Upcoming Online Events

    • 08/05/2021
    • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom Meeting Link provided upon registration
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    OVERVIEW

    In this three-part virtual workshop series, activist troubadour, David Rovics, shares his best tips for developing your skills as an activist musician.  Each session takes place on the first Thursday of the month from August to October 2021 from 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM (ET).  

    REGISTRATION AND PARTICIPATION

    As soon as you complete registration, you receive an email confirmation with the Zoom Link for all three sessions in this series.  Each session builds upon the others, but you may attend them in any combination.  Registrants gain access to video recordings shortly after they take place, and if you sign up late in the series, you receive instant access to previous recordings.  Showing up live is ideal because it gives you the chance to ask questions and participate in the discussion.  Registration is free to PMN members with optional contributions welcome.  Non-members may register on a sliding scale. 

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

    DESCRIPTIONS

    SESSION 1 of 3: Songwriting and Performing

    Thursday, August 5, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM (ET)

    Of course, when we're talking about sharing music, getting it out there, and making any money from it, the songs are primary.  So in this workshop, we focus on the craft of writing songs, particularly when it comes to writing songs about current or historical events, or the sorts of songs that will tend to get categorized as "activist."  We'll talk about writing music -- an essential aspect of writing any song.  Along with best practices, we'll talk about songwriting pitfalls best avoided.  Finally, we'll also talk about performing.

    SESSION 2 of 3: Sharing Your Music

    Thursday, September 2, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM (ET)

    OK, so you have written a few great songs. Now what?  Writing a song about something is much more exciting when people actually hear it.  But with the millions of songs on music streaming platforms that have never even been played once, how can you possibly cut through all that noise?  There are many ways, and we'll talk about some of them.  We'll start with recording a song so it stands a chance of being heard in the first place.  Then, the many different places you can share a song.  Finally, we'll look at how you can maintain a musical presence on the web to build an audience for your music.

    SESSION 3 of 3: Crowdsourcing Everything

    Thursday, October 7, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM (ET)

    So, you've written some great songs, you've recorded them well, you've gotten them onto the various online platforms, and you have an online presence that allows you to be part of the conversation with regards to your songs and other songs like them.  But you're hungry.  In this session, we talk about the many different ways you can monetize your success.  By "success," I don't mean financial success or fame.  I mean you've succeeded in writing some songs that everybody agrees are really, really good.  Not your mom, or your roommate, or your guitar teacher.  You've written sad songs that make strangers cry when they hear them.  There's no money on Spotify even if you get a million streams a year (I know, I do).  But there are still plenty of ways to make money from your music, allowing you to record more albums, tour, buy groceries, and even pay the rent.  As an independent musician -- no matter how good and no matter how political you are -- you're also a businessperson, if you're trying to make any money at it.  Once you accept that, I can help you, and that's what this section is all about.  

    PRESENTER BIO

    DAVID ROVICS is a songwriter, musician, blogger and podcaster based in Portland, Oregon.  Since the 1990’s, David has been touring regularly throughout North America, Europe, and occasionally elsewhere, playing on stages large and small, at protests and festivals as well as in squatted social centers and folk clubs.  He has recorded dozens of albums and has millions of his songs viewed, streamed and downloaded every year.  His podcast, "This Week with David Rovics" consists of interviews, new songs, rants, and concerts.  He writes regularly for Counterpunch and Fifth Estate, among other publications.  In the post-CD, housing crisis era, many of David’s creative and organizing efforts have focused on streaming justice and eviction abolition.  David also plays music for kids.

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    • 08/11/2021
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • On Zoom and YouTube Live
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    This is a chance for PMN members to share songs of Freedom and Struggle in a fun and collaborative online setting!


    How to Participate

    Members of the People's Music Network, especially new members, and invited artists may use the online registration form to sign up to share a song or a poem during this event OR to be part of the audience.  Just press the "Register" button on the left side of the web page.  Registered performers and audience members receive an e-mail message containing the Zoom Meeting link immediately after they register.  Registering as a performer does not automatically mean you'll be included in the final performance line up, but it is the first step (See below, "How we Select the Performers").  We encourage live performance, but you may submit a pre-recorded video when you register to substitute for a live performance.  Members sharing videos first give a live introduction.  

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

    Registration Deadline: Monday, August 9 at 8:00 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.

    The Topic

    In this livestreamed video conference event, members of the People's Music Network are invited to share poetry and songs of Freedom and Struggle that speak to the struggles of people fighting for a better world, free from war, poverty, racism, and all forms of oppression.  In these  dangerous times, we gather strength and courage from songs that nourish our spirits, and that help us make sense of the events unfolding before us, and sustain the dream of a better future where people can live in dignity.

    LYRICS:  (posted the day before the event)

    PERFORMER LIST:  (posted the day before the event)

    Eligibility to Perform:

    Performers in this swap must:

    1)   Be invited artists and/or PMN members in good standing.* 

    2)   Register using the online form.

    3)   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

    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.  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.  PMN hosts song sharing events regularly.  If we can't fit you in this time, anticipate more opportunities soon!

