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.


How to Make Music on June 21st

Registration is open! Using our matchmaking software venues and musicians can register, create profiles and find a match for their Make Music Hartford performance. 


  • DEADLINE to register has been EXTENDED to June 5, 2018
  • City permits are no longer available for city property. Going forward only events on private property can be booked.
  • All matches made through the matchmaking software will appear on the Make Music Hartford map


Interested in performing during Make Music Hartford? Musicians of all abilities and genres are invited to showcase their talent and share their love of music! The event is an all-ages, all-inclusive celebration of music. Register to be a performer by creating a profile, browse available venues, and make an offer to perform in a Hartford location. The venue will confirm your request. Venues may reach out to you directly once you have created a profile. There is no fee to participate. 

Sign Up as a Musician


Make Music Hartford wouldn’t be possible without venues to host musicians. Venues can be in front of stores and restaurants, front porches, parks, schools, and more. Venues must be located outside and accessible to the general public without an entry fee. Register to be a venue, browse musician profiles and request a performer you’d like at your location. Musicians may reach out to you directly once you have created a profile. 

Sign Up as a Venue



Make Music Hartford Kickoff Concert 

Free Lessons & Workshops

Play Along Events



Not a musician, but interested in getting involved? We’re looking for volunteers to help us document the day and showcase our community’s vibrancy.

Volunteer photographers, videographers, event helpers, bloggers and social media enthusiasts are needed to attend concerts throughout the community and help capture all of the amazing energy Make Music Day will bring. Could be done on lunch breaks or after work! Contact Joe Cole at the Arts Council for details.

2018 Listings: Thursday, June 21st



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 »

Making Music in Hartford: Chion Wolf

May 9, 2018

Get ready for Hartford’s Kazoo parade. That’s right, we’re going to fill Pratt Street with the sound of 100 kazoos during Make Music Hartford. Chion Wolf, known for your voice on WNPR and her hosting skills for a number of events around Hartford, will be leading the pack. Let’s get to know a little moreContinue Reading »

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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! Click here to make a tax deductible donation!

Thank you to our program partners for helping to make this musical celebration possible in Hartford!

Connecticut Office of the Arts
Blue State Coffee
Breakfast Lunch & Dinner
Hartford Business Improvement District
Hog River Brewing
Home Depot – West Hartford
Parkville Sounds
Tapeworks, Inc.
Telefunken Elektroakustik
Trinity College Music Department
University of Hartford Hartt School Community Division
Vasu Studio
Yelp Hartford


Make Music Hartford is a part of a Make Music Connecticut, an initiative supported and convened by the Connecticut Office of the Arts



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