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Bell By Bell for Make Music Winter

Make Music Winter is just one month away, coming to a city near you on December 21!

Among many other events, our signature Bell by Bell program will return nationwide in 2022, featuring the world premieres of new compositions by Brian Chase (from the Grammy-nominated Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and Glenn Kotche (from Wilco).

In eight cities on the winter solstice, an event leader will distribute dozens of color-coded diatonic bells to the crowd, one color per note. At the front of the group, a team of conductors will wave corresponding colored flags to lead the group in slowly moving music by the composers, creating a sonorous, atmospheric soundscape. Anyone and everyone can join this magical winter experience.

Find your nearest Make Music Winter event here. (And if you're planning your own free, participatory event on December 21, let us know.)

A Sneak Peek at Make Music Winter

Make Music Winter is just seven weeks away!

Among the dozens of projects in the works for Wednesday, December 21st, we are especially excited to present The Resonant Path in six cities this year. This initiative will ring in the winter solstice with a series of gongs spaced out along a walking path, played continuously by percussionists over the course of an hour and creating waves of sound as the audience walks past.

We will make a nationwide Make Music Winter announcement on November 8th, and it's not too late to add your own participatory event to the program! Just fill out this form if you are interested and we will get in touch right away.

Announcing Make Music Winter 2022!


Photo © 2021 Andrew D. Marks

The winter counterpart to Make Music Day returns on Wednesday, December 21!

Make Music Winter is a series of free, outdoor musical parades, taking place last year in 30+ U.S. cities. People of all ages, musical abilities, and backgrounds meet up to promenade and play participatory music for bells, electric guitars, voices, rewired children’s toys, and more.

It’s a joyful way to ring in the longest night of the year, and celebrate the end of 2022.

  • If you’re interested in leading an event for Make Music Winter on December 21, just fill out this form. We will get back to you right away.
  • For more ideas of what Make Music Winter can look like, visit makemusicwinter.org for photos, videos, and press coverage from prior years.
  • Check out our handbooks for six popular Make Music Winter projects. Take these ideas and run with them in your own city, or use them as inspiration for something new!

A Look Back: MPTF on June 21

For the 8th straight year, the Music Performance Trust Fund supported dozens of special initiatives for Make Music Day in the U.S. on June 21, from flute choirs to Latin music sing-alongs, giving professional musicians the chance to mentor up-and-coming players while providing a high-quality concert to the public.
 

We thank the MPTF for supporting so much music, and send our congratulations on their upcoming 75th Anniversary celebration! Visit their website to learn more.

Right Now: Sweetwater’s GearFest

If you've been inspired by Make Music Day to upgrade your gear and start making more music, our friends at Sweetwater Sound are hosting their annual GearFest today and tomorrow, at Sweetwater.com — check it out!

Since 2016, Sweetwater has been a crucial supporter and sponsor for Make Music Day, spreading the word to customers and even organizing Make Music Fort Wayne for several years. The company is renowned among musicians not only for great deals on music gear, but for being remarkably hands-on and personable.

Thank you to Sweetwater for helping to build a community of music makers!

Make Music Day – thank you!


Congratulations to all who took part in Tuesday's Make Music Day!

More than 3,000 music-making events took place in the U.S. on June 21, along with performances by thousands more musicians in 120 countries around the world who celebrated the day.

  • Check out 134 press clips about Make Music Day 2022, from media outlets in 60 U.S. cities, to learn about events you may have missed!
     
  • Congratulations to the winner of this year's Young Composers Contest, Matthias Bergmann of Austria! A recording of his piece has been recorded by The Swingles and posted on our site.
     
  • Great videos are coming in from #MySongIsYourSong partners, with a few dozen already posted here.
     
  • And the Global Live Stream is available for replay, with performances from Australia, Germany, UK, India, the US, and more!

Street Studios Return!


After a two-year pause during the pandemic, Street Studio Cities returns to the streets tomorrow for Make Music Day!

Street Studio Cities, organized with Found Sound Nation and HARMAN, bring music producers onto the streets on June 21, setting up mobile recording studios on sidewalks, plazas, and parks. In one afternoon, producers invite passersby from the community to join in a completely improvised music creation session. At the end of the day, each producer mixes down one track, using only the material recorded on-site, to share the sounds of their city with the world.

This year's producers – including Trayer Tryon (from Hundred Waters), Jeremy Thal (Neutral Milk Hotel), and Nandi Rose (Half Waif) – will be stationed in 11 cities in 5 countries, ready to record and make street life more musical.

See the full schedule here!

Partner of the Week: Harman

Harman has been a crucial supporter of Make Music Day for the last seven years, part of their unwavering commitment to music and music education.

Not only do they sponsor the international Street Studio Cities, but Harman employees get into Make Music Day on a very personal level. From Detroit to Poland, employees on June 21 will perform in musical talent shows, learn new instruments, and play music with each other, all over the world.

Thank you Harman for your global leadership!

Make Music Country of the Week: Nigeria

Since 2016, Make Music Lagos has brought hundreds of outstanding  participatory events – and superstars like King Sunny Adé – to public spaces in the city each June 21.

Now the organizers are going even bigger, expanding their event into a nationwide Make Music Nigeria, with events in Lagos, Abuja, Akwa Ibom, Ibadan, and beyond! And over 160 Nigeria songwriters are participating in #MySongIsYourSong from all over the country.

Learn more on their website!