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Washington DC DMV

Make Music Day 2020

Virtual Video Wall project
For Make Music Day this year, we are asking for every musician within the region to post a video of themselves playing to a virtual video wall. Can we count on you?  No contest. No Games. Just Music. Now, more than ever, music is the answer everyone can hear. We ask that you upload a video anytime before Sunday, June 21st and we will organize everyone to SHARE your VIDEO at the same time on that day. We can make an “inclosion” (soon to be in Urban Dictionary as an explosive inclusion).

This project is open to everyone who makes music. There is no other requirement except the will and chill it takes to post a video of your being musical before June 21 (Make Music Day). We can accept YouTube links or Vimeo links. The entrant is solely responsible for assuring that the link to their song works.

We invite you to send us your video today.  If you have any questions about the StreamCatcher projects or would like to support projects like this, please email streamcatcher@saw.org.

Read more about the virtual wall and post your video HERE.

Virtual Community Day
It’s a whole weekend of celebrating music in the DMV and we want you to be a part of it! Next Saturday (June 20) is all about how-to’s…how to write a song, how to perform it and get noticed, how to play tasty leads, how balance between art and craft, how to prepare for a recording session, how to work with your sound engineer, and more workshops and song circles. All online and all but two events are free.

We have a full day of workshops, sing-alongs, song circles, song critiques. Plus recording, singing, and performing demonstrations. Pro advice from industry leaders. With a few celebrities from the LA music scene to boot! All online.

With Celebrity teachers like: Jason Orme  (Alanis Morrisette’s guitarist), Ben Peeler  (virtuoso Founding member of The Mavericks). Songwriting with Louise Goffin. The daughter of Carol King and Gerry Goffin has an ear for music and can turn a phrase in equal measure. She will be talking about songwriting to at least 20 lucky registrants. Click on the links below for more information and to register:

Songwriting with Louise Goffin
– Follow My Lead: Ben Peeler and Jason Orme
– Song Performance Workshop with Lynn Veronneau
– Art vs Craft with rob Hinkal
– Rise Up Singing Song Circle
– First Impressions panel with Ron Goad
– Manage This! With Tom Carrico
– Songwriting: From the Starting Gate to the Finish Line
– Chord Grammar with Matt Holsen
– Uke Workshop with Glen Hirabayashi
– More Me in the Monitor
– Song Circle with Dan Mack
– Song Circle with Diana Quinn and Lisa Ann Wright
– Mixing with the Pros @ Omega
Maximize your Studio Experience with Dave Mallen of Innovation Station Music

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About

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 fourth annual celebration in 2019.

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.

 

Participate

Make Music Day is going virtual this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Typically featuring over 5,000 free outdoor concerts, performances, music lessons, jam sessions and other musical events on streets, sidewalks, parks and other public spaces across the U.S., this year’s celebration will take a virtual approach to encourage all people, of all musical abilities, to celebrate the joy of making music. We welcome musicians from all genres, cultures and ability to share your creativity through our online projects with the citizens and visitors of Washington, DC and with the world.

As an artist: We welcome all artists to join us. Submit up to 3 of your videos to our virtual video wall and join us in sharing the wall on Make Music Day. More information about the Virtual Wall and how to add your videos. Sign up for one or more of our online events offered on Saturday (SAW’s Virtual Community Day). We have a full day of workshops, sing-alongs, song circles, song critiques. Plus recording, singing, and performing demonstrations. Pro advice from industry leaders. With a few celebrities from the LA music scene to boot! All online. More info about online event offerings and how to register HERE.

Participate as an Artist

As a venue/music fan: Even though this year you won’t be able to attend live performances as part of Make Music Day, we are still all about celebrating music and musicians of all kinds and all about free. Please visit our Virtual Video wall to listen to videos and check out new and your favorite artists. Share the wall with your friends and family.

Participate as a Venue

Support

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 washington@makemusicday.org.

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THANK YOU TO OUR CURRENT AND PREVIOUS SPONSORS AND MAJOR SUPPORTERS!

 

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We’re building a wall to let everyone in

June 5, 2020

For Make Music Day, we (SAW, the Songwriters’ Association of Washington) are asking for every musician within the region to post a video of themselves playing to a virtual video wall. Can we count on you?  No contest. No Games. Just Music. Now, more than ever, music is the answer everyone can hear. We ask thatContinue Reading »

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 »

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Press

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

GLOBAL JAM 4 PEACE – NATIONAL SYLVAN THEATRE STAGE AT THE WASHINGTON MONUMENT — AND ANYWHERE AROUND THE WORLD!, eJazz News, 6/14/17

‘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

For Make Music Day, we are asking for every musician within the region to post a video of themselves playing to a virtual video wall. Can we count on you?  No contest. No Games. Just Music. Now, more than ever, music is the answer everyone can hear. We ask that you upload a video anytime before Sunday, June 21st and we will organize everyone to SHARE your VIDEO at the same time on that day. We can make an “inclosion” (soon to be in Urban Dictionary as an explosive inclusion).

Here’s how THE VIDEO WALL works:

  1. So we can coordinate with you, register for an account on StreamCatcher
  2. Submit up to 3 videos of your music.
  3. We will add your video to the wall with the info you provide
  4. Check out the other videos and please share the video wall liberally and often,
  5. On 6/21, when all over the world people will be celebrating from isolation but in concert. We will mail instructions to everyone we can to coordinate “flash mobs” of music as we share your work and make the internet all about music and you.

Other info:
This project is open to everyone who makes music. There is no other requirement except the will and chill it takes to post a video of your being musical before June 21 (Make Music Day). We can accept YouTube links or Vimeo links. The entrant is solely responsible for assuring that the link to their song works.

We invite you to send us your video today.  If you have any questions about the StreamCatcher projects or would like to support projects like this, please email streamcatcher@saw.org.

Community Day 2020: Coming Saturday, June 20 to a computer (very) near you!

SAW will host the first ever Virtual Community Day on Saturday, June 20th. We have a full day of workshops, sing-alongs, song circles, song critiques. Plus recording, singing, and performing demonstrations. Pro advice from industry leaders. With a few celebrities from the LA music scene to boot! All online.

With Celebrity teachers like: Jason Orme  (Alanis Morrisette’s guitarist), Ben Peeler  (virtuoso Founding member of The Mavericks). Songwriting with Louise Goffin. The daughter of Carol King and Gerry Goffin has an ear for music and can turn a phrase in equal measure. She will be talking about songwriting to at least 20 lucky registrants. Click on the links below for more info and to register.

– Songwriting with Louise Goffin
– Follow My Lead: Ben Peeler and Jason Orme
– Song Performance Workshop with Lynn Veronneau
– Art vs Craft with rob Hinkal
– Rise Up Singing Song Circle
– First Impressions panel with Ron Goad
– Manage This! With Tom Carrico
– Songwriting: From the Starting Gate to the Finish Line
– Chord Grammar with Matt Holsen
– Uke Workshop with Glen Hirabayashi
– More Me in the Monitor
– Song Circle with Dan Mack
– Song Circle with Diana Quinn and Lisa Ann Wright
– Mixing with the Pros @ Omega
 Maximize your Studio Experience with Dave Mallen of Innovation Station Music

Contact

Have questions or comments? We’re here to help!

Feel free to contact us at:

washington@makemusicday.org