Make Music Day Salem is an event for people who love music and the joyous sense of community that music can foster. It will be held at numerous locations in Salem every June 21 (the summer solstice). The next Make Music Day Salem celebration is set for Thursday, June 21, 2018.
Make Music Day Salem is a call to participation: Music by the People, For the People. It is an invitation to all musicians, amateur as well as professional, to sign up to play at one of the available venues and, after practicing up for the big event, to perform on June 21. And it is an invitation to music-lovers to show up at the venues and enjoy the musical offerings.
Make Music Day Salem is a celebration of music of all genres played by and enjoyed by people of all stripes. We plan to have music from Alternative to Bluegrass to Classical to Zydeco. And we hope to have a large turnout from the whole community, celebrating together our shared love of live music. We will be joining over 725 cities around the world to celebrate Make Music Day – so help us make this day unforgettable as we kick off summer with music for all to enjoy!
Make Music Day Salem is an outgrowth of the Fete de la Musique, which originated in France in 1982. The event began as a call to musicians in Paris to get out in the streets on June 21 and play their music. It has since spread and has a large footprint, particularly in Europe and parts of Africa, but also in a handful of cities getting started in the U.S. We think this is a great way to showcase our city and the many talented and amazing people that make Salem special.
Thanks for your interest in supporting Make Music Day Salem.
Make Music Day is a free, one-day event featuring live music performances, opportunities to make music and other musical activities that takes place around the world on June 21, the longest day of the year. Musical festivities in Salem are part of the global celebration of music making in over 700 cities inspired by France’s Fête de la Musique.
Make Music Day Salem is a volunteer-based, community nonprofit project started in Feb. 2016 by a handful of volunteers and sponsoring organizations. In our first year, we had over 70 bands and artists play at 30 different host venues for more than 150 performances with an estimated audience of over 10,000 attendees during the day into evening celebration. The energy and financial support of the business community coupled with the talents and interest of the vibrant music and arts community made Make Music Day Salem a success on many levels.
We want to make this year’s event even bigger. To help offset some of the necessary costs, such as city permits, licenses, insurance, software, professional sound experts, event related rentals, power generators, staging, performance equipment, promotional materials and outreach activities that comes with putting on an event throughout the city such as this, we need your support.
Become a corporate sponsor! For a donation of $1,000, a corporate sponsor receives:
Logo on poster and all promotional materials
Make Music Day Salem IOS and Android Apps with performance listing
Downloadable fliers used by each musician to promote their performance
Recognition in press material and on website (through 2017)
Social media shout outs
Corporation sponsorship not quite the right fit? Show your support as a Friend of Make Music Day Salem for $25. Friends of MMDS get a shoutout on our various social media platforms as well as listed as a friend on our website.
Additional options are available depending on specific situations and levels of monetary sponsorship, such as social media integration, website integration, media advertising, marketing collateral, etc. that would need to be further discussed and developed. If you have any questions please let us know and thanks again for your interest in Make Music Day Salem.
Make Music Day Salem is a fiscally sponsored organization through The Salem Foundation, meaning that all donations and sponsorships are potentially tax deductible.
WHERE DID THE IDEA OF MAKE MUSIC DAY SALEM COME FROM?
Make Music Day Salem (MMDS) is based on France’s Fête de la Musique, a national musical holiday inaugurated in 1982. The festival has become an international phenomenon celebrated on the same day, June 21st, in more than 700 cities in 120 countries, including Germany, Italy, Switzerland, and Japan. American cities include Salem, New York, Chicago, Denver, Nashville, Boston, and Seattle, among others.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
Anyone and everyone can participate. Amateurs, students, professionals, and established artists are all welcome. MMDS is open to artists of all ages, all levels of ability, individuals and groups, and all musical categories.
HOW DO I SIGN UP TO PERFORM / HOST A MUSIC PERFORMANCE?
Musicians and host locations can use our ‘Match-Making’ tool on the Participate page to register and make performance arrangements with each other.
WHERE DO THE MUSICIANS PLAY?
A variety of locations are possible for the performances. Some sites are sidewalks, alleys, plazas, schools, courtyards, in front of restaurants or businesses, the Capitol, and parks.
