Upcoming Online Events

    • 09/26/2021
    • 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
    • Private Zoom Meeting, provided via e-mail upon registration
    Register


    After taking a brief break in August, People's Music Network is once again hosting this community singing event, which has deep historical roots, as well as a growing community of singers who have found this practice to be transformative, even when done virtually.  

    Registration

    Free registration for this event is open to all members of PMN.  Not a member?  Check out our inclusive sliding scale membership policy.

    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.

    In this online event, we are drawing upon the tradition of Songs of the Spirit, which has been a consistent feature of PMN/SFS Gatherings since 1977.  One person will sing and others will sing along.  We ask everyone to mute themselves while the one person is singing, allowing all of us to at least see each other as we fill our separate physical spaces with music.

    Between songs, we pause, breathe and feel the energy and connection of the group. We are sustaining this rich tradition during the pandemic, despite the inherent limits of Zoom.  One part of our tradition is recognizing that the silence is sacred.  In avoiding the urgency to fill a space with song, once we finally do fill a space with song, that song sinks in more deeply.

    This is a wonderful opportunity to build community and to harmonize (in your own home) and to start the day with some grounded sacredness.

    This event will not be livestreamed or recorded.

    If you have any questions, please contact the facilitators:

    • 09/27/2021
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Zoom Meeting Link Provided upon confirmation
    Register

    *** Registration Deadline: Thursday, September 23 at 8:00 PM. 

    Workshop Description

    Pete Seeger said, "a song is not an editorial."  How can we get our message across without pontificating or resorting to clichés in lyrics and melody?  What is it about songs with a political edge that enables them to cut through convention and allow people to think new thoughts?

    Writing songs that deliver a compelling message of social justice in ways that move people's hearts is both a political and artistic process that integrates analysis with feeling, rhythm, and style.  If you are somewhere in the middle of this process, and interested in receiving peer feedback on your own work in progress, then this workshop is for you.

    This popular PMN workshop is an invitation to present your song-in-progress to a group of like-minded songwriters for feedback and critique.  We'll discuss "stars and wishes"  -- what works well, and where there's room for improvement.  We'll explore the songwriting process as we listen to each others' songs and discover, not only the components of an effective song, but how to give and receive positive and/or constructive feedback.

    How to participate:

    1. Registration is limited to no more than 7 participants, and we will take a waiting list.  Preference is given to first-time participants in the "If I had a Song" workshop series.
    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 (ET) 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: If I had a Song".
    3. Check for the email confirmation with details on how to connect to the Zoom video conference platform, which will be provided at least one day in advance of the session.

    Workshop Facilitators:

    • Marcie Boyd:  Marcie Boyd is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, teacher, activist, and longtime PMN member.  She lives in Berkeley, CA, where she sings with Occupella and the LaPeña Chorus.
    • Steve Deasy:  Award-winning American-Canadian performing songwriter, producer and arranger; socially conscious in the tradition of Bob Dylan and Pete Seeger with contemporary musicality.  PMN Steering Committee member. www.stevedeasy.com

    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

    • 09/30/2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • On Zoom and YouTube Live
    Register



    PMN is hosting our third monthly Ensembles Song Swap.  Our hosts are PMN members, Joel McGlynn and Carrie Klein, of the musical duo, hot glue & the gun.  The format for this online song swap emphasizes performances by groups with 2 or more people making music together.  The promotional image above includes images of ensembles who have performed at previous PMN online events. (From left to right and top to bottom: Da Fours (NYC), Occupella (San Francisco), BITUAYA (Caracas) and the Black Workers Center Chorus (Washington, DC)


    How to Participate

    Members of the People's Music Network may use the online registration form to sign up an ensemble they're part of to share two songs during this event.  Members may also register to be in the audience.  Just press the "Register" button on the left side of the web page.  Registered performers and audience members receive an e-mail message containing the Zoom Meeting link immediately after they register.  Registering your ensemble does not automatically mean you'll be included in the final performance line up, but it is the first step (See below, "How we Select the Performers").  We encourage live performance, but you may submit a pre-recorded video when you register to substitute for a live performance.  Members sharing videos first give a live introduction.  

    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: Monday, September 27 at 8:00 PM (EDT)

    The order of performance will be released within a day following the registration deadline.  You may register for this event after the deadline, and you'll be added to the wait list.

    The Topic

    We're looking for poetry and songs of Freedom and Struggle that speak to the struggles of people fighting for a better world, free from war, poverty, racism, and all forms of oppression.  In these dangerous times, we gather strength and courage from songs that nourish our spirits, and that help us make sense of the events unfolding before us, and sustain the dream of a better future where people can live in dignity.

    PERFORMER LIST:  (Coming soon!)

    LYRICS: (Coming soon!)

    Eligibility to Perform:

    To perform in this song swap, you must:

    1)   Be a PMN member in good standing and/or have received a special invitation. 

    2)   Be part of a musical ensemble that is confirmed. 

    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

    For this event we are prioritizing PMN members who belong to performing ensembles.  New members are particularly encouraged to register.  Each member wishing to perform is invited to register sooner than later, but selection for the final performer list, is not first-come first-served.  Because we are giving each act 10 minutes, we can only accommodate a maximum of 8 or 9 acts.  If we can't fit in every act this time, anticipate more opportunities similar to this one coming soon!

