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.
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.
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.
4:00pm – 4:45pm: Bucket Drumming at Barbour Street library. Drummer Kirk Woodard will give free bucket drumming lessons and lead the group in bucket drumming grooves. All are welcome! Presented with Vic Firth.
4:45pm – 5:30pm: Guitar Jam Session at TheaterWorks. Guitar players of all skill levels are invited to join a guitar jam session hosted by Jeremy Galloway outside the theater.
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.
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 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 »
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 »
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!