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.
Bethlehem and Sad Patrick are
Bethlehem and Sad Patrick are so excited to play with Love? Said the Commander and Lauren Scott!
Friday, January 3rd
Bourbon and Branch (705 N 2nd St, Philadelphia PA)
Doors 8pm, Music 8:30pm
(Friday) 8:30 pm EST
Our Community Cup presents
Our Community Cup presents Julia Levitina this Friday January 10!
Our coffeehouse is located at:
Tree of Life Presbyterian Church
933 Baltimore Pike
Springfield PA 19064
Only a donation to attend.
Open @ 5:30. Dinner is served at 6:00 followed by dessert and activities.
Live music begins @ 7:15.
Born and raised in Odessa, Ukraine, but now calling Philadelphia her home, singer-songwriter Julia Levitina is bringing a global perspective to her unique brand of Americana. Subtly blending in Russian and French folk influences from her youth, Julia’s debut EP, Take Your Time Loving Me, and a newly released single, “Apricot Sky,” are snapshots of an artist who has literally and figuratively crossed oceans and seas to pursue her dreams. Julia’s songs are upbeat, thoughtful, sometimes tongue-in-cheek musings about what it takes to live life to the fullest and find courage to do that.
(Friday) 7:15 pm EST
Tree of Life Presbyterian Church 933 Baltimore Pike
933 Baltimore Pike Springfield PA 19064
Saturday, January 25, 2020
MICHAEL SPEAR DUO
Michael Spear Duo at Jamey’s House of Music
Saturday, January 25th, 2020
Tickets – $15 online advance / $18 door
Dinner – 6pm, Showtime – 8pm
The Michael Spear Duo featuring Smiling Ed is a Philly-based duo and Philadelphia Folksong Society Music Co-op member, featuring multi-instrumentalist Smiling Ed and singer-songwriter, guitarist and occasional pianist Michael Spear. Michael is a prolific songwriter, having written over two thousand songs. Smiling Ed is a wizard of the strings including banjo, mandolin, dobro, guitar and bouzouki, and has studied with banjo legend Pete Wernick. Ed is a sought after sideman and plays with many local and regional acts including the Manatees.
Michael Spear Duo was a co-winner of the Godfrey Daniels 2016 best of Godfrey’s open mic and have played at Bethlehem’s Musikfest and multiple times at the Philadelphia Folk Festival.
Their home venues include Malelani Café, Philadelphia Folksong Society, WaR3house 3, and the Mermaid Inn. They are also long-time members of the decades old weekly unnamed night jam group, jamming regularly with a number of well-known local musicians including Phyllis Chapell of Siora; Jay Popky of Beaufort, and The Cornerstones; Katherine Rondeau; Ken Ulansey of the Ken Ulansey Ensemble; Stacy Weathers of The Cornerstones and other bands; and, Jefferson Berry of the Urban Acoustic Coalition—who included a cover of Michael’s “Circus Song” on the their 2018 EP.
Their all original songs cover topics such as the political system (“Get Back Hope,” “Children of the Corn”) USA-born children of immigrants (“Call Me An Immigrant”), juvenile criminal sentencing (“Life Without Parole”), freedom (“No More Russian Lullaby”), homelessness (“We Need A Home”), the #MeToo movement (“For All of the Hurt”), and Black Lives Matter (“Already Dead”). They aren’t just all doom and gloom and politics however. Funny songs (“Circus Song”) & love songs (“Done Fly Away in the Morning”) round out their traditional-sounding yet original tunes.
Like them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/spearduo/
Born and raised in Odessa, Ukraine, but now calling Philadelphia her home, singer-songwriter Julia Levitina is bringing a global perspective to her unique brand of Americana. Subtly blending in Russian and French folk influences from her youth, Julia’s newly released debut EP, Take Your Time Loving Me, is a snapshot of an artist who has literally and figuratively crossed oceans and seas to pursue her dreams. Julia’s songs are upbeat, thoughtful, sometimes tongue-in-cheek musings about what it takes to live life to the fullest and find courage to to that.
