Make Music


Big news! The Make Music Alliance has confirmed that the Terminal Tower will light up in orange on June 21 in honor of Make Music Day. Keep your eye out this summer – and of course join us for the Make Music celebration!

Make Music Cleveland is an all day celebration of music! In 2017, the event returns to our city for the second 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.

Key locations for Make Music Cleveland 2017 include:

Public Square, Cleveland Clinic, Severance Hall, The Bop Stop, MetroHealth Medical Center, Toast Cleveland, and many more!  To view details on these events, visit the Listings page and click on “Artists” or “Locations” (below the 2017 Listings Title).



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

2017 participants! 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!


2017 Listings: Wednesday, June 21st



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 2017 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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Big news!

The Make Music Alliance has confirmed that the Terminal Tower will light up in orange on June 21 in honor of Make Music Day. Keep your eye out this summer – and of course join us for the Make Music celebration!




Make Music Day Returns to Cleveland on June 21

Oberlin, OH – On June 21, 2017, the Summer solstice, the Make Music celebration will be held in 800 cities across 110 countries, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Boston. Make Music Day will return to Cleveland for its second year to bring music from morning to night all across the city and throughout Lorain and Cuyahoga counties. The Make Music movement is inclusive – anyone can participate and it is free and open to the public. Credo Music, the event’s organizing agency, engages community members, from street musicians to The Cleveland Orchestra, from coffee shops to concert halls, to facilitate transformational experiences for everyone involved.

Make Music Cleveland’s mission is to celebrate the city’s reputation as a destination for musical excellence and to foster community spirit through shared passion for personal expression. In its inaugural season, the event hosted over 200 performers in 75 different venues, reaching over 20,000 audience members. Credo’s goal for this year’s event is to expand its geographical and cultural reach to multiply and diversify the number of participants, venues, and audience members – to build relationships, unite groups across borders, and share the gift of music. Credo is currently seeking event sponsors and volunteers. Any musician, amateur or professional, young or old, is invited to take part by signing up at or by emailing; registration closes on June 1. Likewise, businesses, buildings, schools, churches, and other institutions can visit the website to offer their outdoor spaces as concert locations.

The national Make Music Day Alliance chose Credo Music to organize Make Music Day Cleveland. Credo is a world-recognized and expanding program of intensive classical music instruction that brings together the world’s leading artist-teachers and talented students from five continents in an atmosphere of personal mentorship and community service. Credo’s flagship program is its three-week summer course of string and piano chamber music, hosted at the renowned Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Credo also presents programs and mission-related activity in a growing array of locations including Chicago, Los Angeles, Texas, and Sydney, Australia.

For more event information and how to get involved, please visit To learn more about Credo, visit


2016 Press

Make Music Cleveland Picks Up Speed

Make Music Cleveland Gaining Momentum

On June 21, experienced and amateur musicians will participate in a free, daylong celebration of music

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—This is Make Music Cleveland’s inaugural year, and to date, 50 artists have already signed up to share their music. That’s a number to be proud of.

The free, all-day event will take place on June 21 in coffee shops, churches, public parks, hospitals, music shops, and more in Cleveland and its surrounding counties. Check out the full concert listings and schedule here. There’s still plenty of time to sign up and take part in the festivities either as a performer, venue, or volunteer.

The Make Music Day Alliance and the NAMM foundation are the national sponsors of this mellifluous holiday, which since its origin in France in 1982 has spread to over 800 cities in 120 countries. The U.S. joined in the music-making nine years ago with Make Music New York, and in Cleveland, CREDO Music has partnered with The Cleveland Orchestra, the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and the Music Settlement to bring Make Music to fruition.

Credo’s Artistic Director, Peter Slowik, said that he is delighted with the strength of the community’s response thus far.

“We’ve got a lot of talented players participating, and some that will experience the joy of shared music-making for the first time,” he said. “Come one, come all, we want Make Music Cleveland to touch as many lives as possible, and there’s still time to join the charge.”

Slowik first began working on Make Music Cleveland almost two years ago. Since then, impetus for the celebration has grown exponentially. More than 40 venues have signed on, including the Metro Health System, University Hospitals, the Bop Stop, Skyline Music, 5th Street Arcades, Toast, Edgewater Park, and more. Dozens of individuals and ensembles have confirmed their participation, such as the Oberlin Percussion Group, viola da gamba soloist David Ellis, Chris Allen and the Guilty Hearts, clarinetist Myron Walker, Poor Ornry Sinners, A Most Happy Interval, and many others.

Hannah Santisi, program director for Make Music Cleveland, is also excited about the community’s response.

“Cleveland is a destination of musical excellence, and we’re excited to see how Make Music day can bring different individuals and communities together,” she said.

Make Music Cleveland has been featured on, Cleveland Scene magazine, and the On Thursday, WCLV (104.9) will interview CREDO alumna Maria Beltavski about this opportunity. And Slowik remains eager to get the word out. With one week remaining, he said he expects to see plenty of new participants signing up to share in the festivities.

“Anyone can perform, anyone can listen — it’s going to be an amazing day,” he said. “It’s a historic beginning.”

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 is dedicated to combining high-level musical training with Christian mentorship and the opportunity for outreach and service to others.

Credo’s commitment to developing the next generation of musical leaders, in the context of integrated music study, service, and faith, empowers its students to be more productive members of their communities, their musical ensembles, and their families.


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

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65 E College St #7
Oberlin, OH 44074