Make Music
San Jose


Celebrated on June 21, Make Music San Jose coincides with festivities in more than one thousand cities worldwide as part of Make Music Day. The whole idea for the day is to share the joy of making music with everyone that wants to take part, from professional to amateur musicians, as well as the musically curious.

Typically we celebrate with performances and play-along events at venues throughout the city. The celebration this year will be moving online to protect the health of our community. While we won’t be gathering in-person, the spirit remains the same.

Being a part of Make Music San Jose locally, and Make Music Day globally, carries more significance than ever. It is an opportunity for us to come together in spirit and celebrate the music that brings us joy. 

Duo, Stereo RV, performing at airport
Stereo RV at Mineta San Jose International Airport, photo by Dave Lepori


Join the (Virtual) Celebration!  

On June 21, 2020 from 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm we will be celebrating Make Music San Jose as a virtual event.

During the hours of the event, a virtual portal will be posted below. The portal will feature different channels representing a variety of musical genres and participatory events.

Each channel will feature live content streaming over the course of the day.


Post Online

On June 21, post a video or photo of yourself making music at home with the hashtag #makemusicsanjose


Contact Us

If you are interested sponsoring a channel or performing on a channel, email us at to learn more.




The virtual Make Music San Jose 2020 portal will be posted on June 21


Documentation of past Make Music San Jose celebrations below:


As part of the Street Studio event, San Jose producer Rey Resurreccion created an original song from samples gathered from the public in front of Circle A Skate Shop on Make Music San Jose 2019. Listen to the song he created. 




About Make Music Day


Other Important Information to Note


What is Make Music Day?

Make Music Day is a free celebration of music around the world on June 21st, the summer solstice. Make Music San Jose is the local San Jose celebration.

Make Music Day is open to anyone who wants to take part.

Today, Make Music Day is observed on the same day in more than 1,000 cities around the world. It is the world’s largest annual music event.


At what time do events take place?

In 2020, events will take place online from 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm on June 21. Please refer to the listings for specific event times.


How will the virtual Make Music San Jose work?

Make Music San Jose will set up an event portal featuring different channels. On June 21, the portal will go live. A visitor to the portal will be able to click on the channel of their choice and will be able to link to the performance/event happening at that moment. 

The link is provided by the performer/instructor. A Make Music San Jose website administrator will connect the link to the channel at the time of the performance. 

Channel host/curators are responsible for coordinating with the performers/instructors on their channel and collecting link information to share with the website administrators.


How can I sign up to host a channel or to play on a channel?

Email us at if you are interested in hosting a channel or performing on a channel.


Are performers required to use a specific streaming platform?

Performers are welcome to link to whichever virtual performance platform suits them best  (facebook live, instagram live, zoom, etc). Consider your audience when selecting a platform. It is best to use a platform that your audience is already using.


I’m not a musician, but I am interested in learning. What kind of opportunities are there for the musically curious? 

Several events are being planned for Make Music San Jose that require no prior musical experience—only a desire to have fun. Participatory events will be highlighted in the schedule.


Performers are welcome to collect tips via online services such as paypal or venmo during their virtual performance. Tips should go directly to the performer/instructor. Make Music San Jose will not collect tips on behalf of the performer nor will it compensate performers directly.  Channel sponsors and hosts may choose to work out their own arrangements with artists. 


Can I charge admission for a Make Music San Jose Concert or make it by “invitation only”?

No, all Make Music San Jose events must be free and open to the public.



Do you have questions or ideas?

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Make Music San Jose is facilitated by the City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs. The event is free and open to the public. Community partnerships and support make it possible!

We are proud to be a part of the national Make Music Alliance.