Make Music


Make Music Worcester is an annual free, outdoor day of music held on the summer solstice, June 21.

Completely different from a typical music festival, Make Music is open to anyone who wants to take part. Every kind of musician — young and old, amateur and professional, of every musical persuasion — pours onto streets, parks, plazas, and porches to share their music with friends, neighbors, and strangers. All of it is free and open to the public.

Make Music Day began in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique, it is now held on the same day in more than 750 cities in 120 countries.

Make Music Worcester invites all members of the Worcester community to join in the celebration of live music by performing, hosting musical acts, and attending the free concerts and programs.

Make Music Worcester is being presented by The Worcester Arts Council in partnership with WICN and Music Worcester.


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Want to learn more about Make Music Worcester?   Would you like to volunteer or tell us about your programming ideas.

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When we say, Performed by Anyone, Enjoyed by Everyone, we really mean it.  Make Music Worcester is seeking musicians of all skill levels who would like to perform or June 21, and venues who would like to host them.

To sign up as a performer or venue, click here to access the “match-making” service and follow these instructions:

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!

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

Special Programs: Not sure you’re ready to go out on your own?  Make Music Worcester is in the process of planning a series of music lessons, jam sessions, and interactive workshops that will be open to everyone.  These programs will be announced as they are finalized.

Volunteers: Make Music Worcester is looking for volunteers who are willing to help us with our event.  If you are willing to spend a few hours helping us out, please email us at and we’ll see you on June 21st!


Worcester Makes Music – Worcester Magazine 3-30-2017

A day for music: Make Music Day debuts in Worcester – Worcester Magazine 3-24-17

Worcester to take part in ‘Make Music Day’ – Worcester Telegram 3-24-17

Sponsors program is supported by a grant from the Worcester Arts Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.




Worcester Magazine


Signing up in the Matchmaking System

April 16, 2017

Our information session at Brew on the Grid was so much fun. Thanks to all of the supporters and music organizations that attended and talked to us about your ideas for Make Music Day in Worcester. It’s great to have so much interest. We are very excited to begin matching performers and venues in theContinue Reading »

The Wheels are in Motion

April 3, 2017

It’s been 10 days since our “big announcement” of Make Music Day and we have been overwhelmed with the support of the Worcester community.  Make Music Worcester received 100 likes on facebook in the first 24 hours!  Worcester Magazine published a great article about the event last week which can be found on their website.  Performers andContinue Reading »

Welcome to Make Music Day Worcester!

March 20, 2017

Hello everyone, We here at the Worcester Arts Council are so excited to be bringing Make Music Day to Worcester.  When we had the idea 9 months ago, we jumped right in and started planning.  The support we have received so far from the city, the Make Music Alliance, and basically everyone we talked toContinue Reading »


Are you serious that anyone can perform?

Yes.  Make Music Day is meant for everyone, any age any ability.  If you have an instrument or a voice to share, we welcome you to sign up as a performer.  If you aren’t totally confident in your abilities as a performer, there are lots of opportunities to participate in group lessons, music jams, or sing-a-longs.  Everyone is welcome. 

Can my location be a Make Music Day venue?

Probably, yes.  We encourage outdoor music performances, but keep in mind that all performances are required to adhere to the City of Worcester sound ordinance found on the City website, and the street performer regulations.  Note there are special restrictions near schools, hospitals, courts, and medical offices.*  Performances in outdoor spaces also cannot block pedestrian access or cause any other public safety issues. 

Please note that all Make Music Day performance venues must be registered with the matchmaking website to be considered official.

*Performances in city parks are only allowed in designated Make Music Day performance locations.  To perform in a park, create a performer profile in the matchmaking website and request one of the park locations as a venue.

If you are unsure about whether your location is an acceptable venue, please contact us at

Can I get a venue with electricity?

Maybe.  The majority of locations where performances are to be held are in city parks, where there will not be electricity.  There will be a few select venue locations where power will be available, and we will do our best to accommodate you, but we cannot guarantee power to everyone.  Please consider offering to give an acoustic performance if possible, even if it’s something you don’t usually do.  We’re all about trying new things on Make Music Day.