Make Music
Black Hills


Last year, over 800 cities around the world threw citywide music celebrations on June 21st.

It all started 34 years ago in France.

In 1982, Jack Lang and his staff at the Ministry of Culture dreamed up an idea for a new kind of musical holiday. They imagined a day where free music would be everywhere, all around the city: street corners, parks, rooftops, gardens, and store fronts.

And, unlike a typical music festival, anyone and everyone would be invited to join and play music, or host performances. The event would take place on the summer solstice, June 21, and would be called Fête De La Musique. (In French, the name means both “festival of music” and “make music!”)

Amazingly enough, this dream has come true. The Fête has turned into a true national holiday: France shuts down on the summer solstice and musicians take over. Almost 8% of the country (5 million people) have played an instrument or sung in public for the Fête de la Musique, and 53% of the country (35 million people) comes out each year to listen.

Three decades later, the holiday has spread throughout the world and is now celebrated in more than 700 cities in 120 different countries.


Want to play? There’s always room in the band.

We invite musicians, rappers and instrumentalists of all kinds to collaborate on making June 21 a musical masterpiece. Singers, church choirs, jazz combos, rock bands, glee clubs, MCs, marching bands, mariachis, and every other kind of musician, of any age group or skill level, are all welcome.

Register here:

More Artists and Venues will be added as we get closer to June 21st!




Mass Appeal

Main Street Square

2:00 – 3:00 pm RC Ranger Band Drum Line and RC Rush Mascot Nugget will host our Drum Mass Appeal! Free Drumsticks will be given to participating children.

3:00 – 4:00 pm James Van Nuys & Bob Fahey – Harmonica Mass Appeal. 100 harmonicas will be given to children and a free lesson!

4:00 – 5:00 pm Black Hills Ukulele Orchestra will host our Ukulele Mass Appeal. Join in on this free demonstration and receive a free songbook!

Batchelder’s Plummer Piano and Organ

Music, Food Truck and more! Free Guitar books for the kids!

Haggerty’s Music Works

5:00 – 7:00 pm Join in on another Ukulele Mass Appeal and a drum and guitar demonstration. Children will receive a free songbook or a set of drumsticks!



Thank You To Our Sponsors!

“South Dakota Arts Council support is provided with funds from the State of South Dakota, through the Department of Tourism, and the National Endowment for the Arts.” 



Donations can be made through our Fiscal Sponsor’s website:


Hello world!

February 20, 2016

Welcome to Make Music Alliance.




Congratulations to all who took part in this year’s record-setting Make Music Day! More than 4,590 music-making events took place in over 2,200 locations around the U.S. on June 21, along with tens of thousands of musicians in 120 countries around the world who celebrated the day.

2018 was the biggest Make Music Day yet! Read all about it, including new coverage in the Associated PressCBS News, and USA Today!

Make Music Black Hills was featured several times in these national news stories!
2018 – National Coverage
Landmarks to glow orange in celebration of Make Music Day,” Associated Press, June 21, 2018
Everybody’s a musician on Make Music Day,” Associated Press, June 21, 2018
Make Music Day celebrates the musician in everyone,” by David Morgan, CBS News, June 21, 2018
‘This is the Dream’: Jessica Keenan Wynn Makes Film Studio Debut in ‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’,” by Scott Gelman, NBC News, June 22, 2018
Where to celebrate ‘Make Music Day’ across the USA,” by Larry Bleiberg, USA Today, June 15, 2018
Fun, Free Things to Do in June Across the U.S.,” by Harriet Baskas, Travel + Leisure, May 31, 2018
‘Make Music Day’ Plots 4,500 Free Events, Concerts Nationwide,” by Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, April 3, 2018
Make Music Day To Return This Summer With More Than 4,500 Events,” by Mackenzie Cummings-Grady, Billboard, April 4, 2018 

Mark your calendars for next year’s Make Music Day on Friday, June 21, 2019


2018 Rolling Stone

2018 Billboard

2017 Rolling Stone

2017 AP—tuesday-june-21-300250924.html

A free annual festival celebrating music and music-making,” Associated Press, April 23, 2015

On June 21, Celebrate Make Music Day,” Wall Street Journal Live, June 19, 2015

Make Music Day Plots 2,250 Free Concerts Nationwide,” by Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, June 18. 2015

Chad Smith on Make Music Day,” Late Night with Seth Meyers, June 15, 2015

Jazz Lives At Duke Ellington’s Resting Place,” by Anastasia Tsioulcas, NPR Music: Jazz Night in America, July 2, 2015

Your Creative Calendar: 91 Things to Do, See, and Hear This June,” by Joe Berkowitz, Fast Company, June 5, 2015

Sweetwater Takes Make Music Day to the Community,” Making Music Magazine, June 11, 2015


Allied Arts Fund
GiGi Lage, Executive Director
(605) 394-4106