On behalf of the 14th annual Independent Music Awards and passionate music fans everywhere - it is our pleasure to congratulate Tom Neilson on winning the coveted Vox Pop fan vote for It's a Crime in the Social Action Song category.
"People For A New Society has proudly nominated Tom Neilson, Ed.D for the 2015 Nelson Mandela Award. Tom's work has spanned decades and continents sharing comprehensive and sobering interpretations of sociology and history with an easily digestible and entertaining format designed to inform and inspire..... Peace.

       The UN Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Prize recognizes the achievements of those who dedicate their lives to the service of humanity in the promotion of reconciliation and social cohesion, and in community development, guided by the purposes and principles of the United Nations."

D. Petrovich, People For A New Society

I am now booking the “BLOWING THE WHISTLE” tour from December 2015 through April 2016. I have bookings in NJ, NY, NC, SC, FL, AL, MS, LA, OK, TX, AZ, CA, CO, KS, UT, IL, OH,  and other states waiting, as I juggle the venues into a sensible route. If you want to book a concert, or other program, (church, school, living room, union hall) now is the time to do it. Please be in touch. Thanks for keeping the music alive! tom

This pipeline ain't gonna pass:  
- Tom has just been nominated for his third IMA (Independent Music Awards) Song Of The Year for his song about whistleblowing, "It's A Crime



Music for Social Change

“This is very good music. And very good politics.” Tom Paxton

“One of the most savvy songwriters I know.” World Soul Records

“Does a great job of reminding people of what is really important, and the power of folk music to say it.” Michael Stock, WLRN, Miami, FL

Tom and Lynn performing Same Sex Marriage at PMN Winter Gathering 2015

Tom performing Gotta Have TheBalls at Great Labor Arts Exchange 2013 

Tom's new song in video for forest protection against clear-cutting 

Climate Chaos & the Quabbin Woodlands

Tom at Freedom Square October2011.org




Winner- Kerrville Folk Festival

Winner- South Florida Folk Festival

Winner- IMA People's Choice Song of the Year for Social Action



  As a result of being hit on the interstate in November 2013, I lost partial use of my left hand. For this reason, you see a fairly empty calendar in 2014-2015. I remained busy songwriting (so much material to work with!) and performing at events with sidemen Bruce Colegrove and Ben Grosscup playing guitar while Lynn and I sing.  I was particularly busy producing the winter PMN weekend concert in January 2015.

   THE GOOD NEWS: Through multiple therapies, motor skill and strength returned and I played guitar as Music Director in the "Voices Of Working People's History" production on May 1, 2015. 


"Individuals have duties which transcend the national obligations of obedience. Therefore individual citizens have the duty to violate domestic laws to prevent crimes against peace and humanity from occurring."  Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal 1950