Upcoming Online Events

    • 01/29/2021
    • 4:30 PM (EST)
    • 01/31/2021
    • 3:30 PM (EST)
    • Zoom links sent to registrants 3 days before event. (Times are EST, unless otherwise noted)
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    The People's Music Network for Songs of Freedom and Struggle carries on our rich tradition of dynamic weekend-long community events about music for peace and justice. The 41st Annual PMN Winter Gathering takes place January 29-31, 2021 in a series of Zoom Rooms, led by experienced facilitators. This global online activist music convergence includes an opening concert, multiple workshops on making music during the pandemic, educational workshops about different musical traditions of struggle, and open song circles. Attendees may also sign up for a slot in the Round Robin, and reconnect with others during the built-in social times. Non-members receive special weekend registration rates that include a year-long membership in PMN.


    WEEKEND PROGRAM:

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    • 01/29/2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EST)
    • https://www.youtube.com/c/PeoplesMusicNetwork/live
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    TUNE INTO THE LIVE BROADCAST

    https://www.youtube.com/c/PeoplesMusicNetwork/live

    January 29,  7:00 PM - 9:00 P (ET):

    This Concert is part of the 41st annual PMN Virtual Winter Convergence, from January 29-31, which you can register for hereIf you're registering for the full convergence, there's no need to also register here.  If you are already a PMN member, it is even better to register using the link above.  But if you'd like to attend this special concert only at a low-cost, you can register for the concert using the Register button a the bottom of the left hand column!

    * REGISTRATION isn't required to tune in to the free livestream, but when you register, you get an automatic reminder about the show with the option to tune in via Zoom. 

    (Emcee) FRANK ANTONIO LÓPEZ (LUMI) is a Dominican poet, emcee, and artist educator born and raised in Uptown NYC. He is a co-founder of The Peace Poets-- a collective of hip hop artists using art as a tool for organizing, healing & creative expression.  www.thepeacepoets.com/artist/frank-lopez

    KIM HARRIS is a gifted cantor, leader of song and a passionate cultural advocate.  Kim is particularly interested in helping pass along the African American traditions of freedom singing that have sustained people through difficulty and oppression. If she does that, she says, "Then I'll know that I've done some good work...and it will be for the next generations to pass on the traditions as they see fit." 

    HOT GLUE & THE GUN is a NYC-based, indie collective that explores the gluey intersections of song, story, & each other.  Founding members Carrie Klein & Joel McGlynn craft their work from old scraps of heartache, joy, collaboration, and conversation.  Art is not a spectator sport.  Come #BeTheGlue. Previous projects include: Autohighfidelicadillacomatic (EP-2016); The GLUEY ZOOMY SHOW (Series-2020).  www.hotglueandthegun.com/

    GARY ALLARD is a soulful Contemporary Singer-Songwriter. He continues to build his unique sound by extracting inspiration from a plethora of genres including Folk Pop, Gospel, R&B and Caribbean Music. He composes his lyrics from his own personal and social experiences, striving to connect with his audience through tender yet powerful emotional singing.

    MELISSA BRAVEN was always singing since day one. She started writing songs in grade school which developed into a passion as a teenager. “It was my secret, in a way---a release during a really hard time, a headspace where I always felt heard.”  Melissa studied classical voice, wanting to build a solid foundation of technique. Despite a love for classical music, she always found her mind wandering back to her own writing. “I have a deep respect for many music genres,” she says. “I just found that my writing was where I felt centered. Telling your own truth is really freeing. And I hope that maybe it can help someone? Music has incredible power to heal and empower.”  www.melissabraven.com


    LEA GILMORE 
    is one of the world's most respected inspirational vocalists, social justice and human rights advocates, song leader, and writer… Lea has been said to command a "rich and passionate voice in all ways…  a gift from her soul to our ears and our heart." The jazz, blues, folk and gospel vocalist has lent her voice, literally and figuratively, to advocacy for the under-served around the globe and in her own backyard.   www.leagilmore.net

    NOTE:  After registering for this Concert, if you decide you'd like to join the People's Music Network as a member, please send an email to pmn@peoplesmusic.org with subject line: "Would like to join PMN".  You will be given instructions for how to pay annual membership dues, minus any payment made for this workshop.

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    • 01/30/2021
    • 4:15 PM - 6:00 PM (EST)
    • Zoom links sent to registrants 3 days before event. (Times are EST, unless otherwise noted)
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    BEFORE READING ANY FURTHER:  This workshop is part of the 41st annual PMN Virtual Winter Convergence, from January 29-31, which you can register for hereIf you're registering for the full convergence, there's no need to also register here. If you are already a PMN member, it is better to register using the link above. 

