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The Make Music Alliance is Hiring!


An exciting position is now open on the Make Music Alliance team!

If you love Make Music Day and are excited to bring this musical holiday to the world, we invite you to check out and share the position below.

MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER (PART TIME)
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Marketing & Communications Manager is responsible for maintaining the online presence of the Make Music Alliance, with a focus on on-boarding and training chapter administrators to build out a WordPress template site, and manage their events using Gemini, a unique musician/venue matchmaking platform.

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Coming Soon for Make Music Winter: The Mutant Toy Parade

Make Music Winter is less than two months away!

Among the dozens of projects in the works for Tuesday, December 21st, we are especially excited to present The Mutant Toy Parade, a participatory composition by Argentine artist Laureano Cantarutti taking place in 10 U.S. cities. Children and adults are invited to come and experiment with three types of "circuit bent" modified toys, designed by Cantarutti and assembled by local musicians in each city.

After a brief rehearsal, everyone will parade through the streets playing music using the toys and hand percussion. At the end of the event, participants will get to keep the toy instruments as a holiday gift, and take them home for further experimentation.

If you're interested in joining a Mutant Toy Parade, or leading a brand-new participatory event on December 21, it's not too late! Just fill out this form.

50 Songs from 50 States on Make Music Day


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

Announcing Make Music Winter 2021!

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!

A Look Back: Alfred Music on Make Music Day

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!

Happening Now: Welcoming Week

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!

Make Music Day – Thank You!


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!