Make Music


Make Music Worcester is an annual free, outdoor day of music held on the summer solstice, June 21.

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.

Make Music Day began in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique, it is now held on the same day in more than 800 cities in 120 countries.

Make Music Worcester invites all members of the Worcester community to join in the celebration of live music by performing, hosting musical acts, and attending the free concerts and programs.

Make Music Worcester is being presented by The Worcester Arts Council in partnership with Music Worcester.



MAY 5, 2019

Celebrity Karaoke Fundraiser | 6:00PM – 9:00PM
Nicks Bar and Restaurant | 124 Millbury St. Worcester, MA 01610

Join us for a night of fun, laughter and music. Whether you are spectator or choose to belt out a few songs this is a night you do not want to miss! Bring cash to make sure your favorite Worcester celebrity sings your song of choice. Check back for details.

For questions or more information contact us at


When we say, Performed by Anyone, Enjoyed by Everyone, we really mean it.  Make Music Worcester is seeking musicians of all skill levels who would like to perform on June 21, and venues who would like to host them.

Registration is open!

After you have reviewed our FAQ click the button below to access the “match-making” software and follow these instructions:


Event Organizers: If you already have a performer and venue lined up together, enter your information to show up in the listings. First register the venue, then click the “Input Artist Info” button on your dashboard. Enter the performance details and click the “Schedule Performance” button. If you are not accepting performance requests, make sure the slider on the Availability page is set to “Not accepting requests”

Looking for performers or a venue?

Venues: Create a profile by submitting your location information and a description of the space. Peruse the musician profiles to request a performance, or welcome musicians to bid on your space independently. Confirm the connection and make sure your space is ready to go on June 21st! Need help? Check out our venue registration tutorial or contact us at

Performers: Create your profile by submitting a photo, description of your act, and any relevant website/social media links. Check out the available venues and bid on one that will fit your needs. The venue will confirm your request, and you’re good to go. Need help? Check out our performer registration tutorial or contact us at

Volunteers: Make Music Worcester is looking for volunteers who are willing to help us with our event.  Interested in helping organize, promote, capture (video, photo, social media) and/or work with musicians, please fill out our Volunteer Sign Up Form or email us at and we’ll see you on June 21st!



This program is supported by a grant from the Worcester Arts Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.


Additional Sponsors:  The City of Worcester


2018 Press:

Worcester making music in June – Pulse Magazine 06-06-2018

Make Music Worcester Event Returns for Second Year – Worcester Telegram 3-28-2018

2017 Press:

Worcester Makes its Debut for ‘Make Music Day’ Wednesday – Worcester Telegram 6-18-17

Activity Abounds With Make Music Worcester – Worcester Magazine 6-15-17

Worcester’s Make Music Day – Inquiry – WICN 90.5 FM 5-24-17

Worcester Makes Music – Worcester Magazine 3-30-2017

A day for music: Make Music Day debuts in Worcester – Worcester Magazine 3-24-17

Worcester to take part in ‘Make Music Day’ – Worcester Telegram 3-24-17


Are you serious that anyone can perform?

Yes.  Make Music Day is meant for everyone, any age any ability.  If you have an instrument or a voice to share, we welcome you to sign up as a performer.  If you aren’t totally confident in your abilities as a performer, there are lots of opportunities to participate in group lessons, music jams, or sing-a-longs.  Everyone is welcome. 

Can my location be a Make Music Day venue?

Probably, yes.  The event must be free and accessible to everyone. We encourage outdoor music performances, but keep in mind that all performances are required to adhere to the City of Worcester sound ordinance found on the City website, and the street performer regulations.  Note there are special restrictions near schools, hospitals, courts, and medical offices.*  Performances in outdoor spaces also cannot block pedestrian access or cause any other public safety issues. 

Please note that all Make Music Day performance venues must be registered with the matchmaking website to be considered official.

*Performances in city parks are only allowed in designated Make Music Day performance locations.  To perform in a park, create a performer profile in the matchmaking website and request one of the park locations as a venue.

If you are unsure about whether your location is an acceptable venue, please contact us at

Can I get a venue with electricity?