    But if you'd like a low-cost way to participate in this exciting workshop and just dip your feet into the People's Music Network, you've found the right page!

    WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:  Pete Seeger often talked about his belief that if there is still a human race in a hundred years one of the main reasons will be that we found ways to sing together. We’ll explore ways we get people singing with each other on rallies & picket lines, in community & labor choruses, at monthly singalongs, at organizing meetings, and in faith communities, schools & camps. We’ll share ways we’ve learned to maximize the impact on hearts & minds of those involved. 

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    NOTE:  After registering for this workshop, if you decide you'd like to join the People's Music Network as a member, please send an email to pmn@peoplesmusic.org with subject line: "Would like to join PMN".  You will be given instructions for how to pay annual membership dues, minus any payment made for this workshop.

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    • 01/30/2021
    • 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM (EST)
    • www.youtube.com/c/PeoplesMusicNetwork/live
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    What is the PMN Round Robin?

    PMN Members who are registered for the 2021 Virtual PMN Winter Convergence may use the registration form on this page to sign up to share a song or a poem in the "Round Robin".  This event is an evening of sharing by PMN members where we especially encourage first time members to participate.  All members are invited to sign up to share one song, spoken word, storytelling, or dance piece.  We have a strict 5 minute limit.  There is no set topic.  We simply ask that participating artists relate their performance to PMN's mission of using music, poetry, and other forms of cultural work as catalysts for a just and peaceful world.  

    The Round Robin is the quintessential activity of People's Music Network Gatherings.  You can read a brief history of the People's Music Network written by Charlie King and Luci Murphy, which describes the first Round Robin in 1977.   The format of the Round Robin will be similar to PMN's online song swaps since March 2020, but there will be more hosts, more performers, and more fanfare, and it will go longer than usual. 

    Livestream

    The content of the Round Robin will also be livestreamed free of charge via the PMN Facebook Page AND the PMN Youtube Channel.

    Registering and Connecting

    Registered performers and audience members will receive an e-mail message containing the Zoom Meeting link.  Registering as a performer doesn't automatically mean you will be included in the final performance line up, but it is the first step (See below, "How we Select the Performers").  We will do our best to include you.  

    Registration Deadline: Wednesday, January 27 at 9:00 PM (EDT)

    The order of performance will be released the morning after the registration deadline.  You may register for this event after the deadline and you'll be added to the wait list.

    LYRICS:  Posted the day before the Round Robin.

    PERFORMER LIST:  Posted the day before the Round Robin.

    Eligibility to Perform

    Performers in this swap must:

    1)   Be PMN members in good standing.* 

    2)   Register using this online form.

    3)   Also be registered for the 2021 Virtual PMN Winter Convergence.

    4)   Have a computer with 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

    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.  We hold these song swap events regularly.  If we can't fit you in this time, anticipate more opportunities soon!

    Technical Orientation Session: Thursday, January 28, 4:00-5:30 PM

    Selected performers will receive an e-mail invitation to a technical orientation session at the time listed above by the morning of the same day.  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 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.

    Free Livestream

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    Saturday, January 30, 7:00 - 11:00 PM (ET)

    **Past and future Livestreams are available through the PMN Facebook Live Page: https://www.facebook.com/Peoples.Music.Network/live

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    • 01/31/2021
    • 11:00 AM - 12:45 PM (EST)
    • Zoom links sent to registrants 3 days before event. (Times are EST, unless otherwise noted)
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    BEFORE READING ANY FURTHER:  This workshop is part of the 41st annual PMN Virtual Winter Convergence, from January 29-31.   PMN Members who are already registered for the Convergence may use the registration form on this page to sign up for the workshop with Si Kahn, which has a limit of 12 participants.   There will be a wait list taken on a first come basis.   We may also be able to offer this workshop again at another time. 

    Workshop Description:  This is a community event in which we’ll work together to deal with the issues we all confront as songwriters.  One at a time participants will ask questions and those who have suggestions will make them.  If Si thinks we’ve missed something important, he’ll pitch in.  Just so you know, this workshop about the art and craft of songwriting, not about issues like copyright or how you can get Beyoncé to record your song.  Limited to 12, first come first served.