WHO WILL PROVIDE A STAGE / BACKLINE / TUNED GRAND PIANO / ETC., FOR MY PERFORMANCE?
Make Music Day Salem is not a typical music festival. MMDS is about neighborhoods and people getting together in their neighborhoods in a do-it-yourself fashion, putting together their own musical events. Our organizers set up the framework for performances — the rest is up to you! Artists and locations collaborate to produce the events, arrange for electricity, and provide whatever equipment is needed.
Salem is your stage. We won’t be constructing stages (though some local venues may do so — and securing additional permits and funding as needed). Performances generally take place at the same level as the audience.
You have complete artistic control. It’s your performance. If you want to perform with a different guitarist than previously announced, or take an extended 20-minute bass solo, you don’t have to ask our permission! (But let us know if we need to update your concert description.) And everyone can take part. From professionals to amateurs, from the mainstream to the unfashionably bizarre — if you can find a workable spot for your performance, you can be part of Make Music Day Salem!
HOW DO I SIGN UP TO PERFORM WITH MY FRIENDS? HOW DO I CURATE A SHOW WITH MULTIPLE ARTISTS?
It’s a great idea to partner up with a friend or many friends! So that we have a unique musical description and web address for every performer, each artist should sign up separately. Then have each one match themselves to the same location, at different time slots. If the entire program has a particular theme or title, put that in the location’s description box.
WHAT IF MY BAND SIGNS UP NOW AND HAS TO BACK OUT LATER?
We are counting on you to perform. If you do need to cancel, it is your responsibility to find another performer to take your spot. Please let the location and us know about all program changes ASAP.
WHAT IF I PLAY AN INSTRUMENT, BUT DON’T HAVE MY OWN BAND?
You can always make this your first time performing or you can join one of our ‘Mass Appeal’ events. We are organizing musicians to band together to perform pieces written for a single type of instrument. Each performance works differently, depending on the genre, the instrument, and the location. If you have an idea and would like to organize a Mass Appeal Event please email us!
WILL MUSICIANS BE PAID TO PERFORM AND WILL THE VENUE CHARGE A FEE TO HOST A PERFORMANCE?
Make Music Day was designed to be a free music event, therefore the performers are not compensated. The venue sites must also host performances without a fee to either the performers or the Make Music Day organization. Make Music Day events around the world invite everyone from the community to either perform, host or attend musical performances and celebrate the first day of summer. The design of a free musical event for everyone is the spirit of Make Music Day throughout the 700 plus cities worldwide that participate.
Although performers and host sites are not paid for their musical performances, we help coordinate the overall event and publicize the event city-wide with posters, media stories, social media posts, performance listings with our media partners, an interactive website, and a volunteer street-team.
CAN MMDS PERFORMERS SELL CDS, MERCHANDISE OR ASK FOR DONATIONS?
Musicians are allowed to sell their band or individual musician merchandise and CDs during their Make Music Day performance. Musicians can also promote any future performances. Performers are not allowed to solicit donations during their Make Music Day performance.
WHAT WILL MMDS DO TO HELP PROMOTE MY CONCERT?
We list all performances on the MMDS website (with descriptions and artist websites), on other social media, include in any newspaper articles about MMDS, and for those performers and venues that register by Sunday, May 14, they will be included on the official MMDS poster distributed to businesses throughout the city.
We also encourage all musicians and host locations to do their own promoting – sending out email blasts, putting notices on websites, including on social media, handing out flyers to customers, inviting all employees, customers, family, and friends, etc. Obviously the more you help promote, the more people will come to see you perform and attend at your host location.
HOW LATE IN THE EVENING CAN MY PERFORMANCE GO?
In most cases, amplified music can be played until 10 p.m. but this will depend on where you are and the permits in place for the event. Acoustic or unamplified music can be played after 10 p.m.
CAN MY CONCERT BE “INVITATION ONLY”?
No. The MMD event is a free music event for anyone to attend.
CAN I CREATE A MMDS EVENT THAT DOES NOT INCLUDE ANY LIVE MUSIC?
