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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.