In 2011 Songwriters and Poets began as a 6 week series of 45 Performances in the Black Squirrel on 18th Street NW DC after those 6 weeks Original Local Live Music never stopped at the Black Squirrel and grew to include a number of other new spaces around the city. in 2012 we were asked to revitalize Adams Morgan Day's Entertainment Schedule, the oldest street festival in DC, and we brought 75 performances in 8 hours on 6 Stages leaving a significant mark on the festival's long tarnished reputation by bringing 75,000 fans out thanks to Lon Dunn RIP and his Social In Network that at the time carried 350,000 followers in the DMV and Ike Nwarmi and his Kojami App. Later in 2013 we were graced with the task of bringing music to Clarendon Day, a 16th year for that event, and we brought 25,000 to the event thanks again to Lon and Ike and the power of social media.
"Songwriters and Poets are at the core of communication across all cultures, they are the shamans who point the way, the soothsayers who calm the pain and the pioneers who keep us sane... "
In September 2016 we launched SongPo Radio on WERA 96.7FM in Arlington, Virginia under the auspices of ArlingMedia.org and in 2020 at the onset of the pandemic that changed all of our lives, we launched SongPo TV with an episode by Eli Lev at the now legendary Sevareid House Concerts in Alexandria, Virginia. We quickly morphed to support our local and regional Artists by sharing their Live Streams and songs produced for us to share their donation URLS in hope that the viewers would show a token of appreciation. As the pandemic wears on we continue to support Artists local to the DMV and in support of Organizations that are working for a Sustainable Future.
We needed one central place to call home and give other media creators an outlet and an opportunity to unite voices so we founded the DMVArtsNetwork in an effort to put hands on buckets everywhere