Make Music
Washington DC

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Make Music Day is a global celebration of music that takes place each year on June 21st. Launched in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique, it is now held in more than 700 cities in 120 countries. On June 21st 2016, Make Music Day made its debut in Washington, DC and hosted its third annual celebration in 2018.

Musicians of all genres, skill levels, and ages are urged to share their talents. Virtually any venue can participate. Registration is free, easy and commitment-free.

Completely different from a typical music festival, Make Music Day 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 events are free and open to the public.


We welcome musicians from all genres, cultures and ability to share your creativity with the citizens and visitors of Washington, DC. We also invite restaurants, retail stores, churches and schools to open their doors to music on June 21st.

As an artist: We welcome all artists to join us. Submit your artist/band info and request a performance location of your choice. The venue will confirm your slot based on the genre and scheduling.

Participate as an Artist

As a venue: Make Music Day performances should be held outside (whenever possible) and are free to all. Artists submit requests via the website and you can accept the types of artists/bands that you feel fit your location best.

Participate as a Venue

2019 Listings: Friday, June 21st



Become a volunteer!

Make Music Day is free for the city of Washington DC, so we rely heavily on volunteers to keep things running smoothly. That means we need your help on June 21st! If you’re available on this day and would like to help us, please let us know. Here are just some of the things that you might be doing throughout the day:

  • Tell passersby about Make Music DC and answer any questions audience and participators may have
  • Take photos of your stationed event
  • Help keep our performers happy
  • Help with setup and breakdown between artists
  • Help run sound

Our commitment to sponsors

We value our partnership with our sponsors and will strive to serve as good stewards of the generous gifts by delivering valuable benefits and a positive partnership experience. With your support, you are helping to make music accessible to everyone in our community.

If you are interested in a sponsorship opportunity with Make Music DC, please email us at





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Make Music Day DC 2018

May 7, 2018

Welcome!  With under 45 days to go until our day of events, we are excited with anticipation of filling our city with musicians everywhere.  We have great “matchmaking” software to help venues and musicians connect.  We are reaching out to local businesses and shops to host solo musicians and bands, and we are also reachingContinue Reading »

Global Jam 4 Peace | Event Details and Resources

May 27, 2017

Join us for the 2017 Global Jam 4 Peace on June 21st. In conjunction with Make Music Day, Washington DC will play host to the first Global Jam 4 Peace event. Join us as musicians from all walks of life, and all ages, unite together to play the Peace Anthem “Set Me Free”. Bring an instrument, orContinue Reading »

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National Press Coverage | 2017

Make Music Day 2017 in Tenleytown, Fox5 News, 6/21/17

June 21 Live Music, Cultural Tourism DC, 6/20/17

The Global Jam 4 Peace is uniting the world in love and peace through the universal language of music on Make Music Day, June 21st!

Iconic Buildings And Landmarks Across The U.S. To Shine Orange For Make Music Day — Niagara Falls, Prudential Plaza and the Capital Wheel among Locations to Celebrate Make Music Day, PR Newswire, 6/15/17


‘Make Music Day’ Plans 4,000 Free Concerts Nationwide, Rolling Stone, 4/13/17

Make Music Day festival is coming to dozens of US cities, AP News, 4/13/17

Make Music Day 2017 Returns on Wednesday, June 21, PR Newswire, 4/13/17

Make Music Day is Coming: How to get your Family Involved, The Tennessee Tribune, 5/21/17


Local and National Coverage | 2016

Make Music Day at Middle C Music, 6/25/16

Make Music Day in Tenleytown, Evensi, 6/21/16

Make Music Day in DC: Craig Donovan Performing at The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW), 6/21/16

Make Music Day 2016 To Be Celebrated In 38+ U.S. Cities On June 21, Bringing Millions Of People Together To Make And Enjoy Music, PR Newswire, 6/20/16

Make Music Day 2016 Announces Full Schedule, PR Newsire, 6/1/16

Make Music Washington, DC Debuts on June 21st, 2016, Webwire, 4/13/16

Announcing Make Music Day 2016 – Tuesday, June 21, PR Newswire, 4/13/16

Make Music Day DC

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.


June 21, 2018


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