Planetary Gigs Society

Making Connections through Music with the Intention of Creating Peace

Planetary Gigs Society is a nonprofit charitable organization with the mission of Making Connections through Music with the Intention of Creating Peace.  The Society will provide resources and information about the power of music and organizations that are promoting music and musicians.  The Society also sponsors a podcast called Planetary Gig Talk - Tales of Music and Magic.

Music Organizations

Here are just some of the organizations that promote music, musicians, house concerts, etc. and can serve as resources for musicians and music lovers:

American Music Therapy Association –is a nonprofit association promoting the progressive development of the therapeutic use of music in rehabilitation, special education, and community settings.  www.musictherapy.org 

Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation – is a nonprofit organization in Washington, DC that sponsors weekly blues jams to promote playing of traditional blues music, and also sponsors concerts. www.acousticblues.com

Bands in Town – “We enrich people’s lives by connecting fans with the artists they love.”  With an app that caters to fans, musicians, promoters, managers, etc. http://corp.bandsintown.com/about 

Band Mix – is a website that matches thousands of musicians with each other.  http://www.bandmix.com/about/ 

Blues in the Schools – is a program that brings the blues genre into the classroom, where students are exposed to traditional blues music, while breaking down racial barriers and opening dialogue about cultural diversity. https://blues.org/blues-in-the-schools/

CASH Music - is a nonprofit organization and a new way of empowering artists and evolving past the mechanisms of industry that put musicians last.  https://cashmusic.org/

CDbaby – is a musician friendly website that sells CDs and other formats of music: http://www.cdbaby.com/

Harmonikids – is a nonprofit charitable organization that provides music therapy to special needs children globally by teaching them to play songs on harmonicas in joyful sessions.  http://www.harmonikids.org and https://garyallegretto.com/harmonikids.  Founded by Gary Allegretto https://garyallegretto.com/home.

Also, "Gary Allegretto’s Harmonica in the Schools” - is an education program  for elementary, middle and high schools to play harmonica.  It is separate from Harmonikids in that it is targeted to all school children of all backgrounds and ages (3rd grade and above).   https://garyallegretto.com/school-programs

House Concert Networks:

Acoustic Roof, Canada – is a house concert network out of Halifax, Canada which focuses on indie singer songwriters. http://www.acousticroof.ca/about.asp

Concerts in Your Home – is a house concert network in the United States for artists and hosts. http://www.concertsinyourhome.com/joinAs.html

Euro House Concert Hub – is a house concert network with over 2,000 members and 200 hosts in 20 countries across Europe. http://houseconcerthub.ning.com  

Homeditty – is an online platform specifically designed to make hosting house concerts easy and hassle free. www.homeditty.com

Home Routes/Chemin Chez Nous - is a not-for-profit arts organization creating performance opportunities for French and English speaking musicians and audiences in communities across Canada, hosted by volunteers in their homes and other community venues. http://www.homeroutes.ca/about-us
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Musicians Unite –
was created by musicians dedicated to and passionate about helping fellow musicians of all ages, styles, and skill levels achieve their musical goals by assisting them in more easily networking with, learning from, supporting and inspiring each other. http://www.musiciansunite.com/

Music in Exile - seeks to document the songs and stories of people across the world who have been displaced. http://musicinexile.org/index.php/mission/ 

Music Maker Relief Foundation – is a charitable charitable organization helping struggling musicians from the south with funding. http://www.musicmaker.org/about-us/our-story/ 

National Association for Music Education (NAfME) -  is among the world's largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education, provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators, hosts professional development events, and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.   https://nafme.org/

National Music Publishers Association – is an association of music publishers. http://nmpa.org/  

Open Music Initiative – is a consortium led by Berklee School of Music, which believes that new technologies can be applied to radically simplify the way music rights owners are identified and compensated, resulting in sustainable business models for artists, entrepreneurs and music businesses alike. http://open-music.org/#governance

Playing for Change – PFC is a movement created to inspire and connect the world through music, born from the shared belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people. PFC’s primary focus is to record and film musicians performing in their natural environments and combine their talents and cultural power in innovative videos called Songs Around The World. To date, these videos have garnered more than 500 million views in 195 countries. From these videos they formed the Playing For Change Band—a tangible, traveling representation of their mission, featuring musicians met along their journey—and established the Playing For Change Foundation, a separate 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to building music and art schools for children around the world. Through these efforts, Playing For Change aims to create hope and inspiration for the future of the planet.   https://playingforchange.com/

ReverbNation - helps emerging artists build their careers, connecting them to venues, festivals, brands, publishers, labels, and the fans themselves. http://corporate.reverbnation.com/            

Society for Music Perception and Cognition – is a nonprofit scholarly organization dedicated to the study of music perception. http://www.musicperception.org/about-smpc.html

Up With People - is a nonprofit global education and arts organization whose goal is to bridge cultural barriers and create global understanding through service and music, with 21,000+ alumni, forming a network of people and communities around the world. http://www.upwithpeople.org/

World Singing Day – is an international nonprofit organization whose mission is to unite people in communities around the world by singing together on the same day each year; as John Lennon sang, “I hope some day you’ll join us, and the world will be as one.”  www.worldsingingday.org