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 When you register online by Monday, Jan. 20 (or even by Wednesday,  Jan. 22), you help give us accurate meal count numbers for our caterers.  Remember: you can register online and then pay in person! 
Register Now for PMN Winter Convergence!
PMN 2020 Winter Convergence Workshops are Posted!

The program for the 2020 PMN Winter Convergence in NYC will feature multi-part workshop tracks on: 

  1. Activist Choral Music
  2. Hip Hop as a Tool for Liberation
  3. Spoken Word Performance and Writing
  4. Nueva Cancion in the Global Struggle
  5. Song and Poetry Swaps

There are multiple opportunities in this program to learn and share music and skills.  Come and be a part of the beloved community where people sing together and support one another to take our music forward into the broader world.  Read the workshop program.

Buy Friday Concert Tickets*

Friday, January 24 
PMN Winter Concert
@2020 PMN Winter Convergence
 

*Ticket included in full weekend registration.

Come out on Friday January 24, 2020, at 7:30pm, for the People's Music Network for Songs of Freedom and Struggle Winter Concert in New York City!!!  This show will be an inspiring concert featuring a diverse range of artists demonstrating the power of music to effect fundamental social change.  The show features activist choral groups, hip hop artists, songs from the Latin American Nueva canción movement, and bluegrass! 

The concert takes place at The People's Forum at 320 West 37th Street (between 8th & 9th Avenues) New York, NY.This concert is the first part of the three day long PMN Winter Convergence taking place at two venues in NYC from January 24-26, 2020.  On Saturday and Sunday, the convergence moves up to Central Park East II in East Harlem.

 

Order of Show:

Act 1: Mario Cancel and Friends
- Judy Gorman, Fran' Ferrer, Rubén González, Hudson Valley Sally, Sylvain Léroux

Act 2: The New York City Labor Chorus

Act 3: Brooklyn DreamWolf
- Jendog LoneWolf
- YaliniDream
INTERMISSION

Act 4: Sing in Solidarity Chorus

Act 5: Bluestone 739
- Violizzy (aka Liz Taub)
- Maren Swenson Waxenberg
- Fred Gillen

Act 6: Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir

*** An Invitation to join the PMN Pick Up Chorus! 

All PMN Convergence participants are invited to an hour-long rehearsal form 4:30-pm to 5:30 pm led by Savitri of the The Rev. Billy and the Stop Shopping Chorus.  Rehearsal will take place in the basement of the People's Forum in the Paul Robeson Screening Room.  People who make it to the rehearsal will be invited to perform in the finale at the end of the program. More details to follow. 

Plenary Session:
"The Role of the Artist in Times of Crisis

Saturday, January 25, 2020, 3:50-4:50pm
Multi-Purpose Room (1st Floor)
Central Park East II School
433 East 100th Street, New York, NY 10029

The  plenary session at the 2020 PMN Winter Convergence features a panel discussion on “The Role of the Artist in Times of Crisis”.  Panelists will share their perspectives on using music in service of front-line peace and social justice movements.  In a time when the government and media serve to divide and distract the population as a whole, these activists will share the strategies, challenges and successes they face as cultural workers seeking fundamental social change.  The panel will serve an overall goal for the entire weekend-long PMN convergence: to bring diverse artists and activists together to celebrate our craft and to collaborate in using that craft in struggles for a more just, peaceful and ecologically sane world.

  • Khaiim the RaPoet: International touring hip hop artist. (Moderator)
  • Dilson Hernandez: Genre merging artist from the Bronx.
  • Bob Law professional broadcaster on WBAI and founder of National Respect Yourself Youth Organization.
  • Pauline Pisano:  Coordinator, NYC Arts and Culture Committee of The Poor People’s Campaign.
  • Elise Bryant: labor movement educator, organizer and artist. Director of the DC Labor Chorus. 

Making your Plans to Come to NYC

The PMN Winter Convergence takes place at two venues in NYC (Midtown Manhattan & East Harlem) from January 24-26, 2020.  Check out the following resources for information about the event: 

The PMN Winter Convergence is a  supportive and spiritually nourishing community of artists dedicated to using their music for peace and justice.  There are numerous opportunities to learn new skills, make new contacts, share music, and experience the spontaneity of a community that knows how to sing together.  Low-income rates, scholarships, and financial aid are available!  The only way to request homestays is by registering through the website, but you may contact <housing@peoplesmusic.org> to inquire about homestay availability.

In solidarity,

Ben Grosscup
People's Music Network, Executive Director
ben.grosscup@peoplesmusic.org

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