Music Every Week
(the project formerly known as Song a Week)
MEW is a community of music-makers! I've been facilitating it since November 2019. These are the rules of participation:
you gotta write and record a song every week or you're out!
when you submit a song, you can hear everyone else's songs
we have a stream every week where we can listen and chat together
there will be some optional theme prompts, but it's very open ended: above all else you just have to keep making things
the group keep going until there are no more songmakers standing
It's open to new musicmakers on January 2021. Come play if this sounds fun!
How does it work?
You make a song, and submit it before the deadline each week. If you miss the deadline, you're kicked out of the group!! Every week I make a secret playlist of the songs for folks: they can to listen to everyone’s wigglin-fresh creations on their own, or tune into a Twitch stream (put together by our fellow member Jon Timm) to listen and chat live. Sometimes we’ll do shows (streamed for now) or compilations for public release! Like this one, and this one.
What counts as music?
Literally anything. It can have words or not, lots of instruments or just one, acoustic and/or electronic components, or you can bang on pots and pans and make a legitimately sick track. You don't have to have access to fancy recording equipment either! It works best when you give it an honest effort, but as for genre and content? Entirely up to you!
Can I submit covers?
No! (But sometimes, yes.) We might do a cover week here or there as an exercise, and we've seen a truly wild remix or two over the course of the playlists, but the goal of the project is to write music!
Does it cost money?
No! We are very anti-capitalist here at MEW Inc. (Rather, I am very anti-capitalist: it’s just me and some very helpful friends making it happen).
Music Every Week is about doing the thing you love every week and making cool stuff and being a part of a community while everything (especially the music landscape) is upside down. There are hosting costs that I pay, and the prep every week takes a fair amount of time on top of my day job and my own music-making practice, so at the behest of some members there will be a brand new *totally optional* Patreon to help support the project. Both members and non-members can contribute if they’re stoked about MEW, or want some element of financial accountability. If you want to donate, you can do so here.
Otherwise: you can participate for free, and will always be able to!
How did it all start?
A friend of a friend was putting on this thing called Song a Week, and did I want to do it? I said absolutely yes, and lasted for about eight weeks. It was an incredible accountability system, and the music I was hearing from the other folks was so good and pushed me to really come up with something I was excited about each week. I reached out again the following year to see if it was happening, and he said “no it's not, but you should run one!”
The idea isn’t new: there are a lot of chapters across the country and internationally that are doing similar things. Some of them are affiliated with magazines or are pay-to-play. This is just a group of friends and peers, who reached out to friends and peers, who have now reached you!
I don't think I can make a whole song every week.
That's what they all say. I've heard that from at least five of the people who are still doing it a year after we kicked off. Also, not a question. The question is "could I make a whole song every week?" The answer is ABSOLUTELY YES YOU CAN.