Make Music


What is Make Music Hartford?

Make Music Hartford is a part of the international Make Music Day movement which brings free, community-wide, outdoor musical celebrations to hundreds of cities worldwide! Every year, the celebration is held on June 21, the summer solstice, in more than 800 communities around the world.   

Make Music Hartford will feature musicians of all abilities and music from any genre. Sidewalks, parks, front porches, and public spaces throughout the city will become stages for local musicians to perform and for all to enjoy. Everyone is invited to participate in this international day of music by performing, providing an outdoor space, appreciating, or volunteering. It’s all for the love of music! 

Make Music Hartford is brought to you by the Greater Hartford Arts Council as part of our mission to inspire all people to participate and invest in the arts.


SAVE THE DATE: June 21, 2019

Make Music Hartford returns to bring more music and fun to the Greater Hartford community in 2019!

Registration for musicians and venues will open on Friday, March 1, 2019. Whether you’re in a band, a solo artist, a child, a senior, a student, a drummer or an accordion player, there’s room for you in Make Music Hartford.

Thank you to everyone who participated in 2018 for the inaugural year of Make Music Hartford! We had over 80 free musical events across the city of Hartford on June 21, 2018. That included over 200 free music lessons and 225 free instruments distributed to the community. We can’t wait to make music with everyone in 2019! Stay tuned!


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Your support makes programs like Make Music Hartford possible. Discover branding opportunities for your company and help us provide free music to the Greater Hartford region. 
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Make Music Hartford is a program of the Greater Hartford Arts Council, a non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire all people to participate and invest in the arts. Help us make events like Make Music Hartford possible through a tax deductible donation!
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Volunteers Needed!

Volunteers are a critical part of Make Music Hartford. Here’s how you can be a part of the action:

  • Street Team: Help us amplify the message of Make Music Hartford by becoming a Street Team Ambassador! We’ll be tabling at community events in the weeks leading up to the big day, delivering promotional material to venues and restaurants, engaging audiences throughout the event, and of course, sharing on social media.
  • Neighborhood Music Hub Management: Be the go-to person for bands as they arrive, keeping performance schedules on track, and working with sound engineers to help music be heard throughout the city.
  • Press Corps: Take part in documenting what will be a historic day in Hartford – join our squad of photographers and videographers! You will be required to use your own camera and editing software.
  • General volunteers are needed too! We’ll need help with setting up tents, tables, chairs, handing out free instruments, assisting Press Corps with photo releases, and clean-up.

Sign up to Volunteer!



Special thanks to the volunteer photographers who helped capture Make Music Hartford in photos and videos: 

  • Andres Calixto
  • Dwight Hatch
  • Evan Thomas
  • Haley Comstock
  • Heather Martin
  • Joseph Engberg
  • Steve Carlsberg


Make Music Hartford: Winter Edition

January 24, 2019

The weather outside was a little frightful, but the small and mighty crowds that gathered for our CityPlace Caroling and Winter Solstice Jazz Trail kept up the holiday cheer! As the windy rain toppled umbrellas on an unseasonably warm Winter Solstice, The Music Moves Hartford Downtown Singers filled the CityPlace Lobby with song as theyContinue Reading »

Make Music Hartford Cocktail Trail

June 19, 2018

The Greater Hartford Arts Council/Make Music Hartford has partnered with local restaurants to share the excitement of Make Music Hartford through cocktails! Bartenders and mixologists are finding inspiration in music for their Make Music Hartford signature cocktails…or should we say rocktails! On June 21st you can enjoy music all around the city and stop byContinue Reading »

The Make Music Hartford T-Shirt Design is Here!

May 23, 2018

The Greater Hartford Arts Council issued a call for designs for the Make Music Hartford 2018 T-shirt. We are excited to announce the winning design by Jesse Torres. You’ll see Make Music Hartford staff, volunteers, and some Spotlight Event leaders wearing Jesse’s design on June 21st. We had a chat with Jesse to learn more aboutContinue Reading »

Older Entries »


Hartford Courant:Make Music Hartford Celebrating the winter solstice with parade, concerts, drink specials at area bars” (December 17, 2018)

National Make Music Winter Press Release: Make Music Winter to Expand Nationwide This December 21” (October 17, 2018)

Hartford Courant:Hartford Joins Global Make Music Day with Concerts Around the City” (June 21, 2018)

Hartford Courant:Music to Fill the Streets as Connecticut Joins Global Make Music Day” (June 18, 2018)

USA Today:Where to Celebrate Make Music Day Across the Country” (June 15, 2018)

Patch:Free Concerts Set for Make Music Day in West Hartford” (June 15, 2018)

Billboard Magazine:Make Music Day To Return This Summer With More Than 4,500 Concerts” (April 4, 2018)

Rolling Stone:‘Make Music Day’ Plots 4,500 Free Events, Concerts Nationwide” (April 3, 2018)

National Make Music Day Press Release:Make Music Day 2018 Returns On Thursday, June 21” (March 28, 2018)

Hartford Courant:Connecticut to Join Global Make Music Day” (March 14, 2018)

WILI 95.3 FM, Windham Arts Radio Review: Interview with Aaron Friedman of the Make Music Alliance (February 28, 2018)

Make Music Alliance: “Media Resources



Get in touch with us…

Amanda Roy
Community Programs Manager
Greater Hartford Arts Council