PF Programs & Events
Project Freewill Songwriting & Poetry Contest -- This year we're partnering with Billy's Belly Music Fest in Anson Maine to host a songwriting and poetry contest. It's free to enter, and there will be cash prizes, and winners will receive a free recording session at Project Freewill Studios. We'll play recordings of the winning applicants' work on our community radio station, HOOSKOW radio, and, covid-permitting, host a live event showcasing your 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 email@example.com. Deadline for submissions is March 1st.
Winner in Music: $200 Judge: Maine musician Clay Camero
Winner in Poetry: $200 Judge: Maine Poet Laureate Julia Bouwsma
PF Prison Project -- We're working on collaborating with prisoners currently incarcerated in Maine, to record and amplify the voices of those inside, to help them heal through the act of creation. We will teach songwriting and singing and have already begun gathering instruments to donate to prison libraries. If you have instruments you'd like to donate, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are also actively participating in community action for abolition and advocacy, attending meetings about reentry and recovery in our area, and hope to serve as a hub and resource to people as they reenter society after serving time. If you're interested in getting involved, email us, and visit Freedom&Captivity.org and Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition to get involved.
PLEASE CALL YOUR LOCAL REPRESENTATIVES AND GOV. JANET MILLS and tell them to CLOSE LONG CREEK YOUTH FACILITY and END SOLITARY CONFINEMENT.
PF Mobile Recording Studio, where we travel to artists’ homes and record their works, is an ongoing project/service we provide for our community for free. We’re poised to release our first album from this project from a local underground band called 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 and release of albums recorded on our label, Saxwand Records. All profits from record sales go directly to the artists.
Upcoming recording projects:
Marcella Garcia of Skowhegan, Maine
Steve Camden of Anson, Maine
Flesh&Blood -- funded by the SPACE Sonic Visions Grant, Flesh&Blood is a collaboration between Portland artist Angelikah Fahray, Providence-based modern dancer Olase Freeman and New Portland artist Clay Camero. Together they are weaving a 10 minute composition and movie to be presented live @ SPACE GALLERY in Portland Sat. Dec 18 & at Project Freewill next summer. This work examines our roots as non-binary spiritual bodies and the weight of being human. Click here for more info.
PF Podcast -- Up now, our first episode features an interview/reading with the incredible Joseph Jackson, poet and founder of Maine Prisoner Advocacy. Other episodes include Maine Poet Laureate Juila Bouwsma of Kingfield Maine, Genius Black of 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 -- 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 and ideas. We often feature our own collaborations, sometimes premiering them to the public for the first time. Click here for archived shows.
We’re currently searching for funding & writing grants to improve our headquarters in order to open once more for live events. We hope to be open by Spring/Summer 2022!
photo by Alex Nelson
We Need Your Help
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.