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 email@example.com. 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.
Friday March 1st @ 8pm The Mermaid Inn Mermaid Lane at Germantown Ave Philadelphia, PA (Chestnut Hill area) tickets: $15 suggested at the door Featuring Meghan Cary with Analog Gypsies
Friday March 1st @ 8pm
The Mermaid Inn
Mermaid Lane at Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, PA (Chestnut Hill area)
tickets: $15 suggested at the door
Featuring Meghan Cary with Analog Gypsies
Advance ticket purchase is
MC/poet/songwriter Kuf Knotz and classically trained harpist/guitarist/pianist/vocalist Christine Elise have combined forces to perform and record. The unlikely pair connected and built the project with a similar vision wanting to create positive, forward-thinking music driven by a strong message. Both individuals are intrinsically motivated to foster community growth through musical expression.
Along with live performances, Knotz and Elise offer motivational creative arts workshops and performances at various settings such as hospitals, schools and community centers. Their mission is to use the power of music, personal experience and empathetic relation to help individuals grow to meet their fullest potential.
Knotz is one of todays fastest emerging alternative artists, which has led him to open for top acts Arrested Development, Common, G. Love, Ms. Lauryn Hill, The Roots, Bruce Springsteen and many others. He has a strong passion for supporting the community by participating in and facilitating fundraising events such as food drives, clothing drives, cancer benefits, and disaster relief efforts. Knotz is also a member of the WXPN program Musicians on Call, bringing live music to the bedsides of patients throughout hospitals in Philadelphia.
Christine Elise has a strong background in music therapy, having delivered music therapy services to children, adults and seniors with developmental delays, special needs and those needing emotional support. Finding a passion for community music therapy, she has facilitated group sessions for professionals and clients in the USA, South Africa, Peru and Jamaica. Elise has presented at national and regional music therapy conferences, with a focus on her community music therapy work, as well as written three scholarly articles published by Music Therapy Perspectives.
The duo will be releasing their debut album Higher Grounds in early 2019. For more information visit www.kufknotz.com/k-c-project.
(Saturday) 8:00 pm
03/08/19 - Morris House Hotel 6-8:30pm 225 S 8th Street Philadelphia, PA 19106. Free
(Friday) 6:00 pm
Morris House Hotel
225 S 8th Street Philadelphia, PA 19106
Showcase at Malelani Cafe: Rusty & Jan Present Eric Sollenberger, and Barry Bohr & Joe Navidi
Friday, March 8th @ 7:00 p.m.
6734 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA
Rusty and Jan are happy to present two of our favorite local musicians to kick off our new monthly showcase at Malelani Café! The format will consist of a 45 minute set for each performer. Join us for what will be an enjoyable and musically diverse evening. There is no cover charge so please support the venue. Come hungry and order from their selection of yummy entrees and beverages.
Eric Sollenberger will start the evening off with selections from his original repertoire as well as interpretations of cover songs. His soulful voice compliments his unique style.
Rusty and Jan will perform during the second set.
Barry Bohr and Joe Navidi will close out the evening. Barry is a talented multi-instrumentalist and singer. He will be joined by the exceptional guitar stylings of Joe Navidi. Together they perform many popular cover tunes.
03/10/19 Forest & Main Brewing Company Laura Lizcano & Cecilia Fernerborg 8-10pm FREE 61 N. Main Street, Ambler, PA
Event Details Location: Malelani Cafe, 6734 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19119 Showtime: Saturday, March 16, 7pm Music provided by Ray Naylor, Joe Fanning, Jim Black, Janice and Tim, Rob Kirsner No RSVP necessary
Location: Malelani Cafe, 6734 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19119
Showtime: Saturday, March 16, 7pm
Music provided by Ray Naylor, Joe Fanning, Jim Black, Janice and Tim, Rob Kirsner
No RSVP necessary
(Saturday) 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sunday, March 17, 2019
Sunday, March 17, 2019
Terry Kitchen & Mara Levine Duo
Music in the Gallery, St John’s Lutheran Church,
330 Ferry St.
Easton, PA 18042
(Sunday) 2:00 pm
Music in the Gallery, St John's Lutheran Church
330 Ferry St. Easton, PA 18042
Abbie Gardner with Marion Halliday Doors
Abbie Gardner with Marion Halliday
Doors at 3:30pm Show at 4:00
Advance tickets may be purchased on-line at https://skylandssongwriters.org/rr-r
(at the door CASH / CHECKS ONLY)
$20 Adv. Tix for early admission (best seats) & light refreshments
$15 for RAA/SSG/JAM Members – under 18, free!
