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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.


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!

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

For the second year, dozens of iconic buildings and landmarks around the country will turn orange in honor of Make Music Day!

Eight bridges, four City Halls, and new landmarks including Chicago’s Navy Pier, Philadelphia’s Liberty Place, and Long Beach’s Convention Center will all participate by turning orange – evoking the sun, the start of summer, and the Make Music Day logo – on June 21 or the evening before.

Click here for the complete list!

Making Music at the M

Another unusual landmark joins Make Music Day this year in the small Wisconsin town of Platteville.

At June 21 on the Platte Mount M — the largest letter “M” in the world — bucket drummers, a drum circle, and junkyard percussion ensembles will play on each of the M’s 266 whitewashed granite steps, directed by Nancy Fairchild, the founder of Make Music Platteville. Everyone is invited and the local public library is even sponsoring a “make and take time” where children can make a percussion instrument to bring to the event!

See Platteville’s full program on their website.

Nationwide Bucket Drumming

It’s not just Platteville. People in cities around the country will come outside next week on Make Music Day for special bucket drumming workshops.

In 27 cities, all percussionists who attend – kids and adults, professionals and first-timers – will be handed a pair of drum sticks generously donated by Vic Firth and invited to make music together. The events will range from structured classes to free-flowing bucket drumming circles, according to the concept of each local organizer.

Explore the bucket drumming events!