    Technical Orientation Session: Wednesday, September 29, 6:00-7:00 PM

    Selected ensembles 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 from your live performance depends on the equipment you have and how you use it.  Find tips to improve audio quality here.

    Free Livestream

    TUNE INTO THE LIVE BROADCAST via YOUTUBE

    (Coming soon!)

    Thursday, September 30, 7:00 - 9:00 PM (ET)

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

    Help Publicize!

    Encourage your friends to tune into this online musical event for progressive culture:  Share the event on Facebook!!  (Coming soon!)

    • 10/17/2021
    • 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
    • Private Zoom Meeting, provided via e-mail upon registration
    Register


    Registration

    Free registration for this event is open to all members of PMN.  Not a member?  Check out our inclusive sliding scale membership policy.

    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.

    In this online event, we are drawing upon the tradition of Songs of the Spirit, which has been a consistent feature of PMN/SFS Gatherings since 1977.  One person will sing and others will sing along.  We ask everyone to mute themselves while the one person is singing, allowing all of us to at least see each other as we fill our separate physical spaces with music.

    Between songs, we pause, breathe and feel the energy and connection of the group. We are sustaining this rich tradition during the pandemic, despite the inherent limits of Zoom.  One part of our tradition is recognizing that the silence is sacred.  In avoiding the urgency to fill a space with song, once we finally do fill a space with song, that song sinks in more deeply.

    This is a wonderful opportunity to build community and to harmonize (in your own home) and to start the day with some grounded sacredness.

    This event will not be livestreamed or recorded.

    If you have any questions, please contact the facilitators:

Past events

09/09/2021 "Songs and Poetry for a Planet in Crisis" (Online Swap)
09/02/2021 How to be a Troubadour in the Age of Crowdsourcing
08/25/2021 "Songs and Poetry for a Planet in Crisis" (Online Swap)
08/23/2021 "If I had a Song": Workshopping Songs in Progress that have a Political Edge" (Online workshop)
08/17/2021 "Ensembles of the People's Music Network" (Online Swap)
08/11/2021 "Songs of Freedom and Struggle" (Online Swap)
07/26/2021 "If I had a Song": Workshopping Songs in Progress that have a Political Edge" (Online workshop)
07/25/2021 Songs of the Spirit (Participatory Singing)
07/22/2021 "Songs of Freedom and Struggle" (Online Swap)
07/15/2021 "Ensembles of the People's Music Network" (Online Swap)
07/09/2021 "Songs of Freedom and Struggle" (Online Swap)
06/28/2021 "If I had a Song": Workshopping Songs in Progress that have a Political Edge" (Online workshop)
06/05/2021 Round Robin at PMN Summer Convergence (Online Swap)
06/05/2021 2A. Singing For Fun For Everyone (PMN Convergence Workshop)
06/04/2021 PMN Summer Concert: Munit Mesfin, Elise Bryant, David Rovics, Jane Sapp, Elise Witt, and Black Workers Center Chorus
06/04/2021 People's Music Network Virtual Summer Convergence
05/24/2021 "If I had a Song": Workshopping Songs in Progress that have a Political Edge" (Online workshop)
05/23/2021 Songs of the Spirit (Participatory Singing)
05/16/2021 PMN Coffee Hour: What artists have had a profound impact on your political growth? (Member Discussion)
04/29/2021 Pre-Mayday (International Workers Day) Song & Poetry Swap
04/26/2021 "If I had a Song": Workshopping Songs in Progress that have a Political Edge" (Online workshop)
04/25/2021 Songs of the Spirit (Participatory Singing)
04/23/2021 "Songs of Freedom and Struggle" (Online Swap)
04/13/2021 "Songs of Freedom and Struggle" (Online Swap)
03/30/2021 "Songs of Freedom and Struggle" (Online Swap)
03/24/2021 Jacktrip Practice Session: Singing Together Online with Low Latency
03/23/2021 Sonobus Practice Session: Singing Together Online with Low Latency
03/23/2021 Soundjack Practice Session: Singing Together Online with Low Latency
03/22/2021 "If I had a Song": Workshopping Songs in Progress that have a Political Edge" (Online workshop)
03/21/2021 Songs of the Spirit (Participatory Singing)
03/19/2021 "Songs of Freedom and Struggle" (Online Swap)
02/28/2021 Songs of the Spirit (Participatory Singing)
01/31/2021 Sunday: The Art and Craft of Songwriting (PMN Convergence Workshop)
01/30/2021 PMN Winter Round Robin (Online Swap)
01/30/2021 Planetary Survival & Communal Singing (PMN Convergence Workshop)
01/30/2021 Saturday: The Art and Craft of Songwriting (PMN Convergence Workshop)
01/29/2021 PMN Winter Concert: Frankie Lopez, Kim Harris, Hot Glue & the Gun, Gary Allard, Melissa Braven, Lea Gilmore
01/29/2021 People's Music Network Virtual Winter Convergence
01/17/2021 Trans-Atlantic Song Session: Songs of Freedom and Struggle
12/29/2020 "Songs of Freedom and Struggle" (Online Swap)
12/17/2020 "Songs of Freedom and Struggle" (Online Swap)
12/11/2020 Feeding Body & Soul W/The Power Of Community (Online Concert)
12/01/2020 "Songs of Freedom and Struggle" (Online Swap)
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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