Make Music


Make Music Cleveland is an all day celebration of music! In 2018, the event returns to our city for the third year. From rock & roll to reggae, hip-hop to opera, musicians of all ages and playing abilities put on hundreds of free concerts, jam sessions, and other exciting events in public spaces throughout the city of Cleveland, Cuyahoga, and Lorain counties. All are welcome to participate- no experience necessary! Become part of a diverse community of musicians and join us in filling the streets and neighborhoods with music.

Make Music Cleveland is based on France’s Fête de la Musique, a national musical holiday inaugurated in 1982. The festival has become an international phenomenon celebrated in more than 800 cities in 110 countries, including Germany, Italy, Egypt, Syria, Morocco, Australia, Vietnam, Congo, Cameroon, Fiji, Colombia, Chile, Nepal, and Japan.



All Instruments • All Genres • All Levels • All Ages • All FREE

Registration is now open! Sign up to participate at

Make Music Cleveland is a celebration for everyone- from kazoos to the Cleveland Orchestra.

We’re looking for artists to perform, venues to host, and volunteers to help make this the best celebration of musical culture ever. If you know a great band, a good location, or have friends who would want to lend a hand, please send them this way!

Who qualifies as an artist for Make Music Cleveland? You guessed it: everyone! At the heart of Make Music Cleveland is the desire to create safe spaces for anyone to share in the fun than can be had when people make music together. Artists of all ages, abilities and genres are encouraged to participate. Whether it’s your cousin who plays the tuba, your neighbor’s garage band, your school’s drum line, your church choir, or your favorite DJ, anyone and everyone can join the music-making that is taking place around the world on June 21st.

Make Music Cleveland can be anywhere – from the illustrious concert halls, to the sidewalks, to an open space of a small business, to your own backyard! Any nook and cranny can be transformed into an unexpected, fun venue for live music! If you think you would make a good spot for some free, live music – whether you’re a restaurant, a storefront, or just have a spacious front garden – sign up your space by June 1st to allow artists to choose to play your space. With our matchmaking software, artists can request to play in your space, or you can search the Artist listings to make your own match…then invite your friends!

Make sure to tell your friends so they may see you perform or play with you!




Make Music Cleveland needs your support in all kinds of ways!  We are currently looking for volunteers and sponsors, as well as donations for the 2018 event.

All contributions to Make Music Cleveland are 100% tax deductible. Contributions to Make Music Cleveland can be made online here or via mail to the address below. Please make checks payable to “SMI-Credo” and note “Make Music Cleveland” in the subject line.

Make Music Cleveland
65 E College St #7
Oberlin, OH 44074

Make Music Cleveland is presented by SMI-Credo Music, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Every Make Music Cleveland event is free and open to the public, thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and supporters.

Many thanks to the individuals and businesses below that have supported Make Music Cleveland in 2016 and 2017!

Lead Underwriting Sponsor:
Credo Music

Silver Sponsor:
Ageleke and Lee Zapis

Ohio Arts Council

Bronze Sponsor:
Huntington Bank

Christ Church of Oberlin

Cohen & Company

Malibu Broadcasting

Taft Stettinius & Hollister

In-Kind Sponsorship:
Ads in Motion Outdoor

The Bop Stop at the Music Settlement

Cleveland Clinic

Conn-Selmer, Inc.

Lakewood Baptist Church

Metro Health System

Oberlin Conservatory of Music

University Hospitals


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Additional Information:

Performers, venues, and volunteers are all welcome sign up on the website (, which also includes an up-to-date list of current participants and locations. Specific performances times will be posted on the website.

About Credo Music:

Credo develops young musicians – musically, personally and spiritually – to prepare them for lives of music and service.


About the Make Music Alliance:

Make Music is a free celebration of music around the world on June 21st. Launched in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique, it is now held on the same day in more than 700 cities in 120 countries.

Completely different from a typical music festival, Make Music is open to anyone who wants to take part. Every kind of musician — young and old, amateur and professional, of every musical persuasion — pours onto streets, parks, plazas, and porches to share their music with friends, neighbors, and strangers. All of it is free and open to the public.

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Everyone is talking about Make Music Cleveland!

CBS Sports: Indians take part in Make Music Day

This is Cleveland: Calendar Listing

Credo Music Announcement

Instagram Account: makemusiccleveland




65 E College St #7
Oberlin, OH 44074