Maybe.  The majority of locations where performances are to be held are in city parks, where there will not be electricity.  There will be a few select venue locations where power will be available, and we will do our best to accommodate you, but we cannot guarantee power to everyone.  Please consider offering to give an acoustic performance if possible, even if it’s something you don’t usually do.  We’re all about trying new things on Make Music Day.

Is busking allowed in Worcester?

Short answer – yes, so long as you follow the rules.  Worcester’s street performer rules are part of the city ordinances [Chapter 12 Section 26(h)] found here on page 212.

When you register as a performer for Make Music Day at a venue in the matching system, we will do our best to ensure that the venue meets the requirements.  We will also have volunteers on hand to keep an eye on the crowd to make sure public ways are not being blocked.  You will still be responsible to make sure that you do not exceed the volume and signage limits.

If you choose to busk on a different day, you will have to ensure that your location is OK under the rules.  Note that performing in a city park is never allowed unless you have the permission of the Parks Department.

We hope that you will consider performing outside beyond Make Music Day.  Buskers bring vibrancy and fun to cities.


 The full text of the street performer rule:

(h) No person shall act or perform as an itinerant musician on any public street or private way shown on the official map of the city, or in any public park, playground, or the Worcester Common, where such person conducts such activity:

(1) within one hundred feet of any: (A) elementary or secondary school; (B) library; (C) church while in session; (D) hospital or nursing home; or, (E) other street performer or group of street performers; or,

(2) in such a manner as to block roadways, sidewalks, crosswalks, driveways, stairways, curb cuts, handicapped access ramps nor block access to buildings, parks, public conveyances, businesses, crosswalks, traffic control poles containing pedestrian crosswalk button(s), or within twenty feet of a fire hydrant or within five feet of any fire alarm or other emergency communication devise, including public telephones, either by the performer’s location, or by the location of any crowd that the performer may draw (for purposes of this ordinance “block” shall mean to reduce the width of an area for pedestrian passage or access to less than thirty-six inches or, in the case of motor vehicles, to an area less than twelve feet); or,

(3) on any portion of a public street which has been closed to usual vehicular or pedestrian traffic for any reason, except that where an authorized street fair or public festival is being conducted, such activities may be conducted only with the permission of the sponsor of such fair or festival; or,

(4) at any time outside of the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; or,

(5) so as to generate noise exceeding a median sound level of eighty decibels measured at a distance of fifty feet from the performer or group of performers; or,

(6) where such activity is conducted within any public park, playground, or the Worcester Common, without the written permission of the Parks & Recreation Commission.

Nothing in this subsection (h) shall prevent any street performer from requesting contributions of money or property at a performance, provided that no sign requesting contributions shall exceed twelve inches by eighteen inches.

Will musicians be paid to perform?

Make Music Day was designed to be a free music event, therefore we do not offer stipends for matched performances. Concerts should be free to attend, un-ticketed, and open to the public.

What is there is a inclement weather?

This is a rain or shine event. If necessary, we will move performances indoors.

Can I charge admission for a Make Music Worcester Concert or make it by “invitation only”?

No, all Make Music Worcester events must be free and open to the public.

Can we serve alcohol at our event?

Venues with existing alcohol and entertainment permits are welcome to participate and are responsible for adhering to the regulations of those existing permits. Otherwise, Make Music Worcester is an alcohol free event.

I’d like to take full advantage of Make Music Worcester and perform all over the city!

Scheduling more than one performance is fine. However, please allow reasonable time for travel and set-up if you plan to perform more than once.

I’m not a musician, but I am interested in learning. What kind of opportunities are there for the musically curious?

Several events are being planned for Make Music Worcester that require no prior musical experience—only a desire to have fun. Several locations will be hosting free lessons, which encourage anyone and everyone to join in.

Who will provide a stage/backline/tuned grand piano/ for my concert?

Make Music Worcester is not a typical music festival. Make Music Worcester is about people getting together in their own neighborhoods, creating their own musical events in a do-it-yourself fashion. We provide the framework and help facilitate the match making process — the rest is up to you! Artists and locations are responsible for producing their own events. This includes finding electricity, and providing whatever equipment is needed.

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