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Street Studio Cities

For the past four years on June 21st, small mobile recording studios have magically appeared on sidewalks in cities across the world.

These Street Studio Cities, organized with Found Sound Nation, bring world-class DJs and producers onto the streets for Make Music Day. Thanks to Harman, the official sound of Make Music Day Street Studios, producers will set up tables with AKG mics, JBL speakers, and a variety of instruments in ten international cities – including Budapest, Munich, Querétero, and Moscow – and invite passersby to join in a completely improvised music creation session. At the end of the day, each producer will mix down one track, using only the material recorded on-site, to share the sounds of their city with the world.

Are you a producer? We invite you to bring your gear outside on Make Music Day, and add your city to the mix! For more details, download Found Sound Nation’s Street Studio Field Guide (pdf), then send us an email if you are interested.

How to Make Make Music Day Yours

Are you leading a Make Music Day event, but not sure what to do or how to get the word out?

Fear not – we have extensive materials that are ready for you to download and use, including a toolkit (updated for 2019) with event ideas and sample press releases, logos, pre-made digital assets, photos, videos and more.

It’s all in the Media Resources section of our website. Feel free to use any and all!

And if you are in a city with a local Make Music chapter, you are in luck – once you’ve made plans on your city’s matchmaking site, your local chapter will be your promotional partner.

(Having trouble with the matchmaking site? Try logging back in and going through your profile to make sure it is complete!)

Global Streaming Video

On June 21, music rings out simultaneously across more than 120 countries. Whether you are beneath a skyscraper in Beijing or along the shore of a small Greek fishing village, you will find people making music.

This year, the Make Music Alliance is organizing a day-long video stream on June 21 showing the rich diversity of live Make Music Day events around the world. Dozens of cultural institutions are setting up public projections, showing musical events live from Argentina, Australia, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Nigeria, the United Kingdom, the United States, and more.

Visit our live streaming page for more details, and then sign up to host a public screening or to add your music to the stream!

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!