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Trans-Atlantic Song Swap: Songs of Freedom and Struggle (Online Swap)

  • 10/18/2020
  • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • https://www.facebook.com/Peoples.Music.Network/live/


  • Registration is not required for tuning into the livestream, but you may register to receive a reminder about the show and make a contribution to the People's Music Network.
  • Registration is not required for tuning into the livestream, but you may register to receive a reminder about the show and make an optional contribution to the People's Music Network.
  • Invited artists have been given a special registration code to use on this form. We ask invited artists to register to make it easier for us to promote your music in our event publicity.
  • PMN members are encouraged to sign up for a spot in this international song exchange with comrades in song on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.

Registration is closed

Sunday, October 18

- In the UK: 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM

- In the eastern U.S.: 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

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

* REGISTRATION isn't required to tune in to the free livestream above.  But when you register, you get an automatic reminder about the show and you can stick around for the post-show discussion.  In addition, any financial contribution you make supports The People's Music Network.

The People's Music Network (PMN) is continuing a series of music sharing sessions 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 took place July 24; the second session took place on August 23.  This third session on Sunday, October 18, takes place 8-10 PM in the UK; 3-5 PM in the Eastern U.S. 

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.

Performances through Zoom

PMN Members and invited artists 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:  Thursday, October 15 at 8:00 PM (EDT)

The order of performance is posted on the Facebook event page:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1147512078976421

You may register for this event as a performer, but you'll be added to the wait list.

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 member, Steve Suffet Steering Committee 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 an invited artist from the UK and/or a PMN member in good standing* 

2)   register using this form.

3)   have a computer with a 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 roughly 12 artists based in the UK to share songs of liberation, justice, and empowerment, and will also select roughly 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!

Technical Orientation Session: Friday, October 16, from 8:00 to 9:30 PM in the UK; 3:00 to 4:30 PM in the eastern U.S

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 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.

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/1147512078976421

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