Possibly. If you have a musical performance that does not include anyone performing live music (e.g. a DJ), contact us directly to determine whether your act fits the MMD criteria.
CAN I HAVE MY EVENT INDOORS?
The MMD event is an outdoor celebration, however, due to rain it may be moved indoors. Any necessary change from outdoor sites due to weather will be determined closer to the event date.
IS THIS AN ANNUAL EVENT?
Yes. MMDS will take place June 21 every year.
WHO PUTS THIS ALL TOGETHER?
Make Music Day Salem is a nonprofit, volunteer-run network. The main organizer of the event have connections to RiverCity Rock Star Academy, The Moxie Initiative, and The Space Concert Club. Donations and sponsorship are tax-deductible through our fiscal sponsor, The Salem Foundation. The event is free and open to the public and your contributions make it possible.
HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED AS A VOLUNTEER?
We will need volunteers in making preparations for the event and on the day of the event. If you would like to help us out, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Make Music Day Salem is already the largest musical event in Salem history and with your help we can make it even better!
HOW CAN I DONATE TO MAKE MUSIC DAY SALEM OR BECOME A SPONSOR FOR THE EVENT?
We’re glad you asked! As we expand and transform into an annual free cultural event, we need your continued support to keep it going. Make Music Day Salem is a nonprofit, volunteer-run network. Donations and sponsorship are tax-deductible through our fiscal sponsor, The Salem Foundation. If your business would like to sponsor please contact us at email@example.com and we will send you a sponsor fact sheet with all the information.
Thank you for your interest in Make Music Day Salem.
Annual free event will feature more than 100 artists at 25 venues throughout Salem
If you head out June 21, especially if you’re going downtown Salem, you’re likely to see someone playing something, perhaps a guitar or maybe a bucket. Walk a bit farther and you’ll catch a band on a street corner.
That’s because it’s Make Music Day, and Salem is celebrating with outdoor music for the second year.
Make Music Day is a free global celebration of making music that takes place on the longest day of the year, June 21. In Salem, it has been recognized through an official proclamation by Mayor Chuck Bennett and the city of Salem.
During Make Music Salem, attendees can hear a variety of genres of music from alternative to bluegrass, classical to zydeco. The locations are as varied as the music, from the Capitol to Salem’s Riverfront Carousel, The Space and along several downtown streets.
While there is no headline show, there are some bigger bands playing, such as M69’s (5:15 p.m. to 6 p.m., Electric Alley Stage, 249 Liberty St. NE) and City of Pieces (4 to 5 p.m., Barnwood Naturals, 110 Union St.)
In addition to more than 100 artists performing at over 25 venues throughout Salem, this year’s event will include a variety of interactive “mass appeal” activities including boomwackers, beatbox jam, bucket drumming, guitar jam, harmonica jam and ukulele jam.
In the alley between Commercial and Liberty streets running from Chemeketa through to State Street, there will be activities happening in each section, including a Silent Disco that will wrap up the evening from 10 to 11 p.m. in the alley next to Venti’s Cafe/Court Street Dairy.
“Make Music Day is a fun and engaging way of bringing together our local community,” said committee member Carlee Wright. “It will highlight the uniqueness of Salem from its venues to its music as it encourages social connectivity and community engagement.”
If you go
When: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. June 21
Where: Throughout the city, with an emphasis in downtown Salem
After experiencing Make Music Salem 2016 last year, I could not wait for the next one to come around. And here we are – Make Music Salem 2017 is upon us. If you were downtown for last year’s event, you know what a magical and community-building event it was. Salem broke all the records for participation with over 70 bands and 15 venues, and we’re on track to shatter those numbers this year. But first, a little background.
“Make Music Day” is an all-day music festival that always occurs on June 21st – the Summer Solstice. It started in France in 1982, and there are a few rules. All performances must be outside (weather permitting) and must be free to the public. France’s Fête De La Musique has since spread worldwide to over 700 cities in 120 countries. New York was the first city in the US to celebrate this musical tradition, about 10 years ago. Since then, the festival has spread to over 30 cities nationwide. Last year was Salem’s hugely successful inaugural event. The National Make Music Alliance that organizes Make Music Day in the U.S., has recognized Salem’s event as the most successful launch in their 12-year history. Not too shabby, Salem.
