Make Music
Middletown

About

What is Make Music Middletown?

Make Music Middletown 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 Middletown will feature musicians of all abilities and music from any genre. Sidewalks, parks, front porches, and public spaces throughout the region 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.

All are welcome to participate- no experience necessary! Join a diverse community of musicians and help fill every nook and cranny in Middletown with music.

Starting March 8th, you can register in our scheduling system, browse artists and request performances.

Make Music Middletown is brought to you by the City of Middletown Arts Office/Middletown Commisssion on the Arts along with the stakeholders whether artist or venue as part of our mission to contribute to the cultural identity, economy and quality of life of Middletown supporting arts, heritage, cultural and business activities and organizations.

Make Music Middletown is modeled after a Parisian tradition (Fête de la Musique) that began in 1982 as a tribute to the Summer Solstice.  More specifically, each June 21st Paris is filled with musicians of all kinds performing on sidewalks, lawns, balconies, in parks, etc. for anyone to enjoy at no cost.  In 2007, Fête de la Musique crossed the Atlantic with the debut of Make Music New York.  Ever since, cities around the world have been starting their own Make Music days. 

In 2017, a number of CT cities and arts alliances, in partnership with the CT Office of the Arts, felt it was time to bring this celebration come to CT!!  

Join us for the first annual Make Music Middletown on Thursday, June 21, 2018!!

All Ages | Free

Participate

How to Make Music on June 21st

Registration is open through May 21st. Jump on board now! Be sure to review the Help videos, they show how simple it is to sign up and get started. Still have questions/need assistance? Call 860.638.4510 or email arts@middletownct.gov

Using our matchmaking software venues and musicians can register, create profiles and find a match for their Make Music Middletown performance. 

Details:

  • DEADLINE to register and make a match: May 21, 2018
  • Musicians and venues participating must obtain their own permits (more about this later)
  • All matches made through the matchmaking software will appear on the Make Music Middletown promotions later this spring. 

Setting up your own event is easy. Here’s how. 

Register online through May 21 using the Make Music matchmaking program and create a brief profile.

If you have a location already, great! If you have confirmed performers already, great! Enter your information to show up in the listings. 

Don’t have a location or looking for performers? That’s okay, you can find one using the Make Music “match-making” platform by following the instructions below.

Helpful Note: This platform works like a dating website, it is up to you to reach out and set up the details of your performance “date.”  Making a request increases your chances of a performance. 

MUSICIANS

Interested in performing during Make Music Middletown? 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 Middletown 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. 

Everyone, regardless of age, ability, or preferred musical style can participate. We encourage you to embrace your inner musician, share music freely with your peers, and celebrate the rich musical diversity of your communities.

To participate:

  1. Create your profile by submitting a photo, description of your act, and any relevant website/social media links.
  2. Check out the available venues and bid on one that will fit your needs.
  3. When venue confirms your request, your event will show up in the online listings.
  4. Stay in touch with the venue to make sure everything is set for your performance on June 21.

Sign Up as a Performer 

Help video for artists

VENUES

Make Music Middletown wouldn’t be possible without venues to host musicians. Venues can be in front of or in stores and restaurants, front porches, parks, schools, and more. Venues may be located indoors or outdoors (preferably outdoors) and must be  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. 

Whether you have a restaurant, a storefront sidewalk or just a spacious front garden, any location can host a performance or participatory event as long as it free and accessible to the public. Make Music Middletown is a unique way to activate your space, engage your community, and inspire anyone and everyone to discover the joy of making music.

To participate: 

  1. Create a profile by submitting your location information and a description of the space.
  2. Peruse the musician profiles and request a performance with one that fits your space.
  3. Confirm the connection when the artist accepts and your event will show up in the online listings.
  4. Stay in touch with the musician and make sure your space is ready to go on June 21. 

Sign Up as a Venue

Help video for venues

 

VOLUNTEERS

Make Music Middletown is looking for volunteers to help with the day. Interested in helping organize, promote, capture (video, photo, social media) and/or work with musicians, contact us today! arts@middletownct.gov

Contact

Get in touch with us at arts@middletownct.gov

 

2018 Listings: Thursday, June 21st