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Make Music Day 2020

Dear friends,

We hope this finds you safe and healthy.

Like all of you, we are grappling with the huge impact COVID-19 is having around the world, and in our daily lives. As we plan for Make Music Day on June 21, 2020, we don’t know if public gatherings will be feasible at that date, or if everyone will be “social distancing” and stuck at home.

Despite this uncertainty, we wanted to let you know that Make Music Day will still be happening on June 21. Unlike traditional music festivals, Make Music Day is an open invitation for everyone to make music anywhere and everywhere. We hope to be taking over the streets with music on June 21, but if we can’t, we invite you to join one of the online Make Music Day initiatives that will take place no matter what.

  • Live From Home Challenge: Record a musical performance at home on June 21, and tag three friends to challenge them to respond with their own performances.
  • Online Music Lessons: Teachers around the world will be offering free, online lessons for a variety of instruments on June 21.
  • Street Studios: Be part of a completely improvised music creation session. Record any sound or musical material on June 21st and upload it to one of the “Street Studio” producers, then watch the producer’s livestream as they incorporate it into a musical track created on the spot, using only the submitted materials.
  • Bands Undercover: Individuals or bands sign up to cover each other’s original music, and live stream their performances to each other in a unique musical exchange on June 21.
  • Young Composers Contest: Composers between the ages of 13-21 are invited to submit short, original compositions for choir by June 1st. A panel of renowned composers will give their feedback on all entries, and will select one winning piece to release on June 21 to the world in a professional performance.
  • Global Livestream: a day-long video stream on June 21 will show the rich diversity of live Make Music Day events around the world.

More details for each of these initiatives will be announced soon. (Do you have other ideas? Just reply to this email and let us know.)

In this time of social distancing, music’s powerful role to bring us together as a community is more important than ever. While physical public gatherings may not be currently accessible, we can still stay connected online and celebrate music.

Of course, we still hope to come out together in public on June 21 — in the coming weeks, look for announcements from your local Make Music Day coordinators with updates. But above all, we are committed to supporting the health and well-being of the public during this challenging time, and will follow the guidance of government health departments to make sure everyone stays safe.


Make Music Alliance (U.S.)
Make Music Day UK
Make Music Australia
Fête de la Musique Deutschland
Confederation of European Music Industries (Italy)

PS: if you are stuck at home in the coming weeks or months, post a video of yourself making music with the tag #makemusicday and we will share it.

PPS: Wash your hands!

Today is Make Music Winter!

Make Music Winter is finally here, taking place in 40 cities around the country. Be sure to check out the events happening near you on the winter solstice, and join in on the conversation with #MakeMusicWinter.

MM Winter Spotlights: New Cities

Litchfield, CT

For Litchfield‘s first Make Music Winter event, Charym Yoga will host a Sound Healing March They are offering 3 free sessions of music and sound healing which will be followed by a community parade and yogi caroling. Participants are encouraged to bring their mats, instruments, and voice to this celebration!

Tucson, AZ

On Saturday, Make Music Winter comes to Tucson with multiple musical opportunities. There will be performances by Flutes for Vets, Native American winter solstice music, a variety of piano and guitar instrumentalists, ukulele tunes, and 15 local youth rock bands. A truly diverse lineup with music to intrigue a variety of interests!

Santa Fe, NM

The Candyman hosts Santa Fe‘s first Make Music Winter celebration from the fire pit on their porch, with free hot cocoa, apple cider, and light fare. All participants will receive a free rhythm shaker to play while singing along with classic Christmas carols led by The Candyman’s music teachers. Warm your hands, heart and voices on The Candyman porch!

40 Cities Celebrating Make Music Winter on Dec. 21!

Make Music Winter – the cold-weather counterpart to Make Music Day – hits a milestone this year with winter events in 40 cities on December 21st, arguably becoming one of the top “40”s in the world (after Days and Nights, Acres and a Mule, WD-, Ounces, and American Top).

See the latest national press release to see how other cities are celebrating, and be a part of the conversation with #MakeMusicWinter.

MM Winter Spotlights: Big Plans

Salem, Oregon

In organizing Make Music Winter for the second time, Make Music Salem has been thoughtful about including people of all ages.

On December 21, in the late afternoon, they will host a parade for families and kids that will burst with sound as participants sing and play bells of all types: hand bells, wind chimes, cowbells, and more.

Later on that day, the solstice celebration will continue at a pub crawl for Salemites aged 21+, with musicians performing at various downtown restaurants and bars.

Montclair, NJ

Montclair‘s third Make Music Winter not only brings music to the streets, but also highlights the community’s fantastic new public art.

The celebration will start in the early afternoon with a winter solstice parade through the Montclair Mural Project. The parade will make stops for musical selections at five murals along their route.

After adding new musicians along the way, the event will end at Cool Cat Music for a free indoor concert.

How To Make Music Winter

Fall is in full swing! If you are thinking about leading a participatory Make Music Winter event on December 21st, now is the time to start planning.

