People's Music Network Winter Hybrid Convergence, NYC, Feb. 10-12, 2023
The People's Music Network is hosting a Hybrid Winter Convergence from February 10-12, 2023, taking place both on Zoom and in person in Manhattan at The People's Forum (TPF) -- 320 West 37th Street (between 8th & 9th Avenues) New York, NY 10018.
The event begins Friday night on Zoom with a Virtual Round Robin, open to PMN members anywhere in the world (Note: to perform in the Virtual Round Robin requires filling out the Registration form #3, above). People participating remotely via Zoom may join select workshops taking place in NYC as well as participate in Zoom-only workshops.
The in-person component of the event takes place at TPF all day on Saturday (10am to 9pm), featuring participatory workshops and song swaps in the morning and afternoon. Many of these workshops provide an opportunity to develop and/or practice collaborative performance pieces to be presented during the Saturday evening Collaborative Concert. Activities such as the opening ceremony, shared meals for lunch and dinner, a sales table for artists with merch, and built-in networking time are woven into the schedule to help strengthen our community. Zoom-only participants have the chance to participate in networking activities via Zoom that run parallel to the in-person networking activities.
We feel called to devote our musical craft to supporting social movements for justice and liberation. The PMN/NYC Organizing Committee recognizes the urgency of the political moment we're in right now and our program will connect the music of our members with major social justice struggles.
CONVERGENCE PREVIEW HIGHLIGHTS:
Activist Choirs at the PMN Winter Convergence:
Young Artists in the Movement:
Organizing Musicians in the Labor Movement:
*** If you wish to opt out of the meal plan for the Convergence for any reason, please contact Ben Grosscup <firstname.lastname@example.org> with the SUBJECT: “Meal Plan Opt-Out”. Adjustments to registration price can be made.
Lunch and dinner will be provided by The People's Forum Cafe. The price of meals is included in registration.
Friday, February 10, 2023
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM: Pre-Convergence Schmooze [Zoom Only]
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM: Sound Checks for Virtual Round Robin Performers [Zoom Only]
6:30 PM - 10:00 PM: Virtual Round Robin [Zoom Only] (Requires separate Registration here)
Saturday, February 11, 2023
10:00 AM: Registration Opens – enjoy coffee and browse the sales table
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM: Opening Ceremony
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM: First Workshop
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM: Lunch Served by TPF Cafe
2:15 PM - 3:45 PM: Second Workshop
3:45 PM - 4:30 PM: Networking Break/ Rehearsal Break / Sales Tables
4:30 PM - 8:30 PM: Collaborative Concert
*** 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM: Dinner Served by TPF Cafe
9:00 PM: Event Ends
9:30 PM: Everyone must be out of the building
Sunday, February 12, 2023
11:00 AM - 12:45 PM: Third Workshop
2:00 - 3:30 PM: PMN Membership Meeting & Closing
FULL SCHEDULE (For a clearer view - open as a Google Doc)
The People's Forum is easily accessible by train, but there is very little nearby parking and what is available is so expensive that we strongly recommend using the train instead.
VACCINATION: The People's Forum (TPF) requires proof of vaccination and booster against COVID-19 as a prerequisite to enter the facility. However, if someone does not have the required proof, an exception to the policy will be made for the PMN Fall Convergence if the person presents their own negative PCR test result that was taken within 24-48 hours, or if they present a negative test result from a Rapid Test taken at the door. Ultimately, we want to protect the health of all of us participating in this event.
TESTING: PMN requires that everyone attending the event does a rapid test on the day of the event, regardless of vaccination status. PMN is collecting a supply of extra rapid tests to be distributed, as needed, to people coming to the event who have not already tested on the day of the event.
MASKS: Masks are not mandatory, but are encouraged.
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/3520471628281017
Instagram: [Link coming soon!]
PMN is delighted to partner with The People's Forum, which is hosting the convergence at their beautiful meeting space. TPF is committed to radical political education and using culture as a tool of social transformation.