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.
Guitarist Ethan McCreadie and banjo
Guitarist Ethan McCreadie and banjo player Andy Davis crossed paths at many jams around Philadelphia before deciding to form a band together in 2014. From the start, Midnight Flyer was focused on becoming an outstanding vocal harmony band, drawing on the sterling examples of Stanley Brothers, the Osborne Brothers, and Flatt and Scruggs. With the additon of Jonathan Wallis and Matt Thomas to round out the band, Midnight Flyer was born.
Butter Queen Sister is a trio whose rich sound is infused with country, bluegrass and a bit of the blues. Lead singer and songwriter Rebecca Lang Fiorentino delivers melodies that are as memorable as they are beautiful in her distinctive, sweet and clear voice. Harry Gambrill, a versatile musician, accompanies Rebecca on dobro, banjo, mandolin and harmony vocals. New to Butter Queen Sister is the talented Mike McLane, who adds superb bass and occasional harmony on various tunes! From ballads to Americana folk-rockers to bluegrass foot-stompers, Butter Queen Sister’s consistently catchy songs appeal to a range of musical tastes. A serving of BQS helps to stir the soul!
(Thursday) 7:00 pm
Boxcar Brewing Company
142 East Market Street, West Chester, PA 19382
$15 Advance /$22 Reserved Seating /$29 Reserved Seating with Light Dinner. BYOB. Tickets
$15 Advance /$22 Reserved Seating /$29 Reserved Seating with Light Dinner. BYOB.
Andrea Nardello and Christine Havrilla
Andrea Nardello and Christine Havrilla present their tribute to Lillith Fair! Don’t miss out!
Philly’s Andrea Nardello has garnered favorable comparisons to Melissa Etheridge and Shawn Colvin for melding pop songwriting smarts with a confessional and literate songwriting style which often explores relationships, romance, and her own “out” family life. Andrea has been busy touring in support of her EP, entitled ECHO, opening for Brandi Carlile, Tony Lucca, Gabe Dixon, Ron Pope, and Emerson Hart of Tonic fame. After releasing ECHO, Andrea won the prestigious Philadelphia Songwriter’s Project Contest and Tri-State Indie’s “Acoustic Artist Of The Year”. Her song “Home To Me” also won WSTW’s Award for Folk Song Of The Year. Andrea’s refined accessibility draws from folk, rock, soul, and even the swagger of hip-hop. Now, Andrea has jumped back in the studio with ECHO producer Matt Chiaravalle (Warren Zevon, Josh Joplin) and is releasing her next studio EP, Fire, April 2016.
Philadelphia area native Christine Havrilla, after embarking on an ambitious new journey with her Gypsy Fuzz project in late 2011, is releasing a series of “Live Sessions” in 2014-2015 which will include long-time fan favorites as well as new songs with her current band, Gypsy Fuzz. Recording in numerous settings such as venues, living rooms, a recording studio with an live audience, in an old church, etc…these volumes will capture the spontaneous energy, soul-felt vibes and musical adventures that Christine brings to the stage, ANY stage! Havrilla, who has seven studio albums, four EPs, and over a dozen years of touring under her belt, continues to venture out under “Christine Havrilla & Gypsy Fuzz” as well as a solo artist, showcasing ALL of her music with new twists. Gypsy Fuzz/“Searching. Finding. Living.”, produced by Larry Crane (Cat Power, Sleater-Kinney, Elliott Smith) and Christine, is described as “a blend of 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s rock delivered by the modern singer/songwriter.”
The Bryn Mawr Gazebo
9 S. Bryn Mawr Ave.
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
This is a smoke-free and alcohol-free venue.
