Make Music Day

“A day with family, food, and music is an easy sell. You can’t get any better than that.” - Thad Tegtmeyer, Sweetwater Store and Academy of Music and Technology Manager

Make Music Day is a free celebration of music around the world on June 21, the summer solstice. It is the world’s largest annual music event. Launched in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique, it is now held on the same day in more than 1,000 cities in 120 countries.

Completely different from a typical music festival, Make Music is open to anyone who wants to take part. Every kind of musician — young and old, amateur and professional, of every musical persuasion — pours onto streets, parks, plazas, and porches to share their music with friends, neighbors, and strangers. All of it is free and open to the public.

Date

June 21, 2020

2020 Virtual Event Highlights

  • Live From Home Challenge: Record a musical performance at home on June 21, and tag three friends to challenge them to respond with their own performances.
  • Online Music Lessons: Teachers around the world will be offering free, online lessons for a variety of instruments on June 21.
  • Street Studios: Be part of a completely improvised music creation session. Record any sound or musical material on June 21st and upload it to one of the “Street Studio” producers, then watch the producer’s livestream as they incorporate it into a musical track created on the spot, using only the submitted materials.
  • Bands Undercover: Individuals or bands sign up to cover each other’s original music, and live stream their performances to each other in a unique musical exchange on June 21.
  • Young Composers Contest: Composers between the ages of 13-21 are invited to submit short, original compositions for choir by June 1st. A panel of renowned composers will give their feedback on all entries, and will select one winning piece to release on June 21 to the world in a professional performance.
  • Global Livestream: a day-long video stream on June 21 will show the rich diversity of live Make Music Day events around the world.

Learn More

To find out more about Make Music Day or to  organize an event, please visit www.makemusicday.org or contact Aaron Friedman.

Make Music Winter Returns on December 21

Make Music Winter, a free, outdoor celebration with exuberant and participatory musical parades, performances and events in dozens of US cities on Monday, December 21, today announced a return for its tenth-anniversary edition.

Since 2011, people of all ages, musical abilities, and backgrounds have met up for Make Music Winter to promenade through public spaces and play music for bells, electric guitars, percussion, and more. It’s a joyful, socially-distanced, and safe way to ring in the winter solstice and celebrate the end of a long, wearying year.

All Make Music Winter events are free and open to the public. Additional events will be posted at www.makemusicwinter.org in November. Make Music Winter is presented by The NAMM Foundation and coordinated by the nonprofit Make Music Alliance.

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