Make Music Boston is a live, free musical celebration on June 21, the longest day of the year! Enjoy and participate in concerts on streets, sidewalks, and parks across the city!
Make Music Boston is a free music festival like no other!
On June 21, 2024 – the longest day of the year – the streets of Boston come alive with hundreds of free live music performances and events for all ages and genres of music!
In partnership with the Boston BID and the City of Boston, Make Music Boston will include four signature activations:
- Summer Solstice Festival in Downtown Crossing
- Lunch-time Music Pop-Ups from Downtown to Dorchester
- Ultimate Jam Session in Dewey Square
Make Music Boston is powered locally by Boston Music Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit providing nearly 2,000 youth with weekly music education at 22 Boston schools with a team of 52 teaching artists.
Christopher Schroeder, Boston Music Project
Andrew Kucenski, Boston Music Project
George Comeau, Downtown Boston BID
Maria Finkelmeier, Berklee College of Music
After a long hiatus, Make Music Boston is returning in 2023!
Musicians: All styles, ages, and experience levels are invited to register to perform and participate on Make Music Day! You can play one set or schedule as many as you like. Anyone and everyone!
Venues: Whether you have a garden, pontoon boat, sidewalk, café, or other space in mind, it’s easy and there’s no cost to participate.
- Venue Registration Opens: March 31st at 8 AM
- Musician Registration Opens & Matchmaking Begins: April 7th at 8 AM
- Registration Closes: May 25th at 11:59 PM
- Matchmaking Ends: June 1st at 11:59 PM
- Venue Material Pick Up: June 11th 11 AM – 2 PM
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What is Matchmaking?
Matchmaking is our system of connecting musicians with venues. After creating an account, venues can browse musician profiles and vice versa and participants request a booking. A few tips:
- Don’t be shy! Feel free to send requests. It helps to put yourself out there and you can book as many shows as you want.
- Respond to requests in a timely manner. No one likes to wait to hear back. If it’s not a good fit, let the other party know so they can move on.
- Follow up! You can send direct messages through the system or reach out via phone or email.
- In the end, just about everyone who wants to participate will match up. If you need assistance, send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who can host?
- Is your venue located in the City of Boston?
- Is it free and accessible to the public?
- Can you maintain a 6′ clearance on the sidewalk for the pedestrian passage?
Parks: Want to claim a city park for your stage? Once you identify a park that meets your needs, email email@example.com and we’ll reserve it for you if it is still available, no permitting or fees required.
Questions? – See our FAQ which covers many questions about matchmaking, registration, marketing, and more! Or email firstname.lastname@example.org.