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2019 Fall Convergence

Midtown Manhattan, NYC, The People's Forum, October 20, 2019



Read the Final Info Packet for the convergence! (posted 10/18/2019)

On Sunday, October 20, People's Music Network is hosting a full day Fall Convergence in Manhattan at The People's Forum -- 320 West 37th Street (between 8th & 9th Avenues) New York, NY 10018.

The event features educational and participatory workshops and song swaps during the first half of the day and an open mic for social justice during the second half.  Our goal is to strengthen networks of musicians and poets in the NYC area who use their craft to support movements for justice and liberation.  The day-long event includes community building activities such as an opening ceremony, shared meals for lunch and dinner, a sales table, and built-in networking time.  Come join in with this community building process! 

PMN will also be holding a 3 day gathering in NYC from January 24-26, 2020 in East Harlem, which will have a region-wide focus.  The October 20 gathering enthusiastically welcomes artists from outside NYC, but will focus on NYC organizations.

PMN is delighted to partner with The People's Forum, which is hosting the convergence.  The organization is committed to radical political education and using culture as a tool of social transformation and they are providing their beautiful meeting space for the event.


The PMN/NYC Organizing Committee recognizes the urgency of the political moment we're in right now with rising seas, threats of war, race hatred, economic inequality, and walls (both physical and figurative) that shut regular people out from inclusion in society.  This is a time for activist music makers to get serious about how our craft supports the social movements for justice and liberation that we're part of. 

We're planning a workshop program in which all break out sessions will do two things: 

  1. Make clear what music and cultural work can accomplish in the context of current day movements for peace and justice. 
  2. Exhibit a collaborative form of leadership within the workshop itself in order to incubate future collaborations outside of the gathering, spread the shine among a diverse range of attending artists, and set a tone of active participation.  We ask that all participants bring their shine to this gathering while also being open to what other participants have to offer as well.


9:00 AM: Registration Opens – enjoy coffee and browse the sales table
10:00 AM - 10:20 AM: Opening Ceremony
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM: First Workshop
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM: Lunch Served by Khao'na Kitchen
1:15 PM - 2:45 PM: Second Workshop
2:45 PM - 3:15 PM: Networking Break/ Sales Tables
3:15 PM - 3:30 PM: Plenary Session: Building the People's Music Network in NYC
3:30 PM - 6:30 PM: Open Mic: One song (5min max) per act.
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM: Dinner
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM: Unstructured networking time at the People’s Forum.  Follow up on the conversations you wanted to have earlier in the day.
9:00 PM: Everyone must be out of the building


This workshop grid reflect the primary workshop facilitators.  Additional workshop participants will be added to this:

A) Main Space, Violeta Parra Stage

–Ground Floor

B) Michael Ratner Classroom


C) Paul Robeson Room

–Lower Level

D) Art Space: Song and Poetry Swaps

–Lower Level

E) Josina Machel Room







Hear Us Roar: Music in Direct Action

Charon Hribar

Lu Aya

Nueva Cancion:

No Hay Revolución sin Canción

Mario Cancel

Ben Bath

Singing as a Communal Practice

A. Kazimierska

Graziele Sena


Songs of Hope, Freedom and Justice

Gary Allard

Hip Hop Lyricism: Rhythm, Poetry and Rappin’

Jendog Lonewolf

Dilson Hernandez

Professor Louie


Session 1:15pm



NYC Choral Convergence

-Sing in Solidarity
-Walkabout Clearwater Chorus
-Brooklyn Women's Chorus
-NYC Labor Chorus

Panel of Political Hip Hop Artists in NYC

Dilson Hernandez (Moderator);

Jendog Lonewolf;

Brother Northstar

Bomba Music In the Liberation Struggle

Bomba Yo

Swap: Rhythms and Songs of Resistance

Lindsey Wilson

Ukulele for the World

Christine Glave

Angel Martine

Read full  Workshop Descriptions  (updated 10/7/2019)


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.

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