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Last year, over 700 cities around the world threw citywide music celebrations on June 21st.

It all started 32 years ago in France.

In 1982, Jack Lang and his staff at the Ministry of Culture dreamed up an idea for a new kind of musical holiday. They imagined a day where free music would be everywhere, all around the city: street corners, parks, rooftops, gardens, and store fronts.

And, unlike a typical music festival, anyone and everyone would be invited to join and play music, or host performances. The event would take place on the summer solstice, June 21, and would be called Fête De La Musique. (In French, the name means both “festival of music” and “make music!”)

Amazingly enough, this dream has come true. The Fête has turned into a true national holiday: France shuts down on the summer solstice and musicians take over. Almost 8% of the country (5 million people) have played an instrument or sung in public for the Fête de la Musique, and 53% of the country (35 million people) comes out each year to listen.

Three decades later, the holiday has spread throughout the world and is now celebrated in more than 700 cities in 103 different countries.

Learn more about Make Music in North America, the Make Music Alliance

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/makemusicday/


Make Music Day is a worldwide, daylong celebration of free, public, outdoor music on the summer solstice.

Last year, organizers in over 800 cities around the world took part and reimagined their city as a stage. Musicians of all styles, all ages, and all skill levels used music to spread joy to their commu-nities – on rooftops, in store fronts, in parks and porches – anywhere they dreamt of hosting a concert.

This movement started in France in 1982 with an event called Fête de la Musique (or "Make Music" in English). Today, it has become an international phenomenon, and hundreds of millions of people worldwide celebrate, create, and share music in public spaces on June 21st. It has recently gained momentum in North America, with nineteen cities participating last year, including “Make Music New York,” “Make Music Chicago” and “Make Music Madison.”

To learn more and to get involved, visit makemusicday.org

Why We Do It
The Make Music movement affirms the importance of music and its role in building and bridging communities – community members have cultural events brought to where they are, amateur musicians share their passion and gain confidence, and professionals are introduced to new audiences. It’s the perfect opportunity for your store or business to host an event and create more music makers. So tap your feet, grab an instrument, amp up and bring your community together in a worldwide celebration of music!

Who Participates?

More than 800 cities in 110 countries hold official, citywide celebrations of music on June 21st with free, openly accessible concerts, music lessons, and participatory performances.

On a smaller scale, many others around the world join in with their own events on June 21st, wherever they are, organizing music for their neighborhood, for their block, or for their parking lot.

If you want to start up a citywide celebration, there are resources to help you get started! You can find links to participating cities and ways to get started at makemusicday.org.

Citywide Make Music celebrations in 2015 will include:

Fullerton, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Seattle, WA
Santa Fe, NM
Plymouth, NH
Denver, CO
Portland, OR
Chicago, IL
Cambridge, MA
Portland, ME
Montclair, NJ
San Diego, CA
New York City, NY
Philadelphia, PA
Austin, TX
Issaquah, WA
Hoboken, NJ
Madison, WI
Vancouver, BC
Toronto, ON


The best thing about Make Music Day is that anyone can perform, anyone can host, and any place can become a venue! June 21st concerts are free and open to the public.

To participate, start by contacting your local Make Music organizers. By visiting makemusicday.org you can find a comprehensive list of city organizers and ways to contact them via their own websites.

If an official Make Music organization does not yet exist in your hometown, you can still be involved in the worldwide celebration and easily create your own event! You can even establish a new branch based in your city or town. For advice and more information on getting involved, members can contact the NAMM Mass Appeal Fellow Dave Ruder, dave@makemusicday.org.

Create a Make Music Day Event Step-by-Step!
• Partner with a Make Music city and join an existing local organization; reach out to city contacts to collaborate with local organizers in promoting what you are doing as part of the overall, city-wide or regional events.
• Contact NAMM Make Mass Appeal Fellow Dave Ruder at dave@makemusicday.org if your community does not have a local branch to join the worldwide celebration on June 21st.

• If your city has Make Music Organizers, contact them directly about setting up your location as a par-ticipating venue or finding another space to partner with.
• If your city does not have Make Music Organizers, look into getting a permit for your outdoor, public Make Music Day event. Whether your event is on your storefront sidewalk or in a public park, be sure that you are complying with public safety laws. Contact dave@makemusicday.org for more in-formation.
• Make Music Day concerts are free to attend and open to the public and can exist:
o On store fronts, stoops, sidewalks, and streets
o In parks, parking lots, plazas, and gardens
o At schools, community centers, churches, and libraries

• Invite your customers or a specific community group to participate in a public, hands-on, music-making event in your business or at a local park.
o Gather together a Drum circle
o Teach first time musicians how to play the ukulele or harmonica
o Host a guitar strum-along for customers and community members
o See makemusicday.org for more hands-on “Mass Appeal” ideas.
• Host a day of outdoor concerts for the lesson-taking students in your community.
o Unite all of your flute players for a flute troop play along
o Host a trumpet brigade fanfare
o Create an outdoor String Suzuki Slam recital
• Create an instrument-making percussion event with young children.
o Ask children to bring a coffee can and provide construction paper for decoration
o Partner with a local hardware store for a hands-on percussion fun day
o Create frame drums easily with packing tape and picture frames

• Hold a jam session. Invite customers, their friends, your employees, and the community as a whole to bring their musical instruments to your business for a Make Music Day jam session.
• Host a concert or a battle of the bands. Invite a school chorus, church group or other community band to perform at your business. You may already host these types of performances; by scheduling one on June 21st, you can broaden your reach by tapping into the resources of Make Music Day.