The Philadelphia Music Co-op offers artist showcase, networking, promotion, gig booking, and distribution opportunities. The Co-op employs cooperative values of shared ownership and a holistic approach to help artists help themselves. At PFS, we have developed relationships and frequent contact with area promoters, press, media, and venue talent buyers, which we leverage for the Co-op members. Co-op artists are immediately given weighted consideration for programs that PFS directly produces. Collectively, nearly 30 spots per year are reserved for programs including the Philadelphia Folk Festival; a season of monthly concerts, workshops and house concerts; and the Odyssey of American Music education program to name a few. Additionally, PFS is on-hand to offer contacts in many facets of the music business, including press contacts, venue managers, booking agents, managers, licensing reps, label execs, and many more.
It all starts with a consultation with the PFS staff, available to each artist member upon registration (or annually thereafter). During this consult, PFS gets information on your history and project vision, and determines potential areas of growth through the co-op. PFS staff is always available to co-op artists by email or phone to discuss possible opportunities, special project interests, and creative partnerships.
Do you want to record a CD or press a vinyl record?
Need an organization to partner on or produce your CD release show?
Would you like an opportunity to network with the most influential music executives and artists in Philadelphia?
Do you want to record a CD or press a vinyl record?
Hoping for more support during and opportunities for sponsorship to regional and national conferences?
Philly Music Co-op artists are immediately given weighted consideration for programs that PFS directly produces. Collectively, nearly 30 spots per year are reserved for programs including the Philadelphia Folk Festival; a season of monthly concerts, workshops and house concerts; and the Odyssey of American Music education program to name a few.
PFS provides Co-op artists that participate in these programs with directly some accompanying benefits, and these could include press associated with the respective event, radio interviews and play, TV interviews, promo and advertising, cd reviews, and licensing opportunities.
At PFS, we have partners that help us produce the Philadelphia Folk Festival and our recurring programs. In addition, we have contact with most area venues and talent buyers, entertainment lawyers, management and PR companies, licensing representatives, festival managers, craftspeople and artisans, and event vendors. We will host an annual meeting for co-op artists to meet each other and top Philly music industry leaders.
The PFS staff attends various conferences annually including the Folk Alliance International Conference, Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference, APAP and many more national conferences intermittently. Any Co-op artist formally participating in a conference PFS is attending is given opportunity to present at feature showcases.
Additionally, PFS is on-hand to offer contacts in many facets of the music business, including press contacts, venue managers, booking agents, managers, licensing reps, label execs, and many more.
Philadelphia Music Co-op FAQs
How are Co-op artists considered for events?
While spots are reserved and special consideration is given for Philadelphia Music Co-op, artists are directly programmed by a jury who reviews web links provided by Co-op members at the time of their membership activation or renewal. Make sure PFS is up to date on your latest CD, project, media, press, and web presence. Artists are booked at direct PFS events based on quality of craft or songwriting, cohesion with PFS mission, crowd draw and response, quality of performance media and press attention. This year PFS began holding showcasing directly designed to link the Co-op jury with artists’ live performances. We are planning more of these, as they provide an opportunity for artists to meet other Co-op members and music executive, as well as to showcase their work in a concert setting.
For the Philadelphia Folk Festival:
Any artists can submit through Sonicbids at this link. Co-op artists can submit through Sonicbids for free using codes provided by Justin Nordell, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. If you do not have Sonicbids, please also email Justin during the jurying process.
For our season of events, Odyssey of American Music, workshops, and house concerts:
For some events, PFS will provide a submission link. When applicable, an email will be sent to all current artists in the Co-op detailing the process for submission. We strive to notify our artists for consideration two to three months before the program.
When will I learn if I have been accepted to perform at the Philadelphia Folk Festival or other events?
Artist selection for the Philadelphia Folk Festival happens after April of each year for the upcoming Festival (third weekend in August). Some are announced at the time of initial lineup release, but there are other spots that are announced after this up until the time of the Festival.
Artist selection for the PFS season typically happens between August and September for the season running October to June (of the following year).
Who are some of the partners and venues who have booked Co-op artists?
