Make Music


The City Organizers for Cincinnati’s second annual city-wide Make Music Day are Buddy Roger’s Music! It is our mission to support music in the community! Check out the Match Making site and either find a performer for your venue or find a venue for you to perform. Contact Buddy Roger’s Music with questions about where to perform or how to host a performer.

What is Make Music Cincinnati?

Make Music Cincinnati is part of Make Music Day, the global music celebration happening in over 1,000+ international cities.  It’s a free, citywide, outdoor day of music held annually on the summer solstice, June 21. Make Music Cincinnati turns the city into a stage welcoming a full spectrum of performers. Initiated in 2018 as Cincinnati’s entry into the international summer solstice music celebration, we join hundreds of millions of people all over the world for Make Music Day. 

Make Music Cincinnati is presented by the support of Buddy Roger’s Music, Cincinnati Arts Association, Artswave, and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. 

In 2019 our celebration takes place on a Friday. Coffee shops, restaurants, front porches, and businesses all over Cincinnati will fill their locations with song. Lunch patrons may find themselves serenaded by a middle school string quartet. And after 5, the city will ring with music.

Make Music Cincinnati is:

  • Performed by Anyone, Enjoyed by Everyone.
  • A way for all Cincinnatians to celebrate the summer solstice, enjoying the longest day of the year, while sampling a buffet of musical merriment.
  • A DIY city-wide celebration when almost any way to make music can and will happen.  
  • Make Music Madison is open to music makers of all ages, skill levels, and musical persuasions.

When and where will Make Music Cincinnati take place?

The next Make Music Cincinnati will take place on the summer solstice, Friday, June 21, 2019 at over 100 locations across Cincinnati.

Who is Make Music Cincinnati?

Make Music Cincinnati is Performed by Anyone, Enjoyed by Everyone, and takes a dedicated team of volunteers to bring it all together. We have a small board comprised primarily of group leads for larger teams of volunteers who focus on venues, musicians, matchmaking, mass appeal events, technology, publicity, and fundraising. 

Current board members include Hayley Voorhees (chair) and Brandon Voorhees (co-chair).  We also have a committee of connected individuals in the city that are tasked with creating buzz around the city. Beyond this we have a talented and growing volunteer team of planners. To join our merry crew, email us at




Before registering as a musician or venue, please take a look at our FAQ on the ABOUT page. RETURNING MUSICIANS AND VENUES: Welcome back and continue reading on. Our developers recently updated the matchmaking system.  If you have an account from 2018, you’ll need to reset your password with three quick steps: 1. On the login page, use the same email and password (or a made-up password if you forgot) 2. Click LOGIN (this step triggers the reset on your account) 3. Click FORGOT YOUR PASSWORD and follow the instructions from there.

If you were not registered in 2018 but played in previous years, please re-register your information by clicking the register button in the upper right corner of the log-in page.


Email if you have trouble logging in.


Monday, April 1st – Venue registration opens

Monday, April 8th – Musician registration opens

Saturday, June 15th – Final day for new registrations

Wednesday, June 19th – Final day to book your shows

Make Music Cincinnati is a citywide, street level music making celebration. There is a role for everyone and every organization in this DIY celebration – musicians, social media makers, businesses, restaurants, bars, neighborhood organizations, and non-profits. If you have an idea about how to add to the Make Music Cincinnati merriment, and you have the time and skills to make your vision happen, we want to hear from you. Email us and we’ll hook you into the planning team.


Host a MASS APPEAL audience participation event


Got something share with a crowd?  From jam sessions to DJ lessons, samba workshops to a pop-up back-up band. Get in touch at  

When we say, Performed by Anyone, Enjoyed by Everyone, we really mean it. And for 2019 we’re putting together a number of special events to draw even greater numbers of musicians and appreciators into the fun. You’ll be able to join in on mass appeal shows designed to bring together dozens — no, hundreds — of artists to perform pre-selected pieces together.  

Venues all over town hosted 2018 Mass Appeals which offered many chances for audience members participation including breakdancing, a public piano at, jam sessions, sing alongs and kids’ open mic!  



2019 Listings: Friday, June 21st



Make Music Cincinnati is a volunteer-organized event and thrives on the support of our community.

What does it cost and where does the money go?  Our budget for bringing hundreds of concerts to venues across Cincinnati in one day is less, we like to say, than the cost of installing a traffic light. Far less.

The work of small army of volunteers makes it possible to pull this off on such a limited budget, but unavoidable costs remain, including: publicity and advertising that are critical to the success of the event, software development for the matchmaking system, a part-time managing director to coordinate the many volunteers and handle the administrative aspects of the event, and many smaller items such as insurance and event permitting.

Help cover these costs, and be part of bringing the musical merriment to the summer solstice!

To donate to the cause, contact us at:


Our partners benefit from co-marketing with an event that has become a summer highlight, and receive extensive exposure through print and radio advertising, prominent placement on a highly trafficked website and mobile app, and on posters and banners at more than 100 venues. When the Solstice rolls around, we are everywhere.

To learn more about sponsoring this event, please contact us at



Get in touch with city organizers for Cincinnati, at