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The Philadelphia Folksong Society (PFS) has teamed up with partnering organizations around Philadelphia to launch the Philadelphia Music Co-op (PMC). The Co-op offers showcase, networking, promotion, gig booking, and distribution opportunities. PMC employs co-op values of shared ownership and a holistic approach to development to help artists help themselves. After 14 months of research and two years of development, PFS and partners have tailored the Co-op to respond to artists' needs in Philadelphia and beyond! The Philadelphia music scene is vibrant and unique. Yet, after hearing from so many artists like you, we realized that there is not enough area support to help you develop your craft and build new audiences.

  • Want to have first crack at PFS and partner programs, including the Philadelphia Folk Festival and concerts in area venues?

  • Do you want to record a CD or press a vinyl record?

  • Need an organization to partner on or produce your CD release show?

  • Do you need help promoting your music or getting radio play?

  • Would you like an opportunity to network with the most influential music executives and artists in Philadelphia?

  • Hoping for more support during and opportunities for sponsorship to regional and national conferences? 

Now, in addition to our 3,000 general members, the Philadelphia Folksong Society has over 125 Co-op members who enjoy development opportunities in these areas and more.  


Vision and Opportunities

Program Vision

Launching the program as a "co-op" stressed the intention of collective ownership of the Philadelphia music scene.  Partners and initial participating artists believed that a rising tide in the local scene would raise the mulitude of creative ships.  At PFS, we have developed relationships and frequent contact with area promoters, press, media, and venue talent buyers. The Philly Music Co-op is really our chance at PFS to leverage these contacts as well as our own gig opportunities.
The Co-op offers showcase, networking, promotion, press, media, gig booking, and distribution opportunities. PMC employs co-op values of shared ownership and a holistic approach to development to help artists help themselves. After 14 months of initial research and design as well as three years of active development, PFS and partners have tailored the Co-op to respond to artists' needs in Philadelphia and beyond! The Philadelphia music scene is vibrant and unique. Yet, after hearing from so many artists, we realized that there is not enough area support to help artists develop their craft and build new audiences.  The Co-op is not a PR firm, or an booking agency, or a management company; however, we have opportunities in these areas and 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.  Join now and schedule your consultation by contacting Noah at NSwistak{at}


Reccuring PFS Opportunities 

Philly Music Co-op artists are immediately given weighted consideration for programs that PFS directly prodcues.  Collectively, nearly 30 spots per year are reserved for programs including the Philadelphia Folk Festival2nd Street Music Festa 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 adverstising, cd reviews, and licensing opportunities. In the last year, the Philly Music Co-op produced several showcases for Co-op artist members to perform for the PFS jury, other partners, and the public.  Only active artist members will be considered for this by the jury.
For more info on how and when PFS considers artists for submission to various events, please read the FAQ section at the bottom of this page.

Variable Partner Opportunities

In addition to the benefits of the PFS programs, Philly Music Co-op partners and participating venues provide opportunities that vary in frequency and prominence. Typically around 35 concert, workshop, or classroom opportunities are available for co-op artists.
For a list of partners and venues, please see read the FAQ section at the bottom of the page.


Networking, Contacts, Sponsorship, and Conferences

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.  Mark your calendars for the next annual meeting: 

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 8pm at Sigma Sound Studio
212 N. 12th St. Philadelphia, PA 19107
Free for Philly Music Co-op members!

Join the Co-op celebration at Philly’s most legendary studio.  Enjoy refreshments and a cocktail hour, live performances, studio tour, “speed dating” with industry leaders, and more!

Additionally, 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 and/or receive up to $500 in sponsorship support through Sonicbids.

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.

Tons of Other Benefits!

The Music Studio -

20% instruction and supplies Sliding scale rate for recording and video

Morning Star Studio

$20 per hour discount on recording

Range Recording

20% discount on recording, mixing and mastering

Mill St. Records                     

Discounted rates of $300/eight hours, $175/four hours, $50/one hour

THAT MAG / Mirror Image Duplication

$100 off any Jewel Case packaging for CDs
25 free press packs with orders of 100
5,000 postcards for $195
Discounted ads in THAT MAG: $70 – 1/8 and $125 – 1/4
With the Independent Musician Program, any musician that takes out an ad gets 100 words and a guaranteed review.

Philly Car Share

Co-op members can register as a business for free
Philly Car Share will provide a $25.00 driving credit.
PCS will provide a card to include in Member Co-op Welcome Packet and supply a promo code to access the driving credit.

AVIS Car Rental

Members get 3% discount of car rentals

Song Cast Affiliate Program

25% discount on all music added for digital distribution

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"The Philadelphia Music Coop is everything a membership organization designed to support local music should be. As a New York based band leader and a venue booking agent, I have found my membership to be invaluable. So far, my band, Spuyten Duyvil, has received a sponsorship, a showcase and great placement at the storied Philadelphia Folk Festival. As a venue booking agent, I have booked two Philly Coop bands for a very successful New York mini tour with plans for more cross border collaborations. On top of this, I have met the most amazing people and feel 'hooked up' when I come into town." - Mark Miller, owner of Urban H2O and bandleader, Spuyten Duyvil



Philly 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 (if known), quality of performance (if known) media or 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 Noah Swistak, by emailling NSwistak{at} If you do not have Sonicbids, please also email Noah during the jurying process.

For the season of events, Odyssey of American Music, workshops, and house concerts: 

Sometimes PFS will provide a submission link.  In the event of this, an email will be sent to all artists in the co-op database to communicate the process for submission.  Often, however, artists will be given 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 release in May, 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).

Aritst selection for the 2nd Street Festival typically happens between April and June for the upcoming Festival (1st Sunday in August).

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 Noah by emailing NSwistak{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.  PMC 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.