Make Music


Group of 3 child musicians perform with an adult guitarist surrounded by smoke and cool lighting.

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 1,000 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.


Make Music Hartford returns on June 21, 2020!

Make Music Hartford will return in 2020, but it will look a little different. Due to COVID-19, many of the events we planned for this year’s event will not be able to take place while others will become virtual experiences you can enjoy from home.

How Can You Participate?

Make Music Hartford is a virtual event in 2020.  

All Make Music Hartford performances must be free to attend and family-friendly.

Musicians can list their own live stream events or create a profile and search for virtual venues. Venues can register virtual platforms and team up with musicians to present live streamed performances on June 21st. All registered performances will be promoted in the official Make Music Hartford listing.

Register to Go Live for Make Music Hartford


Participate in Special Events in Hartford and Beyond!

A number of special events will be hosted by the Greater Hartford Arts Council as well as community partners around Hartford and around the world. Information about how to participate in events like Bash the Trash, Flowerpot Music, the World’s Smallest Marching Band, and more can be found below. More events will be added between now and June 21st.


Local musicians cover each others songs in this song swap happening around the world. Songwriters and composers of all styles and walks of life are invited to participate in #MySongIsYourSong. Register HERE by May 21st to participate. Tune in on June 21st to hear Hartford-area musicians participate!

25×12 Live Online Lessons

Music teachers around the world will offer 12 hours of free, online group lessons for 25 different instruments. More information about how to find lessons on your favorite instrument are coming soon! Teachers interested in teaching lessons can find out more HERE.

Bash the Trash

Join our virtual Bash the Trash Instrument Making Party! We have videos and how-to guides on how to turn items you would normally throw away into cool sounding instruments. Give the a try and share a video with us! Find tutorials HERE.

Flowerpot Music

Hartford’s performance of Flowerpot Music, composed by Eliot Cole, is going international! Be a part of the internationally live-streamed performance of bell-like tones that pass from performer to performer in improvised gestures on flower pots! Find out more and register HERE.

Live from Home Challenge

In partnership with Make Music Australia Make Music China, and the Make Music Alliance we invite everyone to post a musical performance from home on June 21, and tag three friends to challenge them to do the same. More info HERE.

Make Music Mondays

Ready for some local music before June 21st? Check out Make Music Mondays every Monday night around 8pm on the @letsgoarts Instagram account. Hartford-area musicians will share stories and songs via livestream. Check out the 2020 lineup HERE.

Takeout and Takeover

In a time when to-go orders may be more common than dine-in experiences at restaurants, we’re launching Takeout and Takeover. Restaurants serving takeout orders can register their social media channel as a “venue” for local musicians to “takeover” on June 21st in celebration of Make Music Hartford. Enjoy takeout from your favorite Hartford restaurant while enjoying a jazz concert from their Instagram account or a growler from your local brewery while tuning into their Facebook Live. Register your virtual venue or sign up to be a musician HERE.

Track Meet

On June 21st, over the course of six hours, teams of four musicians will create brand new original tracks in a creative relay. Hartford-area musicians are invited to join. Deadline for musicians to register is June 7th. Find out more HERE.

World’s Smallest Marching Band

Individual brass, wind, and percussion players will parade through cities, by themselves, playing band repertoire to people listening from their homes or workplaces. Musicians can register to march and a listing of neighborhood routes will be available later in June. Details on how to sign up and find musicians are HERE.

Virtual Shower Singing

You read that correctly! It’s time to release your inner diva with Virtual Shower Singing. There are two ways to participate. Share your vocals with us before Make Music Day or participate in a Virtual Shower Singing open mic on June 21st. Details on how to show us your talent are HERE.

Young Composers Contest

Composers between the ages of 13 and 21 are invited to enter a 3 minute composition to go along with William Carlos Williams’s poem, “By the road to the contagious hospital” . Entries due May 18th. Full contest details HERE.


Souls of' Zion perform with lead singer Prince at the center.

Make Music Hartford 2020 Sponsors

Connecticut: Department of Economic and Community Development Office of the Arts logo

Jam Session Sponsor

  • Bouvier Insurance
  • Trinity College

Make Music Hartford 2020 Sponsorship Opportunities Available!

Your support makes programs like Make Music Hartford possible. Discover branding opportunities for your company and help us connect people through music.
Interested in becoming a sponsor? Contact Roxane Sanders rsanders[at]


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.
Donate Today



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

  • Denis Semenyaka
  • Dana Lynne Montanari
  • Ron White
  • Ray Shaw
  • Andres Calixto
  • Dwight Hatch
  • Evan Thomas
  • Haley Comstock
  • Heather Martin
  • Joseph Engberg
  • Steve Carlsberg


Scott’s Jamaican Bakery: Faces of #MakeMusicHartford

June 19, 2019

“We bake with love” is the motto for Scotts’ Jamaican Bakery. What more could you ask for in a longtime local business? For over 40 years, the Scott family bakery has been a staple in capital region cuisine with what started with one flagship bakery that expanded into three total branches. It only made sense toContinue Reading »

Nelson Bello: Faces of #MakeMusicHartford

June 17, 2019

Nelson Bello has certainly made the rounds. As an alumnus of both the original Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts and a student of Jackie McLean, Nelson has made a career out of collaborating. In addition to being an active recording artist, he serves as both accompanist and bandleader in several groups in the regionalContinue Reading »

Kirk Woodard: Faces of Make Music Hartford

June 16, 2019

If you’ve made it out to Black-Eyed Sally’s for a Jazz Monday, chances are you’ve seen Kirk play. If you’ve attended events with a jazz trio, your chances are even higher. Essentially, Kirk is one of Hartford’s go-to drummers for all things jazz. Having just graduated from The Hartt School’s inaugural Master of Music inContinue Reading »

Older Entries »


Hartford Courant:Sounds of summer: Hartford’s Make music 2019 celebration had the city singing” (June 21, 2019) 

WTNH: Make Music Hartford Bigger Than Ever ” (June 20, 2019) 

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



Amanda Roy playing the drums.

Get in touch with us…

Amanda Roy
Director of Community Impact
Greater Hartford Arts Council