    Technical Orientation Session: Tuesday, August 104:00-5:00 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

    TUNE INTO THE LIVE BROADCAST via YOUTUBE

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    Wednesday, August 11, 4:00 - 6:00 PM (ET)

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

    Help Publicize!

    Encourage your friends to tune into this online musical event for progressive culture:  Share the event on Facebook!!   [LinkComingSoon]

    • 08/17/2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • On Zoom and YouTube Live
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    After a fantastic initial PMN Ensembles song Swap in July, we're doing it again in August!  This format  emphasizes performances by groups with 2 or more people who make music together.  The promotional image for this event includes images of ensembles who have performed at previous PMN online events (from left to right and top to bottom: Da Fours, Occupella, Hot Glue and the Gun, and the Black Workers Center Chorus.


    How to Participate

    Members of the People's Music Network may use the online registration form to sign up an ensemble they're part of to share two songs during this event.  Members may also register to be in the audience.  Just press the "Register" button on the left side of the web page.  Registered performers and audience members receive an e-mail message containing the Zoom Meeting link immediately after they register.  Registering your ensemble does not automatically mean you'll be included in the final performance line up, but it is the first step (See below, "How we Select the Performers").  We encourage live performance, but you may submit a pre-recorded video when you register to substitute for a live performance.  Members sharing videos first give a live introduction.  

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

    Registration Deadline: Sunday, August 15 at 8:00 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.

    The Topic

    We're looking for poetry and songs of Freedom and Struggle that speak to the struggles of people fighting for a better world, free from war, poverty, racism, and all forms of oppression.  In these dangerous times, we gather strength and courage from songs that nourish our spirits, and that help us make sense of the events unfolding before us, and sustain the dream of a better future where people can live in dignity.

    LYRICS:  (posted the day before the event)

    PERFORMER LIST:  (posted the day before the event)

    Eligibility to Perform:

    To perform in this song swap, you must:

    1)   Be a PMN member in good standing and/or have received a special invitation. 

    2)   Be part of a musical ensemble that is confirmed. 

    2)   Register using the online form.

    3)   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

    For this event we are prioritizing PMN members who belong to performing ensembles.  New members are particularly encouraged to register.  Each member wishing to perform is invited to register sooner than later, but selection for the final performer list, is not first-come first-served.  Because we are giving each act 10 minutes, we can only accommodate a maximum of 9 acts.  If we can't fit in every act this time, anticipate more opportunities similar to this one coming soon!

    Technical Orientation Session: Monday, August 16, 6:00-7:00 PM

    Selected ensembles 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 from your live performance depends on the equipment you have and how you use it.  Find tips to improve audio quality here.

    Free Livestream

    TUNE INTO THE LIVE BROADCAST via YOUTUBE

    [linkcomingsoon]

    Tuesday, August 17, 7:00 - 9:00 PM (ET)

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

    Help Publicize!

    Encourage your friends to tune into this online musical event for progressive culture:  Share the event on Facebook!!   [linkcomingsoon]

    • 08/23/2021
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom Meeting Link Provided upon confirmation
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    Registration Deadline

    The deadline to register is Thursday, August 19 at 8:00 PM.  

    Workshop Description

    Pete Seeger said, "a song is not an editorial."  How can we get our message across without pontificating or resorting to clichés in lyrics and melody?  What is it about songs with a political edge that enables them to cut through convention and allow people to think new thoughts?

    Writing songs that deliver a compelling message of social justice in ways that move people's hearts is both a political and artistic process that integrates analysis with feeling, rhythm, and style.  If you are somewhere in the middle of this process, and interested in receiving peer feedback on your own work in progress, then this workshop is for you.

    This popular PMN workshop is an invitation to present your song-in-progress to a group of like-minded songwriters for feedback and critique.  We'll discuss "stars and wishes"  -- what works well, and where there's room for improvement.  We'll explore the songwriting process as we listen to each others' songs and discover, not only the components of an effective song, but how to give and receive positive and/or constructive feedback.

    How to participate:

    1. Registration is limited to no more than 7 participants, and we will take a waiting list.  Preference is given to first-time participants in the "If I had a Song" workshop series.
    2. Submitting a lyric sheet of the song in progress is required at the time of registration.  If the lyrics change, then, no later than noon (ET) on the day of the workshop, please send one copy of the latest version as an attachment to BOTH ben.grosscup@peoplesmusic.org and patla42@gmail.com using subject line "Updated Lyrics for: If I had a Song".
    3. Check for the email confirmation with details on how to connect to the Zoom video conference platform, which will be provided at least one day in advance of the session.

    Workshop Facilitators:

    • Pat Lamanna: Long-time member of PMN; award-winning singer-songwriter. Learned about this type of workshop at Summersongs, a songwriter’s retreat.   www.patlamanna.com
    • Ben Grosscup Executive director of PMN; award-winning songwriter and parodist who sings about the ideas and values of the revolutionary social movements he’s part of at rallies, strikes, picket lines, and other events.  www.youtube.com/c/BenGrosscup

    Eligibility to Participate

    Participants in this workshop must:

    1. be PMN members in good standing* 
    2. register using this form
    3. 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

    • 09/27/2021
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom Meeting Link Provided upon confirmation
    Register

    Registration Deadline

    The deadline to register is Friday, September 24 at 8:00 PM.  

