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Make Music Day – thank you!

Congratulations to all who took part in Make Music Day – whether at home or in public, virtually or physically, alone or together! More than 1,500 music-making events were shared in the U.S. on June 21, along with performances by thousands of musicians in 120 countries around the world who celebrated the day.

One highlight of this unusual year was a surge of virtual collaborations between musicians who had never before met, but who came together on Make Music Day to create something beautiful. Explore their tracks and videos at the links for Bedroom Studios, #MySongIsYourSong, Track Meet, and Young Composers Contest.

And check out the footage from our international livestream on June 21st, with 12 hours of live performances from Australia, Bulgaria, Colombia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, the U.K., U.S., and many more.

Finally, mark your calendar for Make Music Winter on Monday, December 21, 2020!

Thank you to our national sponsors!

We’d like to give another shout-out to our national Make Music Day partners this year, with special thanks to the NAMM Foundation, without whom our work would not be possible.

Thank you and have a wonderful summer!

Landmarks Across the U.S. Shining Orange for Make Music Day

Hawaii's Aloha TowerFor the fourth year, more than 30 buildings and landmarks around the country will turn orange in honor of Make Music Day!

Three bridges, four City Halls, and national landmarks like Niagara Falls, Crazy Horse Memorial, and Hawaii’s Aloha Tower will all participate by turning orange – evoking the sun, the start of summer, and the Make Music Day logo – on June 21 or the night before.

Click here for the complete list!

10 Press Previews for Make Music Day

Girl with Make Music New York program

  1. "The summer solstice is going virtual. Here are 12 ways you can celebrate online," Tribune News Service, June 18, 2020
  2. "14th annual 'Make Music Day' goes virtual amid pandemic," Yahoo News, June 19, 2020
  3. "Make Music Day, a “free celebration of music around the world,” to take place on June 21," by Richard Bienstock, Guitar World Magazine, June 17, 2020
  4. "Chicago Symphony launching Virtual Day of Music," by Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune, June 18, 2020
  5. "Make Music Hartford, Hartford’s annual celebration of music, will connect community online this year," by Susan Dunne, Hartford Courant, May 28, 2020
  6. "Hawaii musicians needed to participate in worldwide music event “Make Music Day”," by Brigette Namata, KHON 2, May 19, 2020
  7. "Global music fest goes virtual: Make Music Madison takes part in annual celebration," by Robyn Norton, Wisconsin State Journal, June 19, 2020
  8. "Make Music Miami Puts the Spotlight on Local Acts During the Shutdown," by Mike Hamersly, Artburst Miami / Miami New Times, June 18, 2020
  9. "Make Music Day STL, part of global celebration, will make noise online this year," by Ben Simon, St Louis Post-Dispatch, June 18, 2020
  10. "COVID-19 concerns can’t stop the music," by Michael Chaiken, Republican-American, June 17, 2020

Visit our media page (link) for even more press coverage from around the U.S.!

How to Make Music on June 21

Make Music Day hashtagWhat are you waiting for? Just make music! Use our poster generator to promote your event (whether live or virtual), and use the hashtag #makemusicday when you share it. On June 21, pull out your instrument and start playing. Piece of cake.

Or join a participatory project where you can just bring your instrument – or yourself – and join in! Take a free live music lesson, play a song Live From Home, contribute to a Bedroom Studio, sing in the Heart Chant, or join one of this year’s many other featured national projects.

Just want to listen? Check out the schedule of events from around the country, and tune in to the Global Livestream all day on June 21 to experience Make Music Day from around the world, along with the #MySongIsYourSong performances.

(If your hometown is already a Make Music city, you’re in luck! Click on your city’s website to register with them, and see what else is happening near you.)

The Heart Chant

Heart Chant in Chicago, photo by Phillip SolomonsonThe Heart Chant is a participatory “Deep Listening” meditation by composer Pauline Oliveros (1932-2016) that offers sonic healing for all beings through listening and vocalization.

Last year, nearly a dozen Heart Chants took place on three continents for Make Music Day. This year, people everywhere are invited to join in a virtual Heart Chant over Zoom, hosted by IONE, Music on the Rebound, and members of the International Contemporary Ensemble. The simple instructions invite anyone and everyone to participate – no musical training is required!