(Sunday) 4:00 pm
Riverside Rhythm and Rhyme
72 Eyland Ave, Succasunna, New Jersey 07876
Cape May Singer-Songwriter Series Elaine's Dinner
Cape May Singer-Songwriter Series
Elaine’s Dinner Theater
513 Lafayette St.
Cape May, NJ 08204
FRIDAY, MARCH 29
8:00 PM The Honeyhawks Cape May, NJ
8:45 PM Susan J. Berman Nantucket, MA
9:30 PM Truth & I West Nyack, NY
10:15 PM Eli The Hawk Morrisville, PA
11:00 PM Marion Halliday & Trickster Sister Philadelphia, PA
(Friday) 7:00 pm
Elaine's Dinner Theater
513 Lafayette St, Cape May, NJ 08204
Iron Plow Vineyards
Friday, March 29th @ 7:00 p.m.
26750 Mount Pleasant Road, Columbus, NJ
Iron Plow is a boutique farm winery in Burlington County, NJ. The estate is nestled on 62 acres of picturesque farmland. We will be providing music for an afternoon wine tasting. Guests are invited to take in breathtaking sunsets and views of the land while enjoying handcrafted wine. They sell artisan cheeses, sopressata, local honey, jams, and crackers. However, feel free to pack your own picnic to pair with any of their wines.
(Friday) 7:00 pm
Iron Plow Vineyards
26750 Mount Pleasant Road, Columbus, NJ
PFS March House Concert with
PFS March House Concert with The River Drivers
Saturday, March 30, 2019
Potluck/Doors 7pm | Music 7:30pm
About The River Drivers
The River Drivers are a band with roots that run deep in a number of musical genres. Anchored by Kevin McCloskey (vocals, guitar, mandolin, banjo, bass) and Mindy Murray (vocals, guitar, banjo, dulcimer) with accompaniment by Marian Moran (tin whistle, low whistle, concertina, bodhrán) and Meagan Ratini (fiddle, Irish flute, tin whistle). The River Drivers have cultivated a passion-infused style drawing from Celtic, Americana and Mountain influences.
At a very early age, Kevin was playing guitar and banjo and singing harmonies to Irish standards with his father, Irish tenor, Tommy McCloskey. In his early twenties, he cut his teeth playing weekly at a Trenton pub alongside his father and “Irish Billy” Briggs. Kevin developed a passion for songs portraying the plight of working men and women and all the places they toiled. Kevin’s musical tastes are broad, and he toured North America and Europe extensively with his hardcore punk band Wrong Answer. He brings the intensity of that genre to River Drivers.
Mindy was in her early teens when she started singing and playing guitar and dulcimer in coffee houses, pubs, and campus radio stations. Life took her to medical school in West Virginia where she witnessed firsthand the struggles of day-to-day life in Appalachia. The music of the mountains and the miners infused into her repertoire. Years later, she and her daughter Meagan would play music together long into the night and eventually formed the musical duo Port Murray.
Marian’s family roots lie in the town of Ardara in County Donegal–known throughout the world as an epicenter of Irish traditional music. Whenever she can break away from the office world, she steals back to the rugged coastline village to recharge at its nightly sessions and the many music festivals held there–including the famed Cup of Tae and Johnny Doherty festivals. Having played the organ as a child, Marian jumped at learning a reed instrument that’s more portable and took up concertina.
Meagan grew up in a house that seemed like it had more musical instruments than practically anything else. She learned how to play the flute and dulcimer when she was quite young and then moved on to other instruments, eventually picking up the fiddle and the tin whistle and falling into Irish music. While helping direct the New Jersey Folk Festival in college, Meagan was introduced to the world of the traditional Irish session by some of the best trad musicians in the region.
In what has been unironically called “An Act of God,” Mindy was asked to resurrect some ’70s folk music for an anniversary at a local church along with Kevin, a grade school friend of her daughter Meagan. Marian, Mindy’s best friend from high school and college roommate, was also brought into the fold. All four quickly sensed a deep musical connection. House sessions evolved into the formation of River Drivers–a band that continues to experiment and find ways of making the traditional visceral again. Their music is now heard at many festivals and other venues throughout the region. The River Drivers can also be found anchoring a weekly Irish session at a local pub in Bristol, Pennsylvania.
PFS and the hosts ask that guests act in a respectful manner and be considerate of the performers and other attendees–if you do not, you may be asked to leave by PFS staff or the hosts.
Advance registrations for this performance are REQUIRED.
Admission is free for PFS members and $10 for Advanced Tickets for non-members.
The event will be held at the Spears’ residence located in the West Mt. Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia, PA. You will receive the exact address upon registering.
Please bring something to share! Potluck at 7pm, music at 7:30pm.
(Saturday) 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm