Songs of Freedom and Struggle" (Online Swap)
08/23/2020 Trans-Atlantic Song Swap, Part 2 of 2: Songs of Liberation, Justice, and People's Empowerment (Online Swap)
08/17/2020 "Grain of Salt": Workshopping Songs in Progress with a Political Edge" (Online workshop)
08/13/2020 "Songs of Freedom and Struggle" (Online Swap)
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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