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 will continue this tradition in 2017.

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.

2016 Listings: Tuesday, June 21st



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


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 a donation, you are helping to make music accessible to everyone in our community.

If you would like to be a sponsor of Make Music DC, please email us at



Global Jam 4 Peace | Event Details and Resources

February 8, 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 an Anthem of Peace: “Set Me Free”. Bring anContinue Reading »


June 19, 2016

Stones/Water/Time/Breath Dean Rosenthal’s “Stones/Water/Time/Breath” will be performed in Washington D.C. along with nine other cities on Make Music Day this year. In Takoma Park we’ll be at Sligo Creek, at the intersection of Sligo Creek Parkway and Kennebec Avenue. The public is encouraged to join us for this beautiful and meditative piece using stones and water.Continue Reading »


June 7, 2016

Tenleytown Makes Music on June 21st Come to Tenleytown on the solstice and enjoy music on the longest day of the year at the highest point in the city! Home to the legendary decades-old summer concert series at Ft Reno, DC’s quirky hilltop enclave embraces tree-lined historic neighborhoods and modern condos, locally-owned destination shopping thrivingContinue Reading »




Previous Coverage | 2016

B&B Music Lessons owners Brad and Bhagwan share their thoughts about Make Music Day 2016 on WUSA TV.

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

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 at Middle C Music“, 6/25/16


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