Window Serenades share the joy of live music with isolated elderly people, bringing solo musicians or small groups to play outside nursing home windows for those who request a song.
Created to provide safe, socially distanced performances for Make Music Day on June 21, Window Serenades are just as relevant for Make Music Winter, reaching those who are away from their families during the darkest days of the year.
We have created a new Window Serenades Handbook (pdf) to help plan a serenade near you. It’s an easy and enormously gratifying project.
Your ensemble can be the talk of the town for Make Music Winter in a new project called Citizens Band Radio.
On December 21, each member of your band will ride shotgun in a slow procession of cars, listening to a local community radio station, sheet music taped to the dashboard. At the appointed time, the station will broadcast a piece from your band’s repertoire. Using the radio as a click track, band members will stick their horns, tambourines, amps, and other instruments out the car windows and give an unforgettable, synchronized performance for people on the street or stuck in traffic.
If you and your band are interested, we will help you make this happen. (You can also organize Citizens Band Radio events for musicians on boats, or playing from neighboring rooftops or balconies.)
A restaurant owner in Missouri, a Marine reservist in Maine, and an orchard farmer in Massachusetts.
A college student in New Hampshire, a physical therapist in North Dakota, and a preschool teacher in New York.
For Make Music Day 2020, each of them – and 44 more, one from each state – chatted with a professional songwriter on June 21. That evening, over a second video chat, they experienced a live, private performance of a new song written that day, just for them, based on their stories.
Today we are proud to share the videos of all 50 of these intimate performances.
Browse through This American Song to travel to each state, hearing love stories, family tragedies, political awakenings, career choices, the joys of dog ownership, and everything else on people’s minds in this remarkable year, transformed into song.
The winter counterpart to Make Music Day is back on Monday, December 21!
Make Music Winter is a series of free, outdoor musical parades, taking place last year in 40 U.S. cities. People of all ages, musical abilities, and backgrounds meet up to promenade and play participatory music for bells, electric guitars, percussion, and more.
It’s a joyful (and socially-distanced) way to ring in the longest night of the year, and celebrate the end of 2020.
Congratulations to all who took part in Make Music Day – whether at home or in public, virtually or physically, alone or together! More than 1,500 music-making events were shared in the U.S. on June 21, along with performances by thousands of musicians in 120 countries around the world who celebrated the day.
And check out the footage from our international livestream on June 21st, with 12 hours of live performances from Australia, Bulgaria, Colombia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, the U.K., U.S., and many more.
For the fourth year, more than 30 buildings and landmarks around the country will turn orange in honor of Make Music Day!
Three bridges, four City Halls, and national landmarks like Niagara Falls, Crazy Horse Memorial, and Hawaii’s Aloha Tower will all participate by turning orange – evoking the sun, the start of summer, and the Make Music Day logo – on June 21 or the night before.