Saturdays at 7 PM (see above for exceptions)All concerts are held outdoors (rain or shine).Bring lawn chairs and blankets (Beach chairs and blankets only in front of white line).Picnics are welcome.Handicapped accessibleFree parkingNO REFUNDS
For more information: call (610) 864-4303 or email email@example.com
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Bryn Mawr Farmers’ Mkt. Sat. 10 am – 2 pm. http://brynmawrfarmersmarket.blogspot.com/
On his new duo album
On his new duo album with Michael G. Ronstadt, “Crooked Fiddle,” Aaron Nathans presents a new song about 13-year-old nervously preparing for his Bar Mitzvah. Who else has done that? And why would they want to? His mission is to write songs about things no one else has written about before. Like a song about male bonding between a guy and his barber. Or the onslaught of the outside world upon a new parent. Surely somebody’s written that song, right? Ok, find it. Aaron describes his songs as wild-mind, bittersweet acoustic music. He’s one of a million guitar-slinging singer songwriters, but you’ve never heard anyone quite like Aaron, with his warped sense of humor and off-kilter view of the world. The Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas honored Aaron by naming him to the 2011 New Folk class, joining a list of previous honorees like Steve Earle, Lyle Lovett, Shawn Colvin and Lucinda Williams. His solo shows include humorous, meandering stories that will keep you every bit as captivated as the music itself — beautiful guitar work, catchy melodies, and his sweet baritone voice.
Award-winning singer/songwriter Avi Wisnia presents an eclectic mix of refreshingly original songs and inventive covers, finding inspiration in Brazilian bossa nova, acoustic American folk, 1950’s west-coast jazz, and contemporary pop. Avi’s clever lyrics give a knowing nod to his contemporaries, while his smooth vocals and deft piano skills assure you that this is truly something new. Avi has toured the country with his dynamic ensemble and his debut full-length album, Something New, performing in prestigious venues across the country – from The Kennedy Center to The Philadelphia Museum of Art, giving a TED talk about “The Nature and Nurture of Bossa Nova” and even spending a month performing in Brazil. Avi has performed alongside artists such as The Roots, Ani DiFranco, Arturo Sandoval, and Maroon 5, and his music has been featured on TV and in featured films.
Join the Philadelphia Music Co-op
Join the Philadelphia Music Co-op at Bourbon & Branch on Wednesday, July 13th for a Folkin’ Awesome night with the incredible talents of Katherine Rondeau and Lizanne Knott & Ross Bellenoit! We’re making Wednesday great again! Grab tickets here – only $7 for PFS members!!!
Katherine Rondeau is a singer-songwriter who’s been performing since she could talk and started picking out original songs on her dad’s guitar at age ten. Featuring hand-crafted songs of love, heartache, and the simple complexities of everyday life, Katherine’s performances are highlighted by her rich, soulful voice and echoing 12-string guitar. Her new EP “Butcher’s Daughter” will be released in summer 2015.
A long-standing member of the Philadelphia music scene and managing partner of Grammy Award Winning MorningStar Studios, Lizanne Knott has been captivating audiences throughout the US and garnering accolades from radio listeners and peers around the globe. A frequent featured artist on London’s acclaimed Bob Harris Show, BBC2 and other BBC stations, she also receives airplay on AAA radio throughout the US. A local favorite on Philadelphia’s award winning WXPN, her music has been used in independent films, TV movies and documentaries.
A spontaneous, in-the-moment improviser and consummate team player, Ross Bellenoit has spent the past six years training himself to stay on his toes, and to anticipate the un-obvious. “If there’s one thing that I try to keep aware of,” Bellenoit says, “it’s the song’s temperament. Whether you’re playing ‘How High The Moon’ to a handful of jazz aficionados or singing a folk tune that you wrote yourself, you have to surrender yourself completely to the moment. Serve the song, and the song will serve you.”
Bellenoit more often than not can be found in the recording studio. He has contributed to a wide array of albums — rock records, jazz records, gospel records, R&B records, even a song about cheeseburgers written for Philadelphia Inquirer food critic Craig Laban. He’s worked with renowned producers John Carter Cash, Phil Nicolo and Brian McTear — and now, working out of Turtle Studios in Old City, Bellenoit is producing records for singer-songwriters himself. His own group, The Little Rolling Thunder Revue, will release its full-length debut later this year, written and produced by Bellenoit start-to-finish.