National Constitution Center, Spring Gulch Folk Fest, Underground Arts, Keswick TheatreGunner’s Run, Colonial Theatre, Kung Fu Necktie, Yards Brewing Company, Free Library of Philadelphia, World Cafe Live, Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (Kimmel), REI, Milkboy Philly, Milkboy, Ardmore, Milkboy Bryn Mawr, Community College of Philadelphia, Tin Angel, Triumph Brewery and more. The list is always growing.
How can I be more involved as a Co-op artist?
PFS is currently brainstorming an artist “task force” made up of active Co-op members who are interested in brainstorming new initiatives and benefits for the Co-op. If you are interested in this level of participation, contact us at
Why is their a fee for membership?
Expenses include venue and production rental fees, food and hospitality costs, and web and promo costs. And don’t forget artist fees. The Co-op often turns around a gig or two quickly to give your membership fee back to you in the form of a concert payment. While much of the budget is provided by the overall PFS budget, member dues are important for sustaining and growing artist benefits.
Is the membership fee one time?
This is an annual fee. We consider this another sign of artists continued support in the Co-op. Artists must keep their membership active to be considered for programs. While we may offer a “grace period” in special exceptions, active membership is important for receiving continued benefits.
Join us for our third
Join us for our third monthly edition of Swingin’ Thursdays at Boxcar Brewing Co.!
Stu and The Gurus is a 7-piece, original alt-rock band based in Media, PA. We’ve been together for six years, producing four CDs and playing at some of the top venues in the area, including The World Café Live, The Ardmore Music Hall and Chaplin’s Music Café.
Butch Zito began performing at the ripe age of 3 and has never looked back. At the age of 19, he learned to play guitar and wrote his first song, “Burned on Love,” which Stackabones recorded in Austin, Texas in 1983. Austin was a seminal breeding ground for Zito’s songwriting chops. Zito now resides in Delaware and has gained attention from the state of Delaware, receiving an Established Artist Musical Grant and has gained international recognition receiving the 2009 MMA Hemp Award for his song “Tall Grass.”
(Thursday) 8:00 pm EST
Boxcar Brewing Company
142 East Market Street, West Chester, PA 19382
Musician Russell Gulley Celebrates 40 Years of
Not everyone that migrated to that little town to chase the brass ring is a household name though, and veteran Muscle Shoals musician Russell Gulley is one of those unsung heroes. Gulley moved to the Shoals to work as a songwriter at Muscle Shoals Sound in 1973 and found that for his songs to be recorded, that he had to also become an artist.
Produced by Jimmy Johnson and David Hood at the famous studio at 3614 Jackson Highway with his band that Johnson named after that address, “Jackson Highway”, Gulley began a lifelong tour of music that now brings him full circle…..almost.
Russell started out in Southern Gospel music and is currently touring the USA promoting his latest recordings, particularly the tracks to be found on a new compilation CD on the Full Armor Record label, titled “Dusty King James”, a collection of Blues based Gospel songs that includes Gulley’s version of the traditional “John the Revelator” and his original song, “No Hold Barred”.
Russell almost didn’t record for the label, for after playing Gospel Music in his teen years, he wondered about the “contradiction,” that is, Gospel Music versus The Devil’s Music, The Blues. Now that the CD is out, Gulley’s track “No Holds Barred” has climbed to the top of the internet’s N1M Blues Charts, and is resting at #1 for 6 straight weeks, Gulley is having to rethink the meaning of the song and finds that others, including Mark Bush, owner of the small label, have their own interpretation of the lyric and music.
So now you can decide for yourself when Russell takes the stage at a very special appearance in South Jersey, as part of the north east leg of his current tour.
Saturday, August 6, 2016 at Red Hot & Blue, at 8:00PM in Cherry Hill, NJ.
He’ll bring his brand of “Low Down, Down Home, Swampy Music” as he celebrates a 40 year career that began back in ’73 when he walked into Muscle Shoals Sound and Jimmy Johnson’s office. Long live Muscle Shoals, as Patterson Hood of the “Drive-By Truckers” has said, “Muscle Shoals is alive and well, it’s not in the history books” and it’s in the heart of folks like Russell Gulley.
Roots favorites April Mae & The June Bugs will be the supporting act, bringing their boogie infused repertoire of jump blues, rockabilly and swing to this celebration of true Americana.
