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 fourth monthly
Join us for our fourth monthly edition of Swingin’ Thursdays at Boxcar Brewing Co.!
Five musicians from seemingly unrelated genres came together to form the Band of Rivals. The collaboration began with Sean Cox bringing some material he had recorded to his companions Abbey Reed and Alex-Michael Alleva. The trio began producing a unique blend of folk, jazz, and rock. Soon after playing a handful of shows together, the threesome agreed that they should find a bassist and drummer to round out and complete their ensemble. These two additions were found in Doug Keller on bass and fantastically eccentric Greg Ondo on drums. The quintet is currently preparing to release their first studio album entitled “The Better Angels of Our Nature”. The cd blends folk, rock, jazz, blues, and country and features members of the band playing multiple instruments throughout its rousing duration.
Kicking Down Doors (KDD) hails from Philadelphia and is a multicultural roots/rocker, soul and folk group and its sound is influenced by the diversity of its members and their musical backgrounds. Together with the group’s instrumentation and arrangements led by Ernie Tokay and the vocal stylings of lyricist Autumn Walden, KDD has been leaving patrons in venues wanting more at every listen. The band’s songbook of original tunes range from rock to easy listening, to energetic dance/groove to blues, country and folk and is ripe with simple introspective, memorable and relatable poetic lyrics penned by Walden, that are poignant, captivating, and in the moment reflective. Kicking Down Doors has recently released a collection of 10 original songs on its new CD – NOW, a mélange of music that takes you with them on their evolutionary ride that defines the Kicking Down Doors sound.
(Thursday) 8:00 pm EST
Boxcar Brewing Company
142 East Market Street, West Chester, PA 19382
In the Spirit of
8 (Thursday) 2:00 pm - 11 (Sunday) 11:00 pm EST
227 Dickson Plaza Drive
The End of America is
The End of America is a band of friends, singers and travelers who blend three-part harmony with rock and Americana. Based in Philadelphia, their sound resonates with fans of Ryan Adams, CSNY and Dawes.
All frontmen of previous bands, Brendon Thomas, James Downes and Trevor Leonard met on tour in 2005. A few years later they went on to form a trio that highlights their vocal chemistry and songwriting. TEOA recently wrapped the recording of their debut LP, a follow-up to their previous EPs, Shakey and Steep Bay. Joining forces with longtime friend and engineer Dave Downham in the producer’s chair, the band tracked 11 new songs at nearby Gradwell House Recordings in Haddon Heights, NJ. The self-titled album is due out September 2, 2016.
The End of America has performed at SXSW, Philly Folk Fest, Savannah Stopover and the Baltimore Folk Fest. They have shared the stages with Larry Campbell, David Bromberg, Gary Louris (The Jayhawks), Simone Felice (The Felice Brothers) and joined Beck in Los Angeles to perform at his Song Reader album release show. The trio’s appearance at the show aired live on KCRW and received praise from Spin, Filter and The Hollywood Reporter.
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.
We are excited to invite
We are excited to invite you all to our 2ND ANNUAL Brews and BBQ show at our place in Roxborough! We’ll be hearing some great Philly-area musicians, enjoying delicious food and tasty beverages, and hanging out in the backyard along the wild Wissahickon on the afternoon of Saturday, September 10th.
After the show, we’ll have a good old fashioned picking party in the yard, so feel free to bring an instrument or two. We’ll get a fire going too!
POTLUCK: Please BYOB and bring a dish for a potluck! We’ll have a few drinks and will be cooking up some BBQ, please bring a small donation for food and drink!
Suggested donation for the musicians is $15-$20.
Please RSVP for address.
Joy Ike’s music, voice, and writing have drawn comparisons to female musicians such as Corinne Bailey Rae, Norah Jones, Regina Spektor, and Fiona Apple. But her percussive piano-playing and soaring vocals give homage to her Nigerian upbringing. Leaving her career as a publicist in 2008, Ike has spent the last 8 years playing hundreds of shows across the country. She has had the opportunity to share the stage and open for Jeffrey Gaines, Sara Groves, Seth Glier, Cody Chestnutt, Allen Toussaint, and Tyrone Wells to name a few. A write-up on NPR’s All Things Considered says “The depth of subjects she tackles in her poetic lyrics are perfectly complemented by a unique blend of neo-soul, with just the right dash of pop…a truly compelling act to watch in person, with the ability to create an intimate setting in locations big and small.”
The Jersey Corn Pickers:
The Jersey Corn Pickers are a Philly area band that plays original and traditional, high energy bluegrass and Americana music. Their style is informed by their love of old time, folk, rock, blues, traditional country, and all manner of American roots music.
They are busy performing at clubs, coffee houses, and festivals all over the northeast. They have two CDs out: Jersey Corn Pickers and Lessons Learned, which you can find on the Music page. They’ve opened for such notable musicians as Peter Rowan, Tony Trischka, Marah, and many more. They performed at the Philadelphia Folk Festival, World Cafe Live, and appeared on the Gene Shay Folk Show on WXPN in Philadelphia.
They love performing and it shows. Their live shows are rowdy affairs that will put a smile on your face!
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Join us for wonderful night
Join us for wonderful night of music at Bourbon & Branch!
$7 in advance or $12 at the door! Click here for more information regarding tickets!
(Wednesday) 7:00 pm EST
Brookladelphia & the Philadelphia Folksong Society present
Brookladelphia & the Philadelphia Folksong Society present a tribute to Nirvana in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of Nevermind. Folk Artists will be covering Nirvana and infusing the timeless, passionate lyrics with roots, rhythm, and more.
Featuring performances by . . .
Owl and Wolf w/Matt Thomas from Man About a Horse
MH the Verb x ArtHouse95
Reverend TJ McGlinchey
When Ships Collide
Brookladelphia is a concert series that started as an idea of creating a bridge between the Philadelphia & Brooklyn music scene. We curate live events that feature music and art from multiple cities and genres. The shows encourage creativity, collaboration and community. Our tribute shows celebrate album anniversaries and feature covers songs and original music by local and touring artists.
Visit brookladelphiamusic.com for more info and tickets.
(Wednesday) 8:00 pm
847 N, 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA