All music is folk music. I ain’t never heard a horse sing a song.
— Louis Armstrong


The New Folk Initiative is an inclusive resource for the propagation and promotion of folk music in its multi-faceted forms: singer-songwriters from the ‘60s to the present; inheritors of Appalachian, Celtic, bluegrass, blues, and gospel traditions; bands who fuse folk and rock; advocates of social justice in a changing world, and more.

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Sunday Supper

Sunday Supper, hosted by John Platt, airs weekly on WFUV, New York. Hear it live from 5-6pm on 90.7FM/ or in the online archives.

Select archival interviews also available here.


On Your Radar

ON YOUR RADAR is a monthly showcase for three emerging artists at Rockwood Music Hall in NYC. See details for the coming month and history of lineups dating back a dozen years.


food for thought

Commentary on music, theater, and films.


Playlists for the Sunday Supper and select Spotify playlists.

what’s going on

John's picks for concerts in the NY area in the coming week.

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How It Happens

With a 50-year career in broadcasting, John Platt is uniquely qualified to curate the work of both established artists and newcomers. In a media landscape saturated with options, he can draw on radio airplay, interviews, onstage appearances, articles, and podcasts to provide a rich and wide-ranging experience to an audience hungry for musical discovery.

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