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.
PFS Presents Philly Songwriters in
PFS Presents Philly Songwriters in The Round
Featuring: Aaron Nathans, Avi Wisnia, Brittany Ann Tranbaugh,
& Buddy Mondlock
Thursday, September 1st, 2022
Doors 7pm | Music 7:30pm
$15 Members | $18 Not-Yet-Members | $15 Streaming
Come experience a unique night of incredible songs, storytelling and collaboration in an intimate listening room environment. Aaron Nathans will host an in-the-round concert showcasing some of the best local Philadelphia songwriters and storytellers.
Aaron Nathans’ 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, who lives in the Philadelphia area, 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.
His 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 and eye-popping vocal range.
Aaron’s songwriting was honored by the Kerrville Folk Festival, which named him a New Folk Finalist in 2018 and 2011.
“This is the songwriting creativity that I admire… Like many Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, and Tom Waits songs, these tunes can linger in your ears and follow you into bed where you will be looking up at the ceiling with your eyes closed in the dark, and the melodies still partying into your sleep.”
“Aaron’s songs hit you in both the head and the heart.”
Avi Wisnia is an award-winning singer/songwriter, finding inspiration in 1950’s west-coast jazz, acoustic American folk, Brazilian bossa nova, and contemporary piano pop. Avi tours in support of his newest studio album, Catching Leaves, performing in prestigious venues around the world – from the Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC to The Kennedy Center in DC to concert tours in Japan, Poland, and Brazil. In addition to being a performing songwriter, he has given a TED Talk and performed with The Moth storytellers and organizes the Philly Songwriters Circle.
“Jazzy singer-songwriter Avi Wisnia has a Ben Folds-y way of weaving stories into his piano-driven songs.”
– Time Out New York
“Startlingly clever. Lyrically brilliant. Completely refreshing.”
– Alyssa Rashbaum, music critic for SPIN, VIBE, and Rebel Spirit Music
Brittany Ann Tranbaugh is an award-winning singer/songwriter based in Philadelphia, PA. Originally from the Lehigh Valley area in PA, she kicked off her music career as a teenager playing at Godfrey Daniels, one of the country’s only remaining bona fide folk listening rooms. She has since performed all over the US and Canada in theaters, living rooms, basements, bars, coffee shops, backyards, and on festival stages including Firefly and Philly Folk Fest. Accolades include a 2021 Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest for her song “Kiss You” and finalist spots in the Gems in the Rough, Kerrville New Folk, LEAF NewSong, and Falcon Ridge Emerging Artists competitions. In April 2022, she debuted an EP entitled “Quarter Life Crisis Haircut,” her first official release in over a decade. In this new batch of memorable and thoughtfully crafted songs, she tackles a wide range of topics including her sixth grade queer awakening, an awkward run-in with an old acquaintance, and the impossibility of true folk music authenticity in this day and age. At times witty and sarcastic, at other times heartbreaking and raw, the EP undoubtedly showcases Tranbaugh’s finest work to date.
Buddy Mondlock writes songs. He does it so well that some great songwriters have recorded his songs on their own albums. Guy Clark, Nanci Griffith, and Janis Ian, to name just a few. You mightʼve heard his song “The Kid” (recorded by David Wilcox, Peter, Paul and Mary and Cry, Cry, Cry) and maybe even sung it yourself around a campfire. He draws you into his world – where a single snowflake follows the trajectory of a relationship, where you get you pocket picked by a Roman cat, where you might swim over the edge of the world if youʼre not careful and where dreams that donʼt come true still count. Along with his concerts Buddy teaches songwriting workshops as well.
In 2012 he was on staff at the Swannanoa Gathering at Warren Wilson college in North Carolina teaching two intensive courses over a weekʼs time. And in 2013 Buddy returned once again to the Kerrville Folk Festival to perform and teach at the song school there.
“Mondlock’s songs are like movies you want to see again. He starts with the
same world we all see and hear, but he transforms the sights and sounds into
revelations that delight and melodies that linger.”
Ed Morris – Billboard Magazine
“Buddy Mondlock represents the best of the new generation of singer/songwriters in folk music. His writing style is grounded in the traditions of the past, but has it’s heart in the present. He is one of my favorite writers.”
(Thursday) 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm EST
Staten Island's original Roots Music
Staten Island’s original Roots Music Festival. Celebrating the creative spirit of Staten Island!
Live music on two stages, plus arts and crafts vendors, pony rides, face painting and a children’s stage!
The Festival is Free and is open from 11am to 7pm.
Visit the link below for more information:
Adult Beginner Voice Class
Come improve your singing with Molly Hebert-Wilson! This beginner/intermediate class will cover breathing and support, how to sing without tension, expanding vocal range through learning how to use your chest, mix and head resonance, and how to connect to your material and the audience in performance.
Class will be held IN PERSON, downstairs at the PFS Venue located at 6156 Ridge Ave in Roxborough. Proof of Vaccination and ID will be required at the start of the session. Masks are voluntary and may be worn during class, but for obvious reasons may be difficult to use effectively while singing and/or obstruct singing. We will space out our students in the larger space as best we can.
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.
(Tuesday) 5:45 pm - 6:30 pm
VIRTUAL Songwriting with Joe
In songwriting group, our goal will be to awaken and inspire the writer within you. Our group is a forum for songwriters new and experienced. It works as a circle of song where everyone week folks have a chance to share a new idea, a new song, a question, or just listen along. Every week there will be a prompt designed to touch on and highlight different aspects of songwriting from: lyric techniques, chord progression, genres, writing methods, and more. There will be no critiquing, just sharing, open forum for questions, and encouragement. Come with an open mind, a willingness to write, and learn something about different types of songs and the methods used to write them.
Instruments are welcome for sharing, but not necessary.
(Wednesday) 6:00 pm - 6:50 pm EDT
Philadelphia Folk School Virtual Classroom