Each year, over 1000 cities around the world throw citywide music celebrations on June 21.
It all started 40 years ago in France.
In 1982, France’s Ministry of Culture dreamed up an idea for a new kind of musical holiday. They imagined a day where free, live music would be everywhere: street corners and parks, rooftops and gardens, store fronts and mountaintops.
And, unlike a typical music festival, anyone and everyone would be invited to join and play music, or host performances. The event would take place on the summer solstice, June 21, and would be called Fête De La Musique. (In French, the name means both “festival of music” and “make music!”)
Amazingly enough, this dream has come true. The Fête has turned into a true national holiday: France shuts down on the summer solstice and musicians take over. Almost 8% of the country (5 million people) have played an instrument or sung in public for the Fête de la Musique.
Three decades later, the holiday has spread throughout the world and is now celebrated in more than 120 countries. In the U.S., the presenting sponsor is the NAMM Foundation.
Tuesday, June 21, 2022 is the Inaugural Make Music Day Atlanta!
On Tuesday June 21, 2022 from Noon to 9 p.m. EST the inaugural Make Music Day Atlanta launches on summer solstice in conjunction with over 100 cities around the world. This one-day celebration will showcase music by local artists throughout Atlanta’s neighborhood commercial districts.
MMDATL mobilizes the community to self-produce a collaborative city-wide celebration where music is the medium and independent businesses and nontraditional venues are the location. The event is free and open to the public.