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December 24, 2023

Make Music Winter – thank you!

Selected Press Coverage:

Santa, Snow White pitch perfect in holiday fete,” by Lance Masterson, Polk County Itemizer-Observer, December 27, 2023
Flatfoot Flatbush celebrates arrival of winter,” by Julia Joseph and Adolfo Carrion, News 12 Brooklyn, December 21, 2023
Make Music Winter,” The Isthmus, December 21, 2023
Harbor Happenings: Make Music Day celebrates start of winter,” by Charlee Glock-Jackson, Gig Harbor Now, December 19, 2023
Montclair Make Music Winter: A Day of Music and Community,” Montclair Local, December 19, 2023
Make Music Winter Event: Radiant Revelry,” Mommy Poppins, December 15, 2023
What’s Happening: Jane Austen, Framing the Female Gaze, Hip-Hop Exhibit, and parrandas,” by David Garate, Bronx Times, December 13, 2023
Things To Do: Flatfoot Flatbush,” by Christina Izzo, Time Out New York, December 12, 2023
Depot Green to light up for the holidays on Thursday,” by Cathy Spaulding, Muskogee Phoenix, November 28, 2023

December 14, 2023

Next week: Make Music Winter!

Make Music Winter is just around the corner, with 33 cities joining to create a musical winter solstice on Thursday, December 21!

Just-announced events include:

As always, Make Music Winter events are 100% free and open to all. Visit makemusicwinter.org for the full schedule, and then join a music-making event near you!

November 21, 2023

Make Music Winter: the complete 2023 schedule

We are thrilled to announce this year’s lineup of 40+ free, participatory parades and performances for Make Music Winter on Thursday, December 21.

Across the country, join a unique participatory event to celebrate the first day of Winter!

Of course, there is so much more, from ukulele jams to caroling parties. Not to mention cities like Montclair, NJ, New York, NY, Ossining, NY and Salem, OR that go all-out with winter revelry all over town.

Visit www.makemusicwinter.org to see it all!

November 3, 2023

Featured Nonprofit Partner: Music Performance Trust Fund

This past June 21, for the 9th year in a row, the Music Performance Trust Fund supported dozens of special initiatives for Make Music Day across the U.S. These events, ranging from songwriting workshops to West African drumming sessions, gave professional musicians the chance to mentor up-and-coming players while providing a high-quality concert to the public.

The MPTF contributed to an astonishing 51 Make Music programs in 2023, more than double the number in 2022! Our deepest thanks go to the MPTF for supporting so much music.

November 3, 2023

Make Music Winter – next month!

As we speak, dozens of projects are in the works for Make Music Winter on Thursday December 21!

Among the many creative music-making opportunities, we are especially excited to see Roomful of Pianos return this winter in Charlotte NC, Crystal Lake IL, Duluth GA, Phoenix AZ and more, uniting the piano community in colossal multi-piano events that anyone can join. (Roomful of Pianos originated at the NAMM Show, where it will return once again in January!)

All details of Make Music Winter will be announced later this month. If you have an event in mind, it’s not too late to add your own participatory event to the program! Just click the registration button and we will get in touch right away.

September 12, 2023

Featured Nonprofit Partners: Hyperscore and Musicians On Call

If you’ve been part of Make Music Day before, you might want to know about two other nonprofits with interesting opportunities to get involved throughout the year.

Hyperscore is an innovative, game-like music composition tool originally developed at the MIT Media Lab, that allows anyone to compose music by drawing dots and lines on a screen – no musical knowledge is needed, just your imagination.

This academic year, Hyperscore is offering free accounts to anyone who would like to join; there are monthly Zoom tutorials to help you with your work, and a challenge to complete a piece and share it online or at an in-person performance on Make Music Day 2024.

Sign up here to set up your free account and start composing!

Musicians On Call is a nonprofit organization that brings the healing power of music to patients, families and caregivers in healthcare environments across the country. By delivering the benefits of music, we aim to lift spirits, reduce anxiety, and create a positive environment for healing. MOC is look for volunteers to help us continue to make a difference:

To apply, visit musiciansoncall.org/get-involved.

September 12, 2023

Announcing Make Music Winter 2023!

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

Make Music Winter is a series of free, outdoor musical celebrations, 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, gongs, and more.

It’s a joyful way to ring in the longest night of the year, and celebrate the end of 2023.

For December 21, we are looking for events that turn audiences into music makers, in a true “make music” spirit!

Some popular initiatives will return from previous years, including String Together, Roomful of Pianos, Bell by Bell, and The Resonant Path. We can help you bring one of these ideas to life in your community, or you can come up with something completely new! 

For more inspiration and guidance for what Make Music Winter can look like, visit makemusicwinter.org and check out the photos, videos, and handbooks.

Have an idea of what you want to do? 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.

June 29, 2023

Mark your calendar for Make Music Winter: December 21, 2023!

June 29, 2023

Thank you to our national sponsors!

June 29, 2023

Make Music Day – thank you!

Congratulations to all who took part in last week’s Make Music Day!

An astounding 4,791 music-making events took place in the U.S. on June 21 – 25% more than in 2022 – along with performances by thousands more musicians in 120 countries around the world who celebrated the day.

Check out 206 press clips about Make Music Day 2023, from media outlets in 71 U.S. cities, to learn about events you may have missed!

And congratulations to the winners of this year’s #MySongIsYourSong prize drawing, Damian Morris from Sydney Australia, and Ryan Oyer from Chattanooga, TN. Damian and Ryan will each receive a concert ukulele from Flight, a Scarlett 4i4 audio interface, and a Launchkey 37. Their performances, and others, are posted on the #MySongIsYourSong page.