The nonprofit Music Performance Trust Fund (MPTF) provides admission-free, live, quality music, performed by professional musicians, to people of all ages and backgrounds across North America.
For the second year for Make Music Day, the MPTF is generously supporting three innovative programs across 10 cities in 2016. Each program gives established professionals the chance to mentor amateur and up-and-coming musicians, while providing a high-quality concert for the public.
Sousapalooza: In a tradition started in 2011 by Make Music Chicago, the MPTF is supporting four “Sousapaloozas” in Chicago, Cleveland, New York, and St. Paul, where wind band musicians, at every level, are invited to gather to play classic works by The March King himself, John Philip Sousa, led by professional bandleaders and soloists.
Shimmer: The MPTF is supporting “Shimmer”, a new piece by Brian Chase for 16 cymbal players, with the public invited to join in on the music-making. Shimmer will be premiered for Make Music in Boston, Chicago, Madison, Nashville, and New York.
Mass Appeals: The MPTF is also supporting a selection of Make Music’s flagship Mass Appeals, including Mass Appeal Saxophones in Platteville WI, Recorders in New York, Fiddlers in Fullerton, and Guitars in Nashville. Each one brings amateurs together with professionals, to learn and to make joyful music together.