We get together for large and small events. You need not be a member to attend most of them, however membership usually allows you to take advantage of discounted rates (for those events that charge for participation). If you would like to view all of our currently scheduled events, please see the Events menu.
PMN Members sharing a song at a Gathering
We have national Gatherings twice each year in winter and summer in various locations around the United States. Check our upcoming Gathering events at Upcoming Major Events.
These weekend long events include:
Friday Evening Concert
Hear national artists & PMN members from around the country.
Dozens of Workshops
Weekend participants lead workshops highlighting group singing, song sharing, and skills for using music for progressive social change (e.g., performance, songwriting, music promotion & using song in struggles for justice).
Saturday night we gather for a Round Robin song share where attendees are invited to perform a song for the group and to enjoy the music of others.
We make the weekend more affordable by organizing homestays nearby with PMN members and supporters. Meals are included in the registration fees. Special rates for members, different income scales. Financial aid is available. We have scholarships for artists of color and for young artists.
Twice each year we open our Gatherings with a big concert, featuring new and established artists who use their art to promote peace and social justice.
A number of local PMN members host regular or spontaneous song and poetry swaps in various locations. If you’d like to join a song swap, please get in touch with the organizer. If you’d like to start a PMN affiliated song/poetry swap in your area, please contact Ben Grosscup, PMN Executive Director.
NOTE: We are working to incorporate Song and Poetry Swaps into our regular Events calendar. Until that happens, here is a list of our current swaps. We encourage you to contact the hosts before attending, because details may change.
Hartford, CT: Meetinghouse Sing-Along!
When: Second Saturday of each month, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Where: UU Meeting House, 50 Bloomfield Avenue, Hartford, CT (Near University of Hartford)
Maggie Greene, Fred Louis, and Ed Savage offer an opportunity to Connecticut Singing families, Peoples Music Network singers, song-writers and audience members to join in song with acoustic instruments. We have song-sheets and some copies of the Rise Up Singing and Rise Again songbooks available. Bring along your own Rise Up Singing if you have one. We have a little juice drink and herbal teabags and gratefully enjoy any other snacks you might choose to bring.
How does this work? It is not an “open mike” event, although solos are welcomed. We put chairs in a circle and take turns singing or playing, with those who know the tune or words joining in as they wish. You can come early or come late, whatever fits your family schedule.
New York City: Monthly Upper West Side Song Swap
When: Second Sundays of each month from 5-8 pm.
Where: Hostelling International, 891 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025, on the corner of 103rd.
Description: A song swap where everyone is welcome to play, in turn, or request a song. Sometimes we may include a feature artist
Greenfield, MA: Freedom & Struggle Song SwapWhen: 4th Saturday of each month, 5:00-7:30pm - ADA accessible
Where: Hosted by Dance Spree at the Episcopal Church of St James & Andrew, 71 Federal St, Greenfield, MA
Downtown Greenfield. Follow signs for Dance Spree around to the back parking lot and enter through door with wheelchair ramp.Contacts: (Please contact a host to confirm the details of this event)
Jasper via email or (413) 658-7011 (Voice call only)
Anne via email or (860) 970-7271 (Text only)Description: A place for all to sing! All ages, all talent levels welcome. Bring your own original songs, copies of Rise Up Singing, deep curiosity, your friends and family, and some food for pot luck. We'll sing anything and everything from Negro spirituals to Beatles to the hottest new song by Hudson Valley Sally - followed by a dance from 7:30-10:00pm!
Suggested donation: $5 - $10 sliding scale ; no one turned away for lack of funds.
Note: We will not be meeting in June 2019, due to the annual conference of the Great Labor Arts Exchange.