Make Music

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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 Friday, June 21, 2019.

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. Last year we had over 170 musicians and bands perform at 35 venues!


It’s easy to get involved!

Click here to access the “match-making” service and follow these instructions:

Performers: create your profile by submitting a photo, description of your act, and any relevant website/social media links.
Check out theavailable venues and bid on one that will fit your needs. The venue will confirm your request, and you’re good to go.

Venues: create a profile by submitting your location information and a description of the space. Peruse the musician profiles to request a performance,
or welcome musicians to bid on your space independently. Confirm the connection and make sure your space is ready to go on June 21st!

If you are returning as a performer and/or as a venue you can use your login credentials from the previous year.


We need your help to Make Music Salem successful, and we are looking for community volunteers of all ages, experiences,
and backgrounds (not necessary to be a musician) to help with Salem largest musical celebration. Sign up to Volunteer

We will be adding more information and additional activities as we go. Guaranteed something for everyone!


Thank you to our Sponsors!

Thank you 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 take 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 February 2016 by a handful of volunteers and sponsoring organizations. In just two years we had over 200 bands and artists play at 60 different host venues for more than 325 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.

Make Music Day Salem Sponsorship Opportunities

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  Logo on downloadable fliers used by
  musicians to promote their performance
  Logo on Banners & Signage
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  Social media shout-out   Multiple   Multiple   X   X
  Thank you by stage hosts   Multiple   Multiple   X   X
  Recognition in program/website   Logo   Logo   Logo   Text

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No Me Gusta Photographed by: Ralph Smith


Make Music Salem is free and open to the public and your contributions make it all possible!

For sponsorship inquiries, check out Sponsors or please contact us at

Make Music Salem is a community-based fiscally sponsored non-profit through the Salem Foundation. Donations to Make Music Salem are tax deductible. You can donate directly to The Salem Foundation in C/O Make Music Day Salem or contact the Salem Foundation at

We are proud to be a part of the Make Music Alliance! Check out the Make Music Day website for more information.

Make Payments to The Salem Foundation in C/O Make Music Day Salem 

Salem Foundation Tax ID Number:


We need your help to Make Music Salem successful, and we are looking for community volunteers of all ages, experiences, and backgrounds (not necessary to be a musician) to help with Salem largest musical celebration. Sign up to Volunteer



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 800 cities in 120 countries, including Germany, Italy, Switzerland, and Japan. American cities include Salem, New York, Chicago, Denver, Nashville, Boston, and Seattle, among others. To find out more visit the Make Music Alliance 


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.


Musicians and host locations can use our ‘Match-Making’ tool on the Participate page to register and make performance arrangements with each other. Sign Up Click Here  DEADLINE IS MONDAY JUNE 10th

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Via Salem33 | By Julie Eaton | June 17, 2019 | Original Article

This Friday, June 21st, 2019, Salem will celebrate its fourth year participating in Make Music Day. It’s been four years for us, but the festival has been around since 1982, when it started in France. The festival was imagined to bring together live music and the masses on the longest day of the year. In fact, it’s in the rules of the festival: It must be outside; it music be on June 21st – the Summer Solstice; and it must be free to spectators. Since it is always on June 21st, the days of the event change. This year, it lands on Friday!

No Me Gusta at Brown’s Towne Lounge

Make Music Day has since grown into a worldwide event. Salem got on board in 2016, facilitated by the efforts of Mark Green, Douglas Hoffman, and Carlee Wright. The first year there were 20 venues and 70 performers. Last year it was up to 25 venues and approximately 110 performers. Registration is closed for this year, but last count was 30 venues and 132 artists culminating in 165 performances all around downtown Salem.

As the festival has grown, so has the all volunteer committee: Mark and Karen Green, (RiverCity Rockstar Academy); Douglas Hoffman, (also RCRA, The Space Concert ClubCity of Pieces), Julie Eaton, (Salem33 -formerly Salem Weekly Music, Marc & the Horsejerks), Kaylee Bonatakis, (RCRA, Center Mass String Quartet, Marc & the HJs), Philip and Steffi Derobertis, (CCTV, Trader Joe’s), Lizzy Brock, (Marc & the HJs, formerly Tied to a Grizzly), and newcomers Megan McClure and Seaton Drebitko. 

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Project organizers:  Kaylee Bonatakis, Elizabeth Brock, Seaton Drebitko, Phillip DeRobertis, Steffi DeRobertis,  Julie Eaton, Vicky Falcón Vázquez, Danielle Green, Karen Green, Mark Green, Brian Hart, Doug Hoffman, Abby King, Megan McClure, & Hunter Winnen


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