(Wednesday) 7:00 pm EST
Join us for a fun-filled
Join us for a fun-filled summer evening of Folk music at Puck!
Born out of a mutual attraction to all things Americana, Philadelphia trio No Good Sister’s dynamic songwriting and timeless three-part harmonies prove why they’re rising stars. Singers Meaghan Kyle, Jess McDowell and Maren Sharrow collaborate on familiar folk themes.
Railroad Fever is a 5 piece folk-rock band formed in 2009. Since that time they have been steadily adding to the texture and groove of roots-rock.
Matt’s songwriting has gained a reputation for its crisp, taut lyricism and poetic, honest approach.
(Saturday) 8:00 pm
1 Printers Aly 18901 Doylestown , PA
Avi Wisnia performs 3 sets,
Avi Wisnia performs 3 sets, 9:30pm – 12:30am, at the Library Bar inside the famous Rittenhouse Hotel; free and open to the public; cocktails and light food available for purchase
(Saturday) 9:30 pm EST
The Rittenhouse Hotel
210 W Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA 19103
The Sheen Center proudly presents
The Sheen Center proudly presents the Americana band, Bobtown, at the Tender Mercies Festival. Tickets are $20-$25, and a discount is available via the code “BOBTOWN20”. Known for harmony and inventive vocal arrangements, the quintet has released three albums to rave reviews and radio airplay internationally, as well as a feature on NPR’s All Songs Considered. Their not-to-be-missed live show presents a roots music mashup bound together by voices and instruments that move gracefully between elegy and celebration.
(Tuesday) 7:30 pm EST
18 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012, USA
Bobtown has been arranging five-part vocals
Bobtown has been arranging five-part vocals over the course of seven years and three albums. Their harmonies have been called “gorgeous and ethereal”. They’re equally at home with traditional stacked harmonies and quirky interpretive arrangements, having put music to everything from fans’ spoken word pieces to poetry. Members of Bobtown have also arranged vocals for regional well-known acts such as Spuyten Duyvil and Scott Wolfson and Other Heroes. Tailored towards both beginners and more advanced singers, this workshop has something for all levels of experience. Cost of the workshop is $35, space is limited, advance registration strongly recommended.
RESERVE A SPACE HERE: http://sheencenter.org/shows/workshop-harmony-singing-from-a-z-with-members-of-bobtown/
(Saturday) 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST
18 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012, USA
As part of the Democratic
As part of the Democratic National Convention Host Commitee’s Philadelphia programming, we are excited to present an evening of music with:
Rootlogy, Sparkle Pony, and Chikabiddy
Rootology is a great new Roots/Americana band featuring some of the best musicians and vocalists in the area. Under the big tent of American music, their repertoire includes, Electric and Acoustic blues, Bluegrass and Old-time music, Folk, Folk Rock and Jazz.
Sparkle Pony is fun, refreshing, creative and difficult not to love. This little Bluegrass, Newgrass and Folk quartet has quickly earned the reputation for being one of the most well polished, high quality bands on the Philly Folk scene right now. Super tight harmonies,ripping solo’s, great arrangements over well crafted original songs is what to expect when you hear Sparkle Pony play live.
Chickabiddy is a Philadelphia based acoustic duo comprised of Emily Schuman and Aaron Cromie, two theater artists whose love of music sparked this musical collaboration. Inspired by such acts as The Milk Carton Kids, Punch Brothers and Mandolin Orange, Chickabiddy creates guitar and mandolin songs about love, loss and moving forward in a complicated world.
(Thursday) 8:00 pm
1100 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA
Opening for Lee Harvey Osmond Tickets are only $12! For ticketing information, please visit: https://www.ticketfly.com
Opening for Lee Harvey Osmond
Tickets are only $12!
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(Sunday) 7:00 pm EST