Want to start small? See how Southlake TX’s MusicMaker Arts Center coordinated “Bell by Bell” last year in a local market, for about 40 people to make music together.

Thinking a bit bigger? Crystal Lake IL’s Piano Trends Music organized a caroling parade ending in the city’s historic theater in 2018, and are building on their success with a ukulele camp and more for local singers this year.

Looking to do something unique? Land O’ Lakes WI has announced a “Music on Ice” program where people will play harmonicas, maracas, and tambourines — while ice skating!

And to further spark your imagination, check out our handbooks explaining how to lead an Electric Guitar Parade, Pilgrimage, Flatfoot Flatbush, Bell By Bell, and Winterize.

We would love to hear what you are doing! Please email about your plans, so we can begin supporting your events and spreading the word.

(PS — No, you do not need to live in a “Lake” city in order to participate.)

Dec. 21: Make Music Winter returns!

Make Music Winter – the cold-weather counterpart to Make Music Day – is coming back on Saturday, December 21!

Last year, our winter solstice celebration brought together people of all ages, musical abilities and genres to sing, play, march and dance in participatory events across 25 U.S. cities. From quiet ukulele parades to rowdy musical pub crawls, Make Music Winter offered dozens of joyful ways to ring in the longest night of the year.

Come out and join us again in 2019!

Create your own free, participatory Make Music Winter event!

  • If you’re interested in leading an event for Make Music Winter, just fill out this form. We will get back to you right away.
  • For more ideas of what Make Music Winter can look like, visit for photos, videos, and press coverage from last year.
  • Check out our handbooks describing five of New York’s most popular Make Music Winter projects. Take these ideas and run with them in your own city, or use them as inspiration for something new!

Make Music Day – thank you!

Congratulations to all who took part in last Friday’s record-setting Make Music Day! More than 5,100 music-making events took place around the U.S. on June 21, along with tens of thousands of musicians in 120 countries around the world who celebrated the day.

2019 was the biggest Make Music Day yet! Read all about it on our press page, including new coverage in the Associated Press, Travel + Leisure, and

And check out the footage from our international livestream on June 21st, with 12 hours of live performances from Hong Kong, Sydney, London, Argentina, France, Germany, the U.S., and so much more.

Finally, mark your calendar for Make Music Winter on Saturday, December 21, 2019, and the next Make Music Day on Sunday, June 21, 2020!

NAMM and the Make Music Experience

Make Music Day’s growth would never have been possible without the leadership support of NAMM and the NAMM Foundation, which advances active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs.

We cannot thank them enough.
NAMM is famous for its two annual, members-only music conventions in Anaheim CA and Nashville TN. This year, Summer NAMM will open its doors to the public on July 20th for the aptly named Make Music Experience at Music City Center in Nashville TN: an all-day, all-access event for music enthusiasts to demo the latest music and pro audio gear from top manufacturers. Enjoy career-enhancing education sessions, demo products and enjoy fun, interactive events and performances!

Purchase your Make Music Experience passes here!

Press Previews for Make Music Day

Selected National Coverage…

"Ready to Start Making Music? You Can Join the Jam on 'Make Music Day'," by Laura B. Whitmore, Parade Magazine, June 20, 2019
"June 2019: A taste of what's happening around the world this month," Delta Sky Magazine, June 2019
"Make Music New York," by Jay Ruttenberg, The New Yorker, June 19, 2019 "Festivals worth traveling to this summer," by Harriet Baskas, CNBC, May 12, 2019
"'Make Music Day' 2019 Details Free Events, Concerts Nationwide," by Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, March 29, 2019
"Music & Arts Announces Make Music Festivities," by Brian Berk, The Retailers, May 13, 2019
"International Make Music Day Returns in June For Its 21st Year of Interactive Events," by Ana Yglesias, Recording Academy Grammy Awards, March 29, 2019

… and ten stand-out local previews:

  1. Bethlehem, NH: "Bethlehem becomes part of a national effort to bring free music to all"
  2. Chattanooga, TN: "All styles for all ages: Make Music Chattanooga features dozens of performers"
  3. Chicago, IL: "Preview: Make Music Chicago Celebrates the Solstice on Friday"
  4. Columbia, SC: "One Columbia Readies Fifth Year of Make Music Day, Sticking to Event's Core Ethos"
  5. Connecticut: "Make Music Day to ring in summer with hundreds of live, free concerts on the streets of Connecticut"
  6. Durham, NC: "What's going on this week? Here are 13 of our Best Bets"
  7. Milwaukee, WI: "5 Acts to See When Make Music Returns to Milwaukee"
  8. Provo, UT: "For more than 60 years, Bill Harris ran a music store in Provo. Here’s how his 27-year-old grandson is continuing his legacy"
  9. Portland, ME: "Organizers gearing up for Make Music Portland's 7th year"
  10. Worcester, MA: "International Make Music Day welcomes summer Friday across Worcester"

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