Make Music Day

May 25, 2018

Street Studio Cities

For the past three years on June 21st, small mobile recording studios have magically appeared on sidewalks in cities across the world.

These Street Studio Cities, organized with Found Sound Nation, bring world-class DJs and producers onto the streets for Make Music Day. Thanks to Harman, the official sound of Make Music Day Street Studios, producers will set up tables with AKG mics, JBL speakers, and a variety of instruments in ten international cities – including Bangalore, Budapest, Moscow, Querétero, and Tokyo – and invite passersby to join in a completely improvised music creation session. At the end of the day, each producer will mix down one track, using only the material recorded on-site, to share the sounds of their city with the world.

Are you a producer? We invite you to bring your gear outside on Make Music Day, and add your city to the mix! For more details, download Found Sound Nation’s Street Studio Field Guide (pdf), then send us an email if you are interested.

May 6, 2018

Make Music City of the Week: Chattanooga

As Make Music Chattanooga enters its third year, it has already become a keenly anticipated celebration, with 60+ free musical events in the Scenic City on June 21.

Part of its success comes from Make Music Chattanooga’s unexpected and charming participatory projects. This year, Surprise Saxophone Solos puts saxophonists in stores and waiting rooms to surprise customers with a quick performance of the saxophone solo from George Michael’s “Careless Whisper.” Drum Duets places two drum kits side by side, inviting the public to jam or take an on-the-spot drum lesson. And for the Usher Themed Car Karaoke, people will bring their lovers and friends to sing songs by homegrown superstar Usher, while sitting in a Green Commuter car parked at a solar-powered charging station.

Sign up on the Make Music Chattanooga website to be part of it!

May 6, 2018

Make Music Venue of the Week: Mount Rushmore

On June 21, Make Music Black Hills will present a full day of music in a truly spectacular location: the Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

Seven local musical groups – including a marching band, a chorus, and a ukulele orchestra – will perform under the famous faces of violinist Thomas Jefferson, classical music patron Theodore Roosevelt, operagoer Abraham Lincoln, and George Washington, father of the country (and of musicians).

Visit the Make Music Black Hills website for more details and updates!

May 6, 2018

Guitar Gatherings

In partnership for the second year, C. F. Martin & Co. (Martin Guitar) and Alfred Music invite guitarists everywhere to join an epic, nationwide Mass Appeal project on June 21.

Mass Appeal brings together thousands of musicians – of all levels and ages – to make music in large, single-instrument groups. Around the country, guitarists of all levels will gather to play six classic songs and make music together. Free songbooks will be distributed so that everyone can play along.

This year’s songs will include “Satisfaction,” “House of the Rising Sun,” “She Loves You,” “Ghostbusters,” and “If I Only Had A Brain.”

Interested in organizing a Mass Appeal Guitar event in your town? Email us for details!

May 6, 2018

How to Make Make Music Day

Are you leading a Make Music Day event this year, but not sure what to do or how to get the word out?

Fear not – we have put together extensive materials that are ready for you to download and use, including a toolkit (updated for 2018) with event ideas and sample press releases, logos, pre-made digital assets, photos, videos and more.

It’s all in the Media Resources section of our website. Feel free to use any and all!

And if you are in a city with a local Make Music chapter, you are in luck – reach out to them, they are here to help.

April 22, 2018

Make Music City of the Week: Hartford

Make Music Day resounds across the Constitution State on June 21! Ten regional chapters, coordinated by the Connecticut Office of the Arts, are organizing Make Music Connecticut events in cities large and small.

In the state capital, planning for Make Music Hartford is well underway, with music for every taste: Kirtan concerts to kazoos, Brazilian drumming to electronica.

Check out their website for more details, and to sign up yourself! (The registration deadline is May 21.)

April 22, 2018

Make Music Artist of the Week: Lucius Talley

Nashville native Lucius Talley is behind one of this year’s most unexpected Make Music Day events.

At the Nashville International Airport on June 21, Mr. Talley will invite travelers to participate in a mass spoon play-along event, in partnership with Arts at the Airport and the National Museum of African American Music, where Mr. Talley has been a teaching artist since 2014.

Mr. Talley’s spoon-playing career began in collaboration with the late Bobby Hebb (famous for his 1966 hit “Sunny”). He has performed the spoons on America’s Got TalentNashville, and a variety of commercials. In addition to his talent with the spoons, Mr. Talley is also a percussionist and woodwind artist. Watch him in action!

April 21, 2018

Hohner Harmonica Hangs

For the sixth straight year, Hohner joins Make Music Day with an epic, nationwide harmonica blow out.

On June 21, some 4,000 first-time players will learn the basics of the instrument in massive, outdoor lessons and jam sessions held in over 40 cities across North America. After the free lessons – many led by Hohner artists – each player will get to keep their own high-quality Hohner Blues Band harmonica, to continue playing and learning at home.

All event details will be posted on our Mass Appeal page as they are confirmed.

April 20, 2018

Make Music Now in 75+ U.S. Cities

From marching bands to Tuvan throat singers, musicians across the country will join forces on Thursday June 21 for Make Music Day, the world’s largest annual music event.

In 2018, over 75 U.S. cities – 50% more than last year! – are celebrating Make Music Day on a grand scale. New chapters in Connecticut, Austin TX, Cincinnati OHLong Beach CA, and dozens of others are bringing the holiday to their city for the first time.

Check out the previews from Rolling Stone and Billboard, and then find a celebration near you!