Already an established sculptor, Julia sees her musical adventure as part of a continuum, where one art form flows seamlessly into another at the hands of an artist who has something significant to say.
Julia’s musical influences include chanson française, i.e. Serge Gainsbourg and Francis Cabrel, and great Russian bards, such as Vladimir Vysotsky. They find an unexpected home alongside her current favorites, like Josh Ritter.
Julia has played the Tin Angel, World Café Live, the Grape Room, Bourbon & Branch and the Random Tea Room in Philadelphia; Saxbys and Evermore Coffee Roasters in New Jersey; Burlap & Bean in Newtown Square and Chesapeake Art Center in Baltimore, among others.
Harmonica with Seth Holzman
Learn to play simple traditional folk songs and elementary blues on one of America’s most popular, portable instruments – the harmonica! Basic techniques such as bending, trilling, tongue-blocking, vibrato, and wah-wah will be covered. Individual attention will be given to each student. No musical background is required. Bring a 10-hole diatonic key of C major harmonica (such as the Hohner Special 20, Hohner Marine Band Model 1896, or equivalent) to the first class. Required text may be purchased for $9.00 from the instructor the first night. (Optional: bring a tape recorder, a digital recorder, or some other recording device if you wish to record the classes.)
Let’s continue our work with the harmonica and focus on the Blues. The harmonica’s unique sound is integral to the distinctiveness of many great blues bands. Learn some techniques and styles of background and lead playing. We will work on songs by Slim Harpo (“Something Inside Me,” “Raining In My Heart”), Little Walter (“Last Night,” “Hoochie Coochie Man”), Sonny Terry (“Bring It On Home To Me”), etc. Bring a 10-hole diatonic key of C-major harmonica such as the Hohner Special 20, Hohner Marine Band Model 1896, or equivalent, to first class. Required text may be purchased for $9.00 from the instructor the first night. (Optional: bring a digital recorder or some other recording device.) (Note: This class is for people who have taken Harmonica For Beginners or others who have acquired similar skills and knowledge and have Seth’s permission to take the class.)
REGISTER FOR BLUES HARMONICA 1 HERE
Seth has been playing harmonica since 1965, teaching harmonica since 1975, and has performed with Muddy Waters, Koko Taylor, Ronnie Earl, Roomful of Blues, Magic Slim & The Teardrops, and many others. Seth was inspired to play by (and eventually studied with) the great blues harmonica player Sonny Terry. He is a caring and thoughtful instructor who teaches the techniques and musical knowledge he wishes he had known when he began his own studies. Seth currently performs in the greater Philadelphia area with Stevie and The Bluescasters. For any further questions about the courses, contact Seth at 610-724-3168 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Monday) 6:30 pm - 9:15 pm
Adult Beginner Voice Class with Molly
Mondays 8pm – 9pm
Jan 27th-March 3rd
– Vocal Technique and Performance –
Come improve your singing with Molly Hebert-Wilson! This beginner class will cover breathing and support, how to sing without tension, learning how to use your chest, mix, and head resonance, and how to connect to your material and the audience in performance.
About Molly Hebert-Wilson
Singer Molly Hebert-Wilson has a BFS in musical theater from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. An actress, musician, and vocalist, Molly’s vocal styles range from classical to powerhouse belting. She is also a vocal coach, preparing children in the Great Groove Band for performance at Philly Folk and other festivals, at at the Philadelphia Folk School and privately. Molly currently sings and plays upright bass for Philadelphia band, Rare Spirits.
(Monday) 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Godfrey Daniels , Friday, January
Godfrey Daniels , Friday, January 31st , 8pm
Susan Werner @ Godfrey Daniels
Join us for the first time Bethlehem sings in her namesake city, as we open for one of our long-time favorites and “One of the most innovative songwriters working today.” according to the Chicago Tribune. With 2019’s “NOLA”, Susan delivers another one of her unique concept albums, based on the piano stylings of Professor Longhair and Dr. John, these nine new tunes cook up a foot-stomping musical gumbo.