Click here to register, then tune in live at 5pm ET on Sunday from your phone or computer to be a part of a uniquely powerful collective healing.

Harman and Audio Matters

Harman's Audio Matters podcastHarman has been a crucial supporter of Make Music Day for the last five years, part of their unwavering commitment to music and music education. We thank Harman deeply for their incredible partnership.

This morning, Harman released a special episode of their Audio Matters podcast about Make Music Day, interviewing Aaron Friedman (Make Music Alliance) and Lee Whitmore (GRAMMY Music Education Coalition) about what the day is all about, and how it promotes music education.

And just in time for Make Music Day, Harman also just released a consumer study of the impact music is having right now, during the last few months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Check it out here!

This American Song

We are excited to announce a new, late-breaking Make Music Day initiative called This American Song, capturing the stories and experiences of ordinary people from around the country at this unprecedented time.

Working through our local chapters, and in partnership with the Nashville Songwriters Association International, the Make Music Alliance has lined up fifty people of all ages with a story to tell, one in each of the 50 States, along with fifty professional songwriters in a variety of styles.

On the morning of June 21, each songwriter will video chat with one interviewee for an hour. In the afternoon, they will write a song inspired by their conversation. And that evening, they will do a second video chat with the person and give a live, private performance of the song they’ve just written.

After Make Music Day, videos of all fifty songs will be available on our website, opening a window into American lives and showing the power of music to connect us.

Check out the list of songwriters here!

Stone/Water/Time/Breath

Anyone, anywhere, is invited to perform in Make Music Day’s presentation of Stones/Water/Time/Breath by Dean Rosenthal. These experimental music performances, where music is performed with stones at a body of water, will take place outside, in the world. Performances can be done following local and regional guidelines of safe social distancing, either solo or in small groups. All are welcome to perform, wherever they choose, and performances may take place at any point during the hours of June 21st to participate in Make Music Day. Sign-up here!

Note from the Composer:
This year at Make Music Day, I think Stones/Water/Time/Breath plays a special role, considering that it is piece that will always need to be performed outside. In the time of COVID, as we are slowing getting ourselves back into the world safely, we can join in an open, creative experience at any body of water, in small groups or solo performances to reconnect with performance and nature on our own or with a small group of fellow performers. Stones/Water/Time/Breath is very simple music, performed at any body of water with played with stones. Anyone can play and we hope you join us across the country to perform live again in the world and outside our spaces indoors. This year, we will see performances in Los Angeles, Chicago, Martha’s Vineyard, Woodstock and many other locales and we invite you to join us wherever you are!

The score to the performance is as follows:

Site-specific: outside, by the water, any body of water, like: a pond, the ocean, a lake, a stream, a river

Materials: stones. As many or as few as desired. Maybe they are already there.

Performance:

Arrive, set a start time, start.

Use the stones as elements or implements to make percussive sounds on the water.

Play the water with the stones.

Play singly, together, rhythmically, with solos, tuplets, common rhythms, irregular rhythms, cycles, patterns, with no rhythms.

There can be pauses.

No speaking.

When you feel the piece has ended, end the performance.

For any number of performers.
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For a download of the printed score, more information about the piece’s history, and a list of performances and several available videos, please go to www.stonespiece.com

Audio examples of the music can be found on the recording available on Edition Wandelweiser Records and streamed and/or purchased on Bandcamp or through international distributors.

Make Music City of the Week: Philadelphia

Make Music Philly - Black Lives Matter bannerThe Make Music Alliance raises our voice in support of justice for the African American community. This year, we will amplify Make Music Day events and artists who are part of the historic Black Lives Matter movement.

Make Music Philly, returning after a year of hiatus, will dedicate their Make Music Day events in 2020 to this extremely important cause. They encourage all Make Music Philly participants to tag their performances with #BlackLivesMatter and #NotesOfSolidarity, along with links for fans to donate to racial justice causes.

What are you doing to help Black Lives Matter on Make Music Day? Let us know.