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Juneteenth Celebration: Songs of Liberation, Freedom and Disability Awareness (Online Swap)

  • 06/16/2022
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Zoom Link Provided upon Registration


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The People’s Music Network invites musicians and poets to participate in our online community art performance event on Thursday, June 16, 2022, in celebration of Juneteenth.  

Juneteenth is a holiday of social inclusion.  The date of June 20, 2022 will be the first federally recognized observance of this historic event.  We especially want to prioritize the inclusion of artists who are physically unable to attend the many in person Juneteenth events taking place that same week.  

We're asking artists to share poetry and songs of Liberation, Freedom and Disability Awareness in honor of Juneteenth that speak to the struggles of people fighting for a better world, free from war, poverty, racism, and all forms of oppression.  In these challenging 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.

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 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.  Artists sharing videos first give a live introduction.  

Free Livestream



Thursday, June 16, 2022, 7:00 – 9:00 PM (ET)

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

Registration Deadline: Monday, June 13, at 8:00 PM (ET)

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.


0. Joanie Calem, Introduction www.joaniecalem.com
1. Angie Whitehurst, TBD
2. Gary David Allard, TBD
3. Susan Kelly, "Deep Peace" guided relaxation
4. Jendog Lonewolf, "Black People: The Love Song"
5. Steve Williams, "From the Belly of the Slave Ship"
6. VeraForLove , "Hiii and In a World Where Black Lives Matter" www.veraforlove.com
7. Mary McCaffrey, "Ella's Song"
8. carl ADAMS, Nance: Trials of the First Slave Freed by Abraham Lincoln www.nancebook.com
9. Dr. K Karen Wilson-Ama'Echefu, TBD
10. Albert McCray, Loves in Need of Love Today - A Change Is Gonna Come
11. Elaine Kolb, In Spite of it All
12. Lindsey Wilson, TBD
13. Steve Suffet, "On My Long Journey Home" www.stevesuffet.com
14. STORM , poem/song
15. SK Kelly's Daughter Kelly, Signed Song
16. Chris "Oledude" Owens, Home Again
17. Azubike Aliche, The message of Juneteenth

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 are new or relatively new to our series of online song and poetry swaps.  We also give priority to artists intending to address the theme of Juneteenth, Liberation, Freedom and Disability Awareness.  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: One hour before showtime @ 6:00pm (ET)

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.

Help Publicize!

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


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