Jesse Terry is an internationally
Jesse Terry is an internationally touring, award-winning singer-songwriter whose intimacy with audiences, sincerity, and approachability has solidified him as a favorite at festivals and live venues nationwide. With three full-length albums, The Runner, Empty Seat On A Plane, and Stay Here With Me, this salt of the earth musician’s lyrical mastery, emotional depth, and soothing voice have often been compared to the likes of Ryan Adams, Jackson Browne, Josh Ritter, and James Taylor, reaching deep into listeners’ hearts to envelope them in shared joy, sadness, love, and unrelenting hope. The Grand Prize winner of The John Lennon Songwriting Contest and The CMT/NSAI Song Contest, he has garnered worldwide acclaim including the elite honor of performing for US and NATO troops stationed at Thule Air Base in Greenland, and an official endorsement by Stonebridge Guitars International.
(Saturday) 8:00 pm
Tickets are $7.00 - $10.00! For more information regarding ticketing, please visit: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1186867?_ga=1.51629038.674737056.1460734082
Tickets are $7.00 – $10.00!
For more information regarding ticketing, please visit: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1186867?_ga=1.51629038.674737056.1460734082
(Saturday) 9:00 pm EST
Anthony Viscounte’s favorite time to
Anthony Viscounte’s favorite time to listen to music is in the evening, unwinding with mellow, acoustic songs that soothe the soul at the end of the day. From Carole to James, from Norah to Cat, Anthony’s love of fingerstyle guitar-driven storytelling grows deeper everyday. His own music is a combination of these influences, swirling around messages of love, friendship and hope. He just released his sophomore EP, ‘The Way You Say Goodnight,” which is available on his website: www.anthonyviscounte.com.
Join us for a Fest
Join us for a Fest preview show at Bourbon and Branch!
April Mae & The June Bugs play Americana under the influence of jump blues, swing and boogie with a dab of N’awlins for extra spice! Smoke and honey vocals, cigar box guitar, upright bass, banjo, mandolin, washboard…servin’ up high energy and deep vintage vibes is their specialty. Roots baby roots!
Jason McCue is a local artist based in West Philadelphia who is constantly creating and performing his music for anyone who will listen. The music he plays has been described as upbeat indy-alt-folk, but there are many diverse influences that his style is derived from including classical music, jazz, hip-hop, and straight-up-Freddy-Mercury.
$7 in advance or $12 at the door! Click here for more information regarding tickets!
(Wednesday) 7:00 pm EST
Grounds For Sculpture presents Avi
Grounds For Sculpture presents Avi Wisnia in concert, with full band; enjoy admission to the sculpture grounds followed by a featured concert under the canopy of maple trees during our summer Courtyard Concert series in the Acer Courtyard; in celebration of current exhibit Boaz Vaadia: Sculpture and Israeli culture; tickets are $15 in advance – includes park admission. $18 day of show, advance purchase closes 24 hours prior to the event (*this show is likely to sell out, advance purchase recommended)
(Thursday) 7:00 pm EST
Grounds For Sculpture
80 Sculptors Way Hamilton, NJ • 08619
Inspired by an unwavering love
Inspired by an unwavering love for summers spent in the mountains, along with the tall tales from his youth, Jeremiah Tall is a one-man show based out of Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Tall’s tales range from the struggles of finding your feet on an ever-changing landscape to fictional stories of cowboys and the common man’s battle with the devil. A hand painted suitcase converted into a kick drum provides a backbone to his own throwback spin on folk rock.
Vinegar Creek Constituency, an eclectic, incendiary string band out of the PA Dutch Country, channels these venerable old ghosts of the American folk tradition through imaginative, emotive original songs delivered with rock n roll intensity. Full of shouting, floorboardstomping soul, their live performances are uplifting, high-energy events with fans dancing in the aisles and clapping, stomping, and singing along.
Ami Yares is a New Jersey- born, Philadelphia- living, world travelling folk musician with a knack for making music that moves you physically, spiritually, and politically. Influenced by the spectrum of Americana music, Ami’s music merges his Jersey roots into Middle Eastern culture in a yet-to-be-named fusion of styles. Ami thrives off the energy of staged performances and takes this energy into formal and informal educational settings as well.
Tickets are $7 in advance or $10 at the door. To purchase tickets, please visit Milkboy’s website.
(Thursday) 7:00 pm EST
1100 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA