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What is Make Music Hartford?

Make Music Hartford is a part of the international Make Music Day movement which brings free, community-wide, outdoor musical celebrations to hundreds of cities worldwide! Every year, the celebration is held on June 21, the summer solstice, in more than 1,000 communities around the world.

Make Music Hartford will feature musicians of all abilities and music from any genre. Sidewalks, parks, front porches, and public spaces throughout the city, as well as virtual spaces, will become stages for local musicians to perform and for all to enjoy. Everyone is invited to participate in this international day of music by performing, providing an outdoor space, appreciating, or volunteering. It’s all for the love of music!

Make Music Hartford is brought to you by the Greater Hartford Arts Council as part of our mission to be a catalyst for the arts.

Participate

Make Music Hartford returns on June 21, 2022!

Make Music Day was founded on the notion that music has the power to bring people together. In times joy and hardship, both active and passive participation in music is healing and celebratory. Let’s take the opportunity to come together as a community and make music on June 21st.

We want to get out and play just as much as you do! Check back for updates on Make Music Hartford events through the spring of 2022.

You can follow us on Facebook and Instagram to see what we share!

2022 Spotlight Events: 

Sousapalooza: 

Were you in marching band in school or do you play a brass or woodwind instrument? Get together with a group of friends and strangers to play the music of The March King, John Philip Sousa! Our friends at the University of Hartford’s Hartt School are partnering with us to conduct the group. You won’t want to miss being a part of the band or seeing the performance! Register and becoming a part of the band! REGISTER HERE 

Time: 6pm – 7pm
Location: Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, 300 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford, CT
Conductor: Dan D’Addio

More Spotlight Events Coming Soon!

Musician and Venue Registration is OPEN

Musicians

All Instruments • All Genres • All Levels • All Ages

Sign Up as a Performer

Create your profile by submitting a bio, a photo, and any relevant website/social media links. Venues will be able to view your profile and request you to perform in their space. You can also browse available venues and when you find one you like, submit a request to them.

Venues:

Storefronts • Outdoor/Indoor Business spaces • Restaurants • Breweries • Concert Halls •Schools • Churches • Parks • Sidewalks • Front Porches • Museums • …and beyond

Sign Up as a Venue

Create a profile by submitting your location information and times you’d like to host music. Browse the musician profiles to request a performance.

Note: your venue will not show on the map if you do not have a confirmed performance. So, even if it is an open jam session on your front lawn, please enter that as a performance to help others find you.

Important Notice About Permits:

The Greater Hartford Arts Council will work with the City of Hartford to secure necessary permits for Make Music Hartford performers. Permits are required for any musician using city owned, public property such as sidewalks and city parks. Performances on private property do not require the same permits, but must abide by noise ordinances already in place. The Arts Council will assist with securing permits for performances confirmed in the registration system by June 14, 2022.

If a musical event happens in one of the Greater Hartford suburbs, it is up to the venue and musician to secure appropriate permits for that specific town or city.

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Support

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Make Music Hartford 2022 Sponsorship Opportunities Available!

Your support makes programs like Make Music Hartford possible. Discover branding opportunities for your company and help us connect people through music.
Interested in becoming a sponsor? Contact Roxane Sanders rsanders[at]letsgoarts.org

Make Music Hartford is a program of the Greater Hartford Arts Council, a non-profit organization whose mission is to be a catalyst for the arts and promote an equitable arts ecosystem in Greater Hartford.

Help us make events like Make Music Hartford possible. The Arts Council produces Make Music Hartford with the support of the Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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Special thanks to the volunteer photographers who helped capture Make Music Hartford in photos and videos: 

  • Denis Semenyaka
  • Dana Lynne Montanari
  • Ron White
  • Ray Shaw
  • Andres Calixto
  • Dwight Hatch
  • Evan Thomas
  • Haley Comstock
  • Heather Martin
  • Joseph Engberg
  • Steve Carlsberg

Blog

Scott’s Jamaican Bakery: Faces of #MakeMusicHartford

June 19, 2019

“We bake with love” is the motto for Scotts’ Jamaican Bakery. What more could you ask for in a longtime local business? For over 40 years, the Scott family bakery has been a staple in capital region cuisine with what started with one flagship bakery that expanded into three total branches. It only made sense toContinue Reading »

Nelson Bello: Faces of #MakeMusicHartford

June 17, 2019

Nelson Bello has certainly made the rounds. As an alumnus of both the original Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts and a student of Jackie McLean, Nelson has made a career out of collaborating. In addition to being an active recording artist, he serves as both accompanist and bandleader in several groups in the regionalContinue Reading »

Kirk Woodard: Faces of Make Music Hartford

June 16, 2019

If you’ve made it out to Black-Eyed Sally’s for a Jazz Monday, chances are you’ve seen Kirk play. If you’ve attended events with a jazz trio, your chances are even higher. Essentially, Kirk is one of Hartford’s go-to drummers for all things jazz. Having just graduated from The Hartt School’s inaugural Master of Music inContinue Reading »

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Press

Hartford Courant:Sounds of summer: Hartford’s Make music 2019 celebration had the city singing” (June 21, 2019) 

WTNH: Make Music Hartford Bigger Than Ever ” (June 20, 2019) 

Hartford Courant:Make Music Hartford Celebrating the winter solstice with parade, concerts, drink specials at area bars” (December 17, 2018)

National Make Music Winter Press Release: Make Music Winter to Expand Nationwide This December 21” (October 17, 2018)

Hartford Courant:Hartford Joins Global Make Music Day with Concerts Around the City” (June 21, 2018)

Hartford Courant:Music to Fill the Streets as Connecticut Joins Global Make Music Day” (June 18, 2018)

USA Today:Where to Celebrate Make Music Day Across the Country” (June 15, 2018)

Patch:Free Concerts Set for Make Music Day in West Hartford” (June 15, 2018)

Billboard Magazine:Make Music Day To Return This Summer With More Than 4,500 Concerts” (April 4, 2018)

Rolling Stone:‘Make Music Day’ Plots 4,500 Free Events, Concerts Nationwide” (April 3, 2018)

National Make Music Day Press Release:Make Music Day 2018 Returns On Thursday, June 21” (March 28, 2018)

Hartford Courant:Connecticut to Join Global Make Music Day” (March 14, 2018)

WILI 95.3 FM, Windham Arts Radio Review: Interview with Aaron Friedman of the Make Music Alliance (February 28, 2018)

Make Music Alliance: “Media Resources

 

Contact

Amanda Roy playing the drums.

Get in touch with us…

Amanda Roy
Director of Community Impact
Greater Hartford Arts Council

aroy[at]letsgoarts.org