Three months ago on Make Music Day, 50 Americans – one from each state – joined a Zoom call with a complete stranger, who happened to be a professional songwriter.
Over the course of an hour, they talked about their lives as a heart surgeon in West Virginia, a cheesemaker in Vermont, a Biblical financial counselor in Arkansas, a political activist in Oregon, or as a member of the Iowa House of Representatives.
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 The American Song to travel to each state, and hear eloquent oral histories from this fascinating year, transformed into song by 50 songwriters.
The American Song 2021 – YouTube Playlist
The winter counterpart to Make Music Day returns on Tuesday, 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, percussion, and more.
It's a joyful way to ring in the longest night of the year, and celebrate the end of 2021.
- 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!
Longstanding Make Music Day partner Alfred Music was back in force on June 21, 2021, donating 1,600 copies of their fantastic ukulele primer "It's Ukulele Time."
Dozens of Make Music Day ukulele events passed out the books, giving everyone an introduction to the instrument and a set of classic songs to play together.
Many thanks to Alfred Music for this generous contribution!
The Make Music Alliance is proud to be a partner for "Welcoming Week", organized by Welcoming America.
Welcoming Week, from September 10-19, is a time when a chorus of thousands — in communities large and small, rural and urban — celebrate the benefits of an inclusive society and deepen their commitment to creating places that are welcoming to everyone, including immigrants.
Just as Make Music Day embraces every kind of musician from every community, Welcoming Week celebrates a spirit of unity in our diverse society. The week's kick-off event begins September 9th at 6pm ET but there are other events all week.
Check out the full listings here!
We'd also like to give another shout-out to our national Make Music Day partners this year, with special thanks to the NAMM Foundation, without whom our work would not be possible.
Congratulations to all who took part in last month's Make Music Day!
More than 3,334 music-making events took place in the U.S. on June 21 – twice as many as 2020 — along with performances by thousands more musicians in 120 countries around the world who celebrated the day.
Special congratulations go to the Make Music chapters in Chicago, Hawaii, Kansas City, Madison, New York, and Salem (OR) who each organized 100+ events on June 21.
Check out our 220 press clips about Make Music Day, from media outlets in 74 U.S. cities, to learn about events you may have missed!
- "Goings On About Town: Make Music New York," by Jay Ruttenberg, The New Yorker, June 12, 2021
- "60 performers will take over 30 venues across the city for Make Music Cincinnati," by Sarah Michels, Cincinnati Enquirer, June 17, 2021
- "Entertainment: Make Music Hawaii day celebrates local artists and musicians," Hawaii News Now, June 3, 2021
- "Charlotte Celebrating Make Music Day With Several Pop-Up Performances," by Sarah Tate, iHeartRadio, June 9, 2021
- "You're invited to make music," by T.S. Last, Albuquerque Journal, June 13, 2021
- "Allen celebrates international Make Music Day with an instrument ‘petting zoo,’ free concerts," by Brandi Addison, Dallas Morning News, June 10, 2021
- "Make Music Madison coming Monday to private driveways, public parks and street corners," by Gayle Worland, Wisconsin State Journal, June 19, 2021
- "Make Music Day Salem Marks Return of Summer," by Virginia Barreda, Salem Statesman Journal, June 20, 2021
- "Kansas City Set To 'Make Music'," KCUR (NPR), June 18, 2021
- "Houston Matters (June 21, 2021)," by Michael Hagerty, Houston Public Media, June 21, 2021
See more press clips here!
This year, Make Music Day welcomes national partner Casio, with their new, highly portable CT-S200 keyboard (weighing less than 8 pounds).
Casio is providing 25 keyboards for Make Music Day performances in far-flung locations around the country: down a mineshaft in Platteville WI, on a mountain trail outside El Paso TX, in a zebra enclosure at a Philadelphia zoo, on the roof of the Liberty Memorial Tower in Kansas City, and many more.
Follow the hashtag #casiomusicgearMMD today to see all of these performances, from everywhere!