    Workshop Description

    Pete Seeger said, "a song is not an editorial."  How can we get our message across without pontificating or resorting to clichés in lyrics and melody?  What is it about songs with a political edge that enables them to cut through convention and allow people to think new thoughts?

    Writing songs that deliver a compelling message of social justice in ways that move people's hearts is both a political and artistic process that integrates analysis with feeling, rhythm, and style.  If you are somewhere in the middle of this process, and interested in receiving peer feedback on your own work in progress, then this workshop is for you.

    This popular PMN workshop is an invitation to present your song-in-progress to a group of like-minded songwriters for feedback and critique.  We'll discuss "stars and wishes"  -- what works well, and where there's room for improvement.  We'll explore the songwriting process as we listen to each others' songs and discover, not only the components of an effective song, but how to give and receive positive and/or constructive feedback.

    How to participate:

    1. Registration is limited to no more than 7 participants, and we will take a waiting list.  Preference is given to first-time participants in the "If I had a Song" workshop series.
    2. Submitting a lyric sheet of the song in progress is required at the time of registration.  If the lyrics change, then, no later than noon (ET) on the day of the workshop, please send one copy of the latest version as an attachment to BOTH ben.grosscup@peoplesmusic.org and patla42@gmail.com using subject line "Updated Lyrics for: If I had a Song".
    3. Check for the email confirmation with details on how to connect to the Zoom video conference platform, which will be provided at least one day in advance of the session.

    Workshop Facilitators:

    • Marcie Boyd:  Marcie Boyd is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, teacher, activist, and longtime PMN member.  She lives in Berkeley, CA, where she sings with Occupella and the LaPeña Chorus.
    • Steve Deasy:  Award-winning American-Canadian performing songwriter, producer and arranger; socially conscious in the tradition of Bob Dylan and Pete Seeger with contemporary musicality.  PMN Steering Committee member. www.stevedeasy.com

    Eligibility to Participate

    Participants in this workshop must:

    1. be PMN members in good standing* 
    2. register using this form
    3. 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

Past events

07/26/2021 "If I had a Song": Workshopping Songs in Progress that have a Political Edge" (Online workshop)
07/25/2021 Songs of the Spirit (Participatory Singing)
07/22/2021 "Songs of Freedom and Struggle" (Online Swap)
07/15/2021 "Ensembles of the People's Music Network" (Online Swap)
07/09/2021 "Songs of Freedom and Struggle" (Online Swap)
06/28/2021 "If I had a Song": Workshopping Songs in Progress that have a Political Edge" (Online workshop)
06/05/2021 Round Robin at PMN Summer Convergence (Online Swap)
06/05/2021 2A. Singing For Fun For Everyone (PMN Convergence Workshop)
06/04/2021 PMN Summer Concert: Munit Mesfin, Elise Bryant, David Rovics, Jane Sapp, Elise Witt, and Black Workers Center Chorus
06/04/2021 People's Music Network Virtual Summer Convergence
05/24/2021 "If I had a Song": Workshopping Songs in Progress that have a Political Edge" (Online workshop)
05/23/2021 Songs of the Spirit (Participatory Singing)
05/16/2021 PMN Coffee Hour: What artists have had a profound impact on your political growth? (Member Discussion)
04/29/2021 Pre-Mayday (International Workers Day) Song & Poetry Swap
04/26/2021 "If I had a Song": Workshopping Songs in Progress that have a Political Edge" (Online workshop)
04/25/2021 Songs of the Spirit (Participatory Singing)
04/23/2021 "Songs of Freedom and Struggle" (Online Swap)
04/13/2021 "Songs of Freedom and Struggle" (Online Swap)
03/30/2021 "Songs of Freedom and Struggle" (Online Swap)
03/24/2021 Jacktrip Practice Session: Singing Together Online with Low Latency
03/23/2021 Sonobus Practice Session: Singing Together Online with Low Latency
03/23/2021 Soundjack Practice Session: Singing Together Online with Low Latency
03/22/2021 "If I had a Song": Workshopping Songs in Progress that have a Political Edge" (Online workshop)
03/21/2021 Songs of the Spirit (Participatory Singing)
03/19/2021 "Songs of Freedom and Struggle" (Online Swap)
02/28/2021 Songs of the Spirit (Participatory Singing)
01/31/2021 Sunday: The Art and Craft of Songwriting (PMN Convergence Workshop)
01/30/2021 PMN Winter Round Robin (Online Swap)
01/30/2021 Planetary Survival & Communal Singing (PMN Convergence Workshop)
01/30/2021 Saturday: The Art and Craft of Songwriting (PMN Convergence Workshop)
01/29/2021 PMN Winter Concert: Frankie Lopez, Kim Harris, Hot Glue & the Gun, Gary Allard, Melissa Braven, Lea Gilmore
01/29/2021 People's Music Network Virtual Winter Convergence
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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