Make Music


Four women clap and sing together.

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.


Volunteers are participating in a Make Music Hartford bucket drumming circle.

SAVE THE DATE! Make Music Hartford will return on June 21, 2020! 

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.

Make Music Hartford isn’t limited to professional musicians, anyone can participate. 

All events must be free and open to the public. 

Check back for information about participating in Make Music Hartford 2020 

2019 Spotlight Events 

  • Basses Loaded at the Stegosaurus on Burr Mall
  • Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” Workshop and Performance at St. Patrick St. Anthony Church
  • Bucket Drumming Lessons at Hartford Hilton and Willie Ware Rec Center
  • Build Your Own Beat at Hartford Public Library Main Branch
  • Drum Circle at the Park Street Library Branch
  • Dueling Drums at Hog River Brewing
  • Guitar Lessons at the Camp Field Library Branch
  • Harmonica Lessons at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza
  • Hip Hop Cypher at Blue Hills Engine Co. 16 Fire Station
  • Hip Hop Dance Lessons at Arroyo Rec Center
  • Hip Hop Lyric Workshop at Hartford Public Library Main Branch
  • Improv Musical Comedy Show at the Barbour Street Library Branch
  • Industrial Music Roadshow at the Old State House Farmers Market
  • Jazz Jam Session at Scott’s Jamaican Bakery
  • Kazoo Parade on Pratt Street
  • Latin Song Sing Along at the Bushnell Park Carousel
  • Open Mic at Willie Ware Rec Center
  • Parkville Jam Session at Hog River Brewing
  • Sousapalooza at the Old State House 
  • Sliders Story Time
  • Ukulele Circle at the Butler-McCook House
  • Yoga Class and Heart Chant at 56 Arbor Street with Vasu Studio



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

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 provide free music to the Greater Hartford region. 
Interested in becoming a sponsor? Contact Amanda Roy aroy[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 through a tax deductible donation!
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Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors and Partners!

Spotlight Event Sponsors:

Power Station Evemts logo         Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development Logo

Jam Session Sponsors:

Express Strategies 

Spectra Wired Café

2019 Make Music Hartford Committee

This program is made possible with the help of the Make Music Hartford Committee, an all volunteer committee supporting the Greater Hartford Arts Council staff in program planning. 2019 Committee members include: 

Nelson Bello – Percussionist
Steve Cusano – Parkville Sounds
Jeff Devereux – Breakfast Lunch & Dinner
Megan Fitzgerald – CT Public
Charmagne Glass-Tripp – Grammy Award-Winning Vocalist and Lyricist
Dylan Healy – Funnybone Records
James Johnson – DJ Soul Selektah, Anti-Division League
Jackie Mandyck – The iQuilt Plan
Noa Michaud – Hartt School Community Division 
Thien Nguyen – Hartford business professional
Kirk Woodard – Drummer

2019 Community Partners

Charter Oak Cultural Center
City of Hartford Division of Recreation
Hartford Chamber of Commerce
Mike Marques Photography



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 »

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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.

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Amanda Roy
Community Programs Manager
Greater Hartford Arts Council