About Make Music

Last year, over 750 cities around the world threw citywide music celebrations on June 21.

It all started 35 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, live music would be everywhere: street corners and parks, rooftops and gardens, store fronts and mountaintops.

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.

Three decades later, the holiday has spread throughout the world and is now celebrated in more than 120 countries. In the U.S., the presenting sponsor is the NAMM Foundation.

Make Music Cities

Alabama

Huntsville, AL

California

Davis, CA
Fullerton, CA
Los Angeles, CA
San Diego, CA
San Jose, CA

Florida

Fort Lauderdale, FL
Miami, FL

Illinois

Chicago, IL

Indiana

Fort Wayne, IN

Iowa

Iowa Corridor

Maine

Portland, ME

Massachusetts

Boston, MA
Worcester, MA

Michigan

Detroit, MI

Minnesota

Twin Cities, MN

Missouri

Liberty, MO
St. Louis, MO

New Jersey

Montclair, NJ
Somerville, NJ

New York

Buffalo, NY
New York, NY
Niagara Falls, NY
Ossining-Briarcliff, NY
Rochester, NY
Wyoming County, NY

Ohio

Cleveland, OH
Columbus, OH
Mentor, OH

Oregon

Portland, OR
Salem, OR

Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
Pittsburgh, PA

Rhode Island

Rhode Island

South Carolina

Columbia, SC

South Dakota

Black Hills, SD

Tennessee

Chattanooga, TN
Nashville, TN

Texas

Allen, TX
El Paso, TX
San Antonio, TX

Vermont

Vermont

Virginia

Warrenton, VA

Washington DC

Washington, D.C.

Washington State

Issaquah, WA
Port Townsend, WA
Redmond, WA
Seattle, WA

Wisconsin

Madison, WI
Milwaukee, WI
Platteville, WI

Alberta

Edmonton

UK

United Kingdom

Africa

Lagos

Participate

Make Music New York 2007. Photo: Ethan Kent

Want to play? There’s always room in the band.

We invite musicians, rappers and instrumentalists of all kinds to collaborate on making June 21 a musical masterpiece. Singers, church choirs, jazz combos, rock bands, glee clubs, MCs, marching bands, mariachis, and every other kind of musician, of any age group or skill level, are all welcome.

How to Make Music on June 21

Schedule

All Make Music concerts are free and open to the public.

Use the map below to find a celebration near you! Or download the official Make Music Day app for iOS or Android to find concerts on the go.

 

Other North American events: Eastern, Central, Mountain, Pacific, Alaska
Outside of North America: Make Music UK and Make Music Lagos

National Partners

The Make Music Alliance thanks this year’s U.S. partners. Click on each one to learn about their special initiatives for June 21!

Media Resources

Contact Us

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Make Music Los Angeles 2014. Photo: Jerod Harris/Getty

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