Massachusetts
Profile Type: Artist
Artist
Pamela Means

PAMELA MEANS is a singer-songwriter with a penchant for protest songs. Conservatory-trained and best known for her folk music career, she is also a superb jazz singer and social activist. Curve Magazine calls her “one of the fiercest guitar players and politically rooted singer-songwriters in the music industry today.”

“When Pamela Means picks up her guitar and begins to sing, a listener doesn’t forget her. She possesses musical attitude and purpose.” - WSHU Connecticut Public Radio

“She's got more chops than the gentle pickers of her ilk will ever have.”  - Oregon Live  (Portland OR)

“Means sings, lightly striking her strings for Michael Hedges-style harmonics that sparkle like stars in a hilltown sky.” - Daily Hampshire Gazette 

“Singer-songwriter and demigod, Pamela Means, is one of the fiercest guitar players and politically rooted [singer-songwriters] in the music industry today... With [Pamela Means Jazz Project Vol. 1] Means takes her rightful place among contemporary superstar jazz vocalists such as Cassandra Wilson and Norah Jones.” Curve Magazine

Additional Links: 
Written June 10, 2020 in the midst of George Floyd protests and Black Lives Matter Movement
From the album, Pamela Means and The Reparations "Live at Northfire" (2020)

I Have Worked With

  • May 2020

    Live performance via Passim Streams in May 2020. Also numerous live in-person concerts at Club Passim since 1995.

  • February 2020

    Forthcoming album, Pamela Means and The Reparations "Live at Northfire" mastered by Mark Alan Miller at Sonelab Recording Studios in Easthampton MA. 

  • February 2020

    Solo acoustic, voice and guitar, performance of The Beatles "Abbey Road" album, in its entirety. Sold out show!

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Pamela
Job Title/Position: 
Singer-songwriter and jazz musician
Mailing Address: 
PO Box 953
Easthampton, MA 01027
Physical Address: 
Easthampton, MA 01027
Last Name: 
Means
Phone: 
413-320-6712

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Music - Folk
Additional Disciplines: 
Music - Jazz
Year Founded: 
1989
Populations Served: 
Adults
Businesses
Elders
General Public
LGBTQ Populations
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Audio or Video Recording
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Performance / Concert / Reading
Wedding / Parties / Private Gatherings
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Events Per Year: 
100
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
County
Multi-County Region
State
Multi-State Region
National
International

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Education: 
Wisconsin Conservatory of Music (Classical Guitar Studies)
Wisconsin Conservatory of Music (Jazz Studies)
Awards: 
Wisconsin Folk Artist of the Year
Wisconsin Female Vocalist of the Year
Best Acoustic Act (twice!), Milwaukee WI
Outstanding Folk Artist, Boston Music Award Nomination
Outmusic Album of the Year ("Single Bullet Theory")
Indie Gods of Guitar Silver Award, Acoustic category
Top Ten Album of the Year ("Pamela Means Jazz Project") Muruch Entertainment
Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Best New Artist

Accessibility of Services

Access accommodations for people who use a wheelchair and have limited mobility
Access accommodations for people who are Deaf and hard-of-hearing
With advance planning, I can provide ASL interpreter services via a network of ASL interpreters whom I can contact; and I can make sure a particular venue provides access for wheelchair and limited mobility needs.

I am a Touring Artist

Technical Requirements: 
Basic Lighting
Professional sound system with EQ and multiple channels
Speakers
Fee Range Minimum: 
$300
Fee Range Maximum: 
$25,000
State of Residence: 
Massachusetts
Minimum Number of Performers: 
1
Maximum Number of Performers: 
4

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Music
Ages Served: 
Middle School-age
High School-age
College-Age
Adults
Seniors
Fee Range Minimum: 
$300
Fee Range Maximum: 
$3,000