PF Programs & Events
Project Freewill Songwriting & Poetry Contest -- Our songwriting & poetry contest is free to enter, & winners will receive $200 & a free recording session at Project Freewill Studios. We'll play recordings of all applicants' work on our community radio station, HOOSKOW radio & host a live event showcasing each winner's work. All may apply by sending a rough demo/recording of your original music (note: songs will not be judged by quality of recording) or send a poem to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline for submissions is for round 4 is April 1st, 2023.
Our next live event is Saturday, May 20th, 2023. We'll have music, poetry, and Irish Storyteller Mike Brown. This event is free to the community, and starts at 4pm. Check back soon for a full line-up of artists! Confirmed are: Poet Joseph Jackson, White Gourd, Sagittarius Rising, Maine Poet Laureate Julia Bouwsma, Emmee G. Smith, Laura Grover, Clay Camero, Asa Irons, Colby Nathan, Poet Andy Wendell, Patch, Video Nasties, Micah Smalldone, and more...
Free Music Education -- We are committed to providing free music education to our community. Our teachers use special methods, including teaching how to play by ear, & integrate music therapy into their practice. Interested in learning music, or need help finding an instrument, or interested in joining our improv music group?
PF Prison Project -- Funded by the Onion Foundation, we're working on collaborating with residents at the Women's Reentry Center in Windham Maine, to record & amplify the voices of those inside, to help them heal through the act of creation. We're excited to announce an upcoming poetry workshop hosted by Julia Bouwsma, Maine Poet Laureate and Project Freewill board member, & the creation of a music library inside prison walls. We're also working on radio shows and podcasts featuring the voices of those inside. Check back for updates, and please donate to help us with our mission.
PF Collab with MIO -- Maine Inside Out is a performing arts nonprofit comprised of folks previously incarcerated at Long Creek. We are collaborating with them to build them a recording studio at their headquarters in Lewiston so their amazing art & music & poetry can resound & shine. We will teach MIO recording basics & serve as an ongoing resource to them for all things audio.
PF Mobile Recording Studio, where we travel to artists’ homes & record their works, is an ongoing project/service we provide for our community for free. We’ve just released our first album from this project from New Portland band D.I.R.T., who we recorded in their one room cabin. The proceeds from their album will go to help them survive another winter.
PF Recording Studio -- The PF recording studio is located in New Portland and records people for free, encourages collaboration with other artists around the state, aids in the production & release of albums recorded on our label, Saxwand Records. All profits from record sales go directly to the artists.
interested in recording at Freewill?
send us an email and a demo to email@example.com
PF Podcast -- Up now, our first episode features an interview/reading with the incredible Joseph Jackson, poet & founder of Maine Prisoner Advocacy. Other episodes include Maine Poet Laureate Juila Bouwsma of Kingfield Maine, D.I.R.T. of New Portland Maine, Poet Laureate of Belfast Jacob Fricke, Abby Richardson of Anson Maine, and a very special musical interview with Mali Obomsawin. Click here to listen.
PF Radio -- Inside Outlaw Sat&Sun 830pm-9pm on WXNZLP HOOSKOW Radio 98.1FM We air our podcast and a diverse set of music from Maine and around the world to get the community inspired by new music & ideas. We often feature our own collaborations, sometimes premiering them to the public for the first time. Click here for archived shows.
Thank you for your support
Your donations have helped us fix a massive hole in the roof, and got us off to a running start with our programming. We could use your help now to fix our headquarters to enable us to have live events once more. Any amount helps.