Make Music


Make Music Nashville is an all-day, open-access, free non-profit festival taking place in various neighborhoods in Nashville, Tennessee on June 21st every year. Participation is encouraged from all ages, genres and abilities, from indie rock to bluegrass to a cappella, from music students to professional artists and everything in between.

Make Music Nashville’s primary goals are to provide an equal platform for musicians of all skill levels, interests and walks of life and to inspire the next generation of musicians through innovative outreach programming.

This celebration is not limited to residents of Nashville, but invites music enthusiasts from everywhere to come participate by performing, attending or volunteering. Join us to ring in the summer solstice as part of an international event with its heart and soul in our local community!


Interested in learning more about performing during Make Music Nashville 2017? Everyone is welcomed and encouraged to join the celebration! The event is an all-ages, all-inclusive celebration of music. So whether you’re in a band, a solo artist, a child, a senior, a saxophonist or a thereminist, there’s a spot for you to perform!

A Make Music Nashville venue can be a anything and anywhere. Last year we hosted shows at breweries, retail stores, a recording studio, restaurants and even a zoo!

Sign Up as a Performer or Venue

Interested in performing at one of Make Music Nashville’s Play-Alongs or group lessons? More info coming soon! All interactive events are free and open to all ages, skill levels and interests.

Play-Along Events:

  • Hohner Harmonica Lessons
  • Fork’s Drum Circle
  • Zildjian Cymbal Jungle
  • Uke 101 at Fanny’s House of Music
  • Group Guitar Lessons
  • Western Swing Guitar Jam

2017 Listings: Wednesday, June 21st



Help support Make Music Nashville!

The work of a small army of volunteers makes it possible to pull this off on such a limited budget, but unavoidable costs remain, including: instrument and equipment rentals, software development for the matchmaking system, promotional materials such as signage and t-shirts necessary for the organization, and many smaller items such as insurance and event permitting.

Help cover these costs and be part of bringing the musical merriment to the summer solstice!

Donate via PayPal

Or checks can be sent to:

Make Music Nashville
PO Box 120481
Nashville, TN 37211

Make Music Nashville is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; all contributions are 100% tax deductible.

Become a volunteer!

Make Music Day is free for the city of Nashville, so we rely heavily on volunteers to keep things running smoothly. That means we need your help on June 21st! If you’re available on this day and would like to help, please let us know. Here are just some of the things that you might be doing throughout the day:

-Tell passersby about Make Music Nashville and answer any questions audience and participators may have.
-Take photos of your stationed event.
-Help keep our performers happy.
-Help with setup and breakdown between artists.
-Help run sound.

Sign Up Here

Our commitment to sponsors

We value our partnership with our sponsors and will strive to serve as good stewards of the generous gifts by delivering valuable benefits and a positive partnership experience. With a donation, you are helping to make music accessible to everyone in our community.

If you would like to be a sponsor of Make Music Nashville 2017, please email us at

2015 Sponsors

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   Yazoo Logo       MMP Logo       provence       medcuisine     pizzaperfect      kalamatas


Community Invited to Play Piano in the Park

WTVF by Erin Zeigler, 6/2/17

Kids have gained a new place to play in a downtown park, and it’s not a playground.

There will be a lot of music coming from Cumberland Park in Downtown Nashville thanks to Make Music Nashville. A piano has been made available for anyone and everyone to play. 

The organization said it was given to them as a donation, and it was decorated with a diversity theme by kids in the after-school program at Tusculum Elementary. [read more]


Make Music Nashville Invites Public to Play

Nashville Arts by Peter Chawaga, 6/1/17

All of Nashville will celebrate joyous noise during Make Music Nashville (MMN) on June 21. The festival is a public, cross-genre, music-making event of musical instruction, play-along, and free concerts throughout the city.

The 2017 iteration is expected to be the largest ever in terms of participating artists and venues. Special events include a 250-person “kazoo jam” at the airport, a songwriting “street studio” downtown, and pre- festival activities like train-whistle instrument giveaways to trolley tourists and a “Pianos in the Park” installation at Cumberland Park featuring upright pianos decorated by local elementary school students. [read more]



Plus Side of Nashville: Make Music Nashville

WTFV-TV by Tuwanda Coleman, 3/13/17

Tuwanda Coleman sits down with the co-founders of Make Music Nashville, Matt Fox and Alan Fey, to talk about their free upcoming summer music festival. [read more]





The Music City Celebrates Make Music Day

WTVF-TV by Jesse Knutson, 6/21/16

The_Music_City_Celebrates_Make_Music_Day_0_40817705_ver1.0_320_240Make Music Day took over Nashville as part of a international day aimed at providing free music performances and education to anyone who wants to participate.

One of the first events on Tuesday was at Hadley Park Library, where members of the Nashville Symphony hosted a symphony “petting zoo” where students were able to try their hand at the instruments played on stage by some of Nashville’s finest musicians.

“Even before they touch the instrument, they just point it out and say, that one’s mine,” Kelley Bell with the Nashville Symphony said. [read more]


Make Music Nashville aims to inspire next generation of musicians

WSMV-TV by Hayley Mason, 6/21/16

10827316_GThe sounds of musicians filled the air in neighborhoods throughout the city during the annual Make Music Nashville festival. The free event encourages musicians of all ages, genres and abilities to participate.

The goal is to not only celebrate the heart and soul of Nashville, but to inspire the next generation of musicians. The all-day event features concerts on streets, sidewalks and parks across the city. [read more]



Third Annual Make Music Nashville Festival – Various Locations | June 21

Nashville Arts Magazine by Rebecca Pierce, 6/01/16

Screen Shot 2016-06-28 at 9.23.39 AMOnce again the Make Music Nashville Festival resonates through the city. Taking place on the Summer Solstice, this festival is celebrated around the world in 700 cities, including New York, Jerusalem, Buenos Aires, and Hong Kong, to name a few. This is Nashville’s third year participating, and the events are not to be missed.

The free event encourages performance and participation regardless of age, genre, or stage of ability. The festival’s primary goal is to provide an equal platform for musicians of all skill levels, interests, and walks of life and to inspire the next generation of musicians through innovative outreach programming. [read more]



Previous Coverage

365 Days of Music City (Patrick Lamb, 6/16/16): #49: Make Music Nashville

Belmont University (Staff, 6/15/16): Alumni Strike Positive Chord with ‘Make Music Nashville’ Festival

Nashville Arts (Rebecca Pierce, 3/01/16): Call to Musicians – Make Music Nashville returns for 2016

Nashville Arts (Rebecca Pierce, 6/01/15): 2nd Annual Make Music Nashville Festival – June 21

Nashville Scene (John Pitcher, 5/20/15): Make Music Nashville Presents John Luther Adams’ Inuksuit at Cumberland Park

The Tennessean (Nate Rau, 6/19/14): Music celebration brings free concerts to Nashville venues



Do you have any questions, comments or jokes? We’d love to hear them!

Feel free to contact us at:

Make Music Nashville
PO Box 120481
Nashville, TN 37212