    Facilitator:  Si Kahn is in his 56th years as a civil rights, union and community organizer.  He says his songwriting is “A hobby that got out of hand.” https://sikahn.com/


Past events

01/17/2021 Trans-Atlantic Song Session: Songs of Freedom and Struggle
12/29/2020 "Songs of Freedom and Struggle" (Online Swap)
12/17/2020 "Songs of Freedom and Struggle" (Online Swap)
12/11/2020 Feeding Body & Soul W/The Power Of Community (Online Concert)
12/01/2020 "Songs of Freedom and Struggle" (Online Swap)
11/19/2020 "Songs of Freedom and Struggle" (Online Swap)
11/13/2020 "Songs of Freedom and Struggle" (Online Swap)
10/29/2020 "Songs of Freedom and Struggle" (Online Swap)
10/26/2020 "If I had a Song": Workshopping Songs in Progress that have a Political Edge" (Online workshop)
10/18/2020 Trans-Atlantic Song Swap: Songs of Freedom and Struggle (Online Swap)
10/16/2020 Good Trouble . . . Vote! (Online Concert)
10/12/2020 Indigenous Peoples’ Day (Online Concert)
10/02/2020 "Songs of Freedom and Struggle" (Online Swap)
09/24/2020 All Power to the People! (Online Concert)
09/18/2020 "Songs of Freedom and Struggle" (Online Swap)
09/17/2020 Hard Hitting Words for Hard Hit People (Online Concert)
09/07/2020 Labor Day Concert for All (Online Concert)
08/28/2020 "Songs of Freedom and Struggle" (Online Swap)
08/23/2020 Trans-Atlantic Song Swap, Part 2 of 2: Songs of Liberation, Justice, and People's Empowerment (Online Swap)
08/17/2020 "Grain of Salt": Workshopping Songs in Progress with a Political Edge" (Online workshop)
08/13/2020 "Songs of Freedom and Struggle" (Online Swap)
08/06/2020 Hiroshima Never Again (International Concert)
07/30/2020 "Songs of Freedom and Struggle" (Online Swap)
07/26/2020 Sisters Sing In Solidarity (Online Concert)
07/24/2020 Trans-Atlantic Song Swap, Part 1 of 2: Songs of Liberation, Justice, and People's Empowerment (Online Swap)
07/19/2020 The Centennial Of Women’s Suffrage & Empowerment (Online Concert)
07/17/2020 "Songs of Freedom and Struggle" (Online Swap)
07/12/2020 Songs of the Spirit (Participatory Singing)
07/02/2020 "Songs of Freedom and Struggle" (Online Swap)
06/26/2020 Artists Against Racial Oppression: A Hip Hop and Spoken Word Collaboration
06/22/2020 "Grain of Salt": Workshopping Songs in Progress with a Political Edge" (Online workshop)
06/18/2020 "Songs to hear during a pandemic" (Online Swap)
06/15/2020 Building Online Musical Community (Online Workshop)
06/14/2020 PMN Summer Membership Meeting
06/14/2020 PMN Songs of the Spirit (Participatory Singing)
06/13/2020 PMN Summer Round Robin (Online Swap)
06/12/2020 PMN Schmooze Rooms (Coffee Hour Hangouts)
06/11/2020 PMN Summer Concert: Natu Camara, Evan Greer, Lara Herscovitch, Aileen Vance, Two of a Kind, & Frank Antonio López
05/29/2020 "An Evening of Nueva Canción" (Online Swap)
05/21/2020 "Songs to hear during a pandemic" (Online Swap)
05/18/2020 "Grain of Salt": Workshopping Songs in Progress with a Political Edge" (Online workshop)
05/15/2020 PMN Honors The Life and Music of John Prine (Online Concert)
05/07/2020 "Songs to hear during a pandemic" (Online Swap)
05/01/2020 "International Workers' Day: Labor Produces all the Wealth" (Online Swap)
04/23/2020 "The Ecological Crisis is Here" (Online Swap)
04/17/2020 “Songs we need to hear during a Pandemic" (Online Swap)
04/09/2020 “Songs we need to hear during a Pandemic" (Online Swap)
04/03/2020 Online Song and Poetry Swap via Live Video Conference: “Songs we need to hear during a Pandemic"
03/27/2020 Online Song and Poetry Swap via Live Video Conference: “Songs we need to hear during a Pandemic"
03/20/2020 Online Song and Poetry Swap via Live Video Conference: “Songs we need to hear during a Pandemic"
01/24/2020 PMN Winter Concert 2020
01/24/2020 PMN Winter Convergence, NYC 2020
10/20/2019 PMN Fall Convergence NYC, Oct. 20, 2019
06/20/2019 PMN Members at 2019 Great Labor Arts Exchange, Silver Spring, MD

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