Photo by Frank Miller
Make Music Day was brought to Salem in 2016 by Mark Green (RiverCity Rock Academy), Carlee Wright (TedX, Moxie Initiative), and Doug Hoffman (The Space, City of Pieces). This is an all-volunteer endeavor and is a fiscally-sponsored organization through the efforts of Pioneer Trust and the Salem Foundation, which allows donations to be tax-deductible. They organize all the activities and take all responsibility for licenses, insurance, software, staging, equipment, and promotional materials through donations from the community. In short, there’s still time to volunteer, donate, and/or sponsor.
This year’s team has expanded to include Brian Hart, Karen Green, Danielle Green, Katy Ohsiek and yours truly. It takes quite an effort to pull this off, especially given this year’s numbers, which currently stand at 112 performers and 28 venues all concentrated in the downtown core. Those are numbers that make Salem’s event the largest Make Music Day on the West coast before Los Angeles, Seattle, and Portland. Those are numbers that has gotten the attention of the international organization! Salem has been recognized by representatives of the French government, and Salem will be featured in an upcoming video recognizing Make Music Day around the world, along with Salem’s own Hot Sheets. AND, if that wasn’t enough (and don’t you think it oughta be?) our own City of Salem and Mayor Chuck Bennett recognized in a proclamation that June 21st is officially Make Music Day Salem. The only thing that was missing were the trumpets and unfurling heraldry.
The 113 performers this year are predominantly from Salem, with some representation from Corvallis, Eugene, and Portland. They’ll be representing a wide range of genres and abilities. Anywhere from first time performers to seasoned veterans; from Montessori students to a 90-year-old singer/tap dancer. It is an inclusive and nurturing environment fueled by our community. It really does provide a place for amateurs to test the water. Last year, Hot Sheets played their very first song at Make Music Salem and now they’re gigging just like they always knew how.
Photo by Frank Miller
In addition to musical performances, there will be free music lessons – what they call, “Mass Appeal” events. This year there will be lessons and jams including harmonica, guitar, ukulele, bucket drumming, beat boxing, and boomwhackers (google that). There will be free harmonicas, boomwhackers, drumsticks, and lesson books for those in attendance, while supplies last. There really is something for everyone at this event.
FAST FACTS & PRO TIPS
Make Music Salem is on Wednesday, June 21st from 10am to 10pm. Yes, it’s a Wednesday, so you’ll want to take the day off, call in sick, or quit. It’s all outside and mostly in the downtown core. This year I’m an organizer, so I’ll most likely be fairly busy. But last year I was a spectator and found it very helpful to pack an umbrella to make your own shade or keep off the drizzle (it is NOT going to rain). Last year was perfectly sunny, and I appreciated having the umbrella to keep the sun from beating down on my head. Bring a refillable container for water. Consider taking the bus in or riding your bike. I rode my bike last year and it was very helpful to be able to zip around and see as many performances as I could. Or on the other hand, bring some camping chairs and pick your favorite stage and soak it all in. No matter what, you’ll be in our beautiful downtown with lots of restaurants and venues that helped make this happen. You won’t starve.
As of press time 6/6/2017, we have two more weeks to get all performers placed and confirmed. And performers: you will be placed. Please know that everyone who signed up will get to play. We promise. Again, we’ve still got two weeks so this schedule presented is not final. The best resource is the website. You can download the Make Music Day app or go to www.makemusicday.org/salemto keep updated on the progress and to see where your favorites and new favorites are playing on the day of. See you downtown – June 21st.
Make Music Salem 2018 is getting closer…June 21st…can you feel it? We can! We’re getting prepared. Here is another opportunity for you to come and meet the event organizers, find out how to get involved, donate to the cause to become a Friend of Make Music Salem. We’re bringing you a nice little varietyContinue Reading »
We have put together a pdf listing all of the performances and venues for tomorrow. It is possible that things may change but please feel to print, download, and share. For the most up to date please refer to the application or the website. Have fun! Make Music Salem 2017 June 20, 2017 2-45 PM
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