Make Music
San Jose


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. Amateur musicians play in public spaces, often for their first time. Professional musicians perform for new audiences, who come out from under their headphones. And everyone is invited to sing along and enjoy the first day of summer.

Today, Make Music Day is observed on the same day in more than 750 cities around the world. It is the world’s largest annual music event.

At what time do events take place?

Events will be taking place from sunrise to sunset on June 21, starting at approximately 6:00 am until 9:00 pm. Please refer to the listings for specific event times. Listings will be published online in mid-May 2019.

Who can play?

Anyone and everyone.  All musicians are welcome, regardless of whether they are amateurs, professionals, students, or established artists.

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. Several locations will be hosting free lessons and “Play-Along” events, which encourage anyone and everyone to join in. Check out the events listing or follow the Play-Alongs – Participatory Programs link for locations.

Where do the musicians play?

Possible locations for musicians include, parks, plazas, schools, courtyards or community gardens. Get creative!  If you want to use a location not already on the venue list, send an email to with a proposal of what you want to do and who you have already spoken to at the location and we’ll do our best to make it happen. As a reminder, please do not sign up a venue you do not own, operate, or manage. 

How can I sign up to play or host a performance?

Make Music San Jose uses a “match-finding” platform that allows you to register as a performer or venue and to request a performance with registered venues or musicians that fit your tastes.  This platform works like a dating site of sorts, in that it is up to you to be proactive and make the match and to follow up once the match is made. If you already have a venue and performers confirmed, great! You can register your event as a “self-match” to get your event in the listings. Click here to register.

Having trouble registering?

To view detailed video tutorials on how to use the matchmaking software, please see below.



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Can I register multiple locations or artists to participate in Make Music San Jose?

Absolutely! You are welcome to create multiple venue profiles if you would like to host concerts in more than one location. And, if you play in more than one group, or are curating a show with multiple bands, you can create profiles for each one. Just be sure to create a separate profile for each location and each artist, so that each one can be officially matched in the system and included in our promotions.

I’d like to take full advantage of Make Music San Jose and perform all over town!

Scheduling more than one performance is fine. However, please allow reasonable time for travel and set-up if you plan to perform more than once.

How do I curate a show with multiple artists? Or, what if I want to play on the same show as my friends?

Each artist should sign up separately — we need to have a unique musical description and web address for everyone. 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 group signs up now, and has to back out later?

Once your event is confirmed by your chosen location and by Make Music San Jose, we will block off your spot. 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.

Who will provide a stage/backline/tuned grand piano/ for my concert?

Make Music San Jose is not a typical music festival. The spirit of the day is that of a holiday: people getting together in their own neighborhoods, creating their own musical events in a do-it-yourself fashion. Make Music San Jose provides the framework and helps facilitate the match making process — the rest is up to you! Artists and locations are responsible for producing their own events. This includes finding electricity, and providing whatever equipment is needed.

Artists and venues are welcome to make any financial arrangements they wish, as long as the concerts are free to attend, un-ticketed, and open to the public.

As the Make Music facilitators, we do not pay musicians directly. As the coordinators of Make Music Day, we are simply setting up the framework for performances to happen and publicizing the event citywide.

What will Make Music San Jose do to help promote my concert?

All confirmed performances made through the matchmaking platform are promoted on the Make Music San Jose website through listings, interactive maps, smartphone apps for iOS and Android, and dynamically-created promotional posters. Remaining promotions (social media, radio, TV, print media) will be for Make Music San Jose as a whole. We rely on the musicians and venues to promote their own shows in all the ways they normally would — sending out email blasts, putting up notices on websites, calling up their friends, etc.

Do I need a permit and insurance for my event?

Permits and insurance may be required depending on the venue. We will work with you to determine the requirements. Please note, we will not be able to accommodate requests after May 21.

Can performers sell CDs, or ask for donations?
Musicians are not allowed to solicit donations nor can we provide the permits to allow vending at your event.  On the other hand, musicians are encouraged to pass out fliers to promote their upcoming shows and recordings, ask listeners to sign their mailing list, and generally promote themselves.

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.

Can we serve alcohol at our event?

Venues with existing alcohol and entertainment permits are welcome to participate and are responsible for adhering to the regulations of those existing permits. Otherwise, Make Music San Jose is an alcohol free event.