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Make Music City of the Week: Nicosia

The Republic of Cyprus joins Make Music Day in 2019 with a special program in Nicosia, led by ARTio Music.

Throughout the old city, located within the 16th century Venetian walls, a series of walking tours on June 21 will guide participants through 20+ interactive musical activities, showing off the local musical culture as well as the history of this ancient capital.

Check out their website to learn more!

Bands Undercover

Does your band want to try something new this Make Music Day?

On June 21, bands around the world will take to the streets to cover each other’s music, and live stream their performances to each other in a unique musical conversation called Bands Undercover

All creators of original music are welcome to join – from solo singer-songwriters and electronic music producers, to metal bands, brass ensembles, choirs and folk singers. The only requirement is that you write original music of your own, and that you’re excited about covering someone else’s!

Register by April 15th at makemusicday.org/bu-register, and we will pair you with another band from across the country – or around the world – to embark on a collaborative musical adventure.

Make Music Now in 80+ U.S. Cities

From accordion players to zitherists, musicians across the country will join forces on Friday June 21 for Make Music Day, the world’s largest annual music event.

In 2019, over 80 U.S. cities are celebrating Make Music Day on a large scale. New Make Music chapters have launched this year in Arizona, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Washington State, bringing the holiday to even more of the country, and joining over 1,000 international Make Music cities.

Check out the preview from Rolling Stone, and then find a celebration near you!

Reflecting on Make Music Day Winter and Planning Ahead!

NEW YORK – DECEMBER 21: Members of Hot Hand Band perform during Solstice Soul Train as part of Make Music Winter on December 21, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images for NAMM)

In mid-February we reflect back on the events of Make Music Winter 2018 as cities begin to plan for Make Music Day 2019!

Make Music Winter!

Winter Is Coming Winter is Here!

Make Music Winter is right around the corner, with 50+ participatory, mobile events setting out across the country on Friday, December 21.

See the full schedule.

And then warm up your singing voice, your bell-ringing hands, your guitar amps, and your creative juices to Make Music next week at a Winter event near you!

Winter Is Coming!

After years of spontaneous musical merriment on June 21, we are thrilled to bring the spirit of Make Music Day to December 21, the winter solstice.

For Make Music Winter, music can pop up anywhere. Rounding the corner, you may see a herd of electric guitarists, a choir of medieval singers, or a percussive Puerto Rican parranda coming down the street. Ingenious musical parades for iPhones, hand bells, bicycles, trombones, and boomboxes have delighted audiences since New York City began celebrating Make Music Winter in 2011.

Whatever your wintertime musical dreams, anything is possible. And all of it is free, joyful, and profoundly participatory.

Check out our new Make Music Winter section for the full details, and learn how to create your own mobile, participatory Make Music Winter event!

Streaming Concerts on June 21

Make Music Day is best experienced live. But if find yourself somewhere without live music on Thursday, we have collected nine unique streaming events to check out!

Live-streamed Make Music Day projects include a Verdi performance at the Sydney Opera House, 30 School of Rock locations simultaneously performing David Bowie’s Rebel Rebel, an online festival from Ultimate Guitar, streaming video from a “carpool karaoke,” and much more from around the world.

Click here for selected streaming highlights from Make Music Day.

#makemusicday

If you’re posting about Make Music Day on social media, we want to see it and help spread your message!

Please use the hashtag #makemusicday across media platforms, along with any local hashtag your city may be using. Over the next few days we will be watching for the hashtag and reposting.

Make Music Country of the Week: Australia

On Thursday, the Australian Music Association launches Australia’s first nationwide Make Music Day celebration!

Partners including City and State governments, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and local organizers are coming together for more than 70 events around the country, in a wide range of settings and genres.

Whether recording their version of “Waltzing Matilda,” taking a free Hammond Organ lesson, or joining a community Steelband performance, Make Music Australia participants are finding special musical ways to celebrate the (winter) solstice on June 21.

Visit the Make Music Australia website!