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 2018? 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
  • Uke Lessons and Jam at Country Music Hall of Fame
  • Uke 101 at Fanny’s House of Music
  • BNA Spoon Jam

2018 Listings: Thursday, 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 2018, please email us at



Belmont students turn The Heritage seniors’ life stories into

Franklin Home Page by Landon Woodroof, 6/22/17

The place is Central London, near the beginning of World War II. 

A six-year old girl living with her family is sent to live in the countryside to escape Germany’s sustained bombing attacks on the city. The girl, afraid and unable to understand why she was sent away, develops severe speech problems that keep her silent much of the time. She goes back to London where her best friend is killed in a bombing raid. Several years later she meets an American soldier. The two marry, move to the United States and have six kids together.

Belmont University students heard this story and many more Wednesday morning at the Heritage at Brentwood, a local senior living community. These students are a part of a commercial songwriting class. They had come to The Heritage as part of Make Music Day, an annual international celebration of all things musical. [read more]


Nashville Celebrates Make Music Day

WTVF by Jesse Knutson, 6/21/17

Nashville’s Make Music Day highlighted the countless past and present musicians of Music City. Musicians and music fans alike gathered at Carter Vintage Guitars Wednesday afternoon.

The event was a small part of an annual worldwide celebration appropriately titled Make Music Day and Nashville was eager to be part of the celebration.

“Nashville is a music city, so we always want to promote music that way. But it’s just a fun event for people to learn, and the arts are so important especially in today’s world,” said Melinda Lio. [read more]


Nonprofit wants more music in Nashville

WSMV by Terry Bulger, 6/19/17

One group thinks Music City needs more music.

“So we always say, anyone can be a performer, anywhere can be a venue,” said Matt Fox.

Fox believes that and lives that, with a melodica in his mouth to prove it. He’s clearly inspiring others to play an instrument too.

“We always say if we get one person to get invested in music or to dust off that old guitar in the attic, then our mission has been completed,” he said. [read more]


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]





Previous Coverage

Music City Roots (Craig Havighurst, 6/20/17): Make Music Day

The Tennessean (Mary Hance, 6/16/17): 11 free Nashville-area festivals offer summer fun

WCYB-TV (Kevin Castle, 6/15/17): Nashville’s Parthenon going orange for Make Music Day

WMOT (Mike Osborne, 6/14/17): Set your inner musician free during Make Music Nashville

Green Hills News (David Smith, 6/14/17): Street pianos add to the scene in parts of Nashville

WTVF-TV (Jesse Knutson, 6/21/16): The Music City Celebrates Make Music Day

WSMV-TV (Hayley Mason, 6/21/16): Make Music Nashville aims to inspire next generation of musicians

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, 6/1/16): Third Annual Make Music Nashville Festival – Various Locations | June 21

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