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PMN Builds on Successful Fall Event for the NYC 2020 Winter Convergence

12/11/2019 4:10 PM | Ben Grosscup (Administrator)
This story features images from the event courtesy of Bev Grant and Jeremy Aaron.

      If you were with us on October 20 for the one-day PMN Fall Convergence at the People’s Forum in NYC, you know what a success it was!  We had 100 registered participants for this one-day local event -- one of the most diverse in PMN’s recent history (See the livestream of the open mic here).  

      The same creative and dynamic NYC Local Organizing Committee that hosted the 2019 Fall Convergence is now busy planning the 2020 PMN Winter Convergence -- a full weekend of musical inspiration at two locations in NYC from January 24-26, 2020 that will draw hundreds of participants from around the Northeast U.S. and beyond.  

Why Call it a “Convergence”? 
      For years PMN has held Gatherings: weekend-long events with music rooted in struggles for justice and peace.  The NYC Organizing Committee believes that in this moment of global crisis, the role of the People’s Music Network is to help our members join forces -- both musically and politically -- to help inspire and encourage the movements we are part of.  In response, The organizing committee is creating a number of workshop tracks in order to bring together different communities of activist musicians with whom PMN is building ever stronger alliances: 

  1. Activist Choral Music 
  2. Hip Hop
  3. Latin Music and Nueva Cancion

      The elements that many members have come to love about past  PMN Gatherings -- the eclectic Friday night concert; song swaps; jamming; Round Robin; skill sharing; songwriting workshops; shared meals; homestay placements in NYC; Songs of the Spirit; and, we hope, you -- will all be part of this Winter Convergence

PMN Winter Convergence:
Musical Collaboration for Global Justice
@two different locations in NYC
January 24-26, 2020

Early Registration opens December 12, 2019. 

Friday, Jan. 24:  A Concert Bridging Different Generations of Struggle, Musical Styles, and Communities

The People's Forum -- 320 West 37th Street (between 8th & 9th Avenues), NYC
    The show will feature musical performances by the Sing in Solidarity Chorus, Mario Cancel, Jendog Lonewolf, their artistic collaborators, and others.  

Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 25-26: Workshops and Song Sharing
Central Park East II School -- 433 East 100th Street, NYC
     We are delighted to be back at Central Park East II for the second year in a row!  The Saturday workshop program will highlight the distinctiveness of particular musical forms and traditions.  The evening Round Robin will draw shine to the individual talents and contributions of our diverse community. The Sunday morning Sessions will offer different ways for the community to integrate distinct musical forms into a louder, more united, and more powerful cultural force.  

*** Propose a Workshop
      To propose a specific workshop for this upcoming Convergence, consider these Guidelines.  Then you can fill out this Workshop Proposal Form.  Deadline for workshop proposals is December 15, 2019.

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