PATMAD Information

Mission and Programs

PATMAD's mission, stated in the articles of incorporation, is

Promoting knowledge of and participation in traditional music and dance in the Philadelphia area by sponsoring workshops, dances, and other events that offer musicians, dancers, and teachers the opportunity to teach, learn, perform, and participate.

PATMAD sponsors these programs:

Non-profit corporation

Philadelphia Area Traditional Music and Dance (PATMAD) was created as a Pennsylvania non-profit corporation effective January 1, 2007. Forming this corporation was approved in a community meeting at Glenside Memorial Hall on December 6, 2006.

PATMAD Articles of Incorporation

The Thursday contra dance has been an affiliate member of Country Dance and Song Society (CDSS) for a long time. Effective January 1, 2007, PATMAD received 501(c)3 tax-exempt status through the CDSS group exemption. PATMAD's non-profit filings are available from

Prior to January 1, 2007, the Thursday contra dance was an unincorporated association run by the Thursday Night Dance Committee (TNDC), predecessor to the current board.


Bylaws for PATMAD were approved by the board on June 4, 2007, by CDSS in July 2007, and by the community at a public meeting at Glenside Memorial Hall on September 20, 2007.

Current PATMAD Bylaws
Original 2007 PATMAD Bylaws


As stated in the articles of incorporation, PATMAD is a membership corporation. The members of the corporation shall elect the members of the Board. Any person who participates in the activities of the corporation may sign up to be a member. The board has established the following procedures for membership:

As provided in the Bylaws, members must sign up or renew their membership 4 weeks before voting in an election or community meeting. Members must be in good standing 6 months before becoming a voting member of the board.

Board Elections

As provided in the bylaws, the board has established the following procedures for board elections:

A list of current board members and other volunteers is on our web site.

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