Make Music


“It is the mission of Make Music Cincinnati to support music education and musical activities in the Greater Cincinnati area by making music accessible to all people.”

What is Make Music Cincinnati?

Make Music Cincinnati is part of Make Music Day, the global music celebration happening in over 1,000+ international cities.  It’s a free, citywide, outdoor day of music held annually on the summer solstice, June 21. Make Music Cincinnati turns the city into a stage welcoming a full spectrum of performers. Initiated in 2018 as Cincinnati’s entry into the international summer solstice music celebration, we join hundreds of millions of people all over the world for Make Music Day. 

Make Music Cincinnati is presented by the funding and support of ArtsWave, Buddy Roger’s Music, Cincinnati Arts Association, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and more.

In 2021 our celebration takes place on a Monday. Parks, coffee shops, restaurants, front porches, and businesses all over Cincinnati will fill their locations with song. Lunch patrons may find themselves serenaded by a middle school string quartet. And after 5, the city will ring with music.

Make Music Cincinnati is:

  • Performed by Anyone, Enjoyed by Everyone.
  • A way for all Cincinnatians to celebrate the summer solstice, enjoying the longest day of the year, while sampling a buffet of musical merriment.
  • A DIY city-wide celebration when almost any way to make music can and will happen.  
  • Make Music Cincinnati is open to music makers of all ages, skill levels, and musical persuasions.

When and Where will Make Music Cincinnati take place?

The next Make Music Cincinnati will take place on the summer solstice, Monday, June 21, 2021 at over 40 locations across Cincinnati.

Who is Make Music Cincinnati?

Make Music Cincinnati is Performed by Anyone, Enjoyed by Everyone, and takes a dedicated team of volunteers to bring it all together. We have a small board comprised primarily of group leads for larger teams of volunteers who focus on venues, musicians, matchmaking, mass appeal events, technology, publicity, and fundraising. 

Founders are Hayley and Brandon Voorhees of Cincinnati, Ohio.  We also have a committee of connected individuals in the city that are tasked with creating buzz around the city. Beyond this we have a talented and growing volunteer team of planners. To join our merry crew, email us at

How do I sign up?

Create an account on our Match Making website and then submit either a performer or venue profile! 


How can I participate?

Make Music Cincinnati is a free musical celebration on June 21, the longest day of the year.

Artists and venues for the event are paired through our matchmaking site. It’s fancy. It takes into account all sorts of preferences like available times, music genre, whether your set requires power and so on. This year we have MANY awesome venues to choose from, thanks to our awesome sponsors. Sign up today to check out what venues are available!

Simply Login/Register to create a matchmaking account, and then create an artist/venue profile.

The deadline for sign ups this year is June 18!

If you need help, check out the videos below!


How to create a Matchmaking Account

How to sign up as a Venue

How to sign up as a Performer


On June 21, if you missed the deadline go out on your front porch, pull out your Facebook Live and make some music! You don’t have to be a professional – we are simply celebrating the joy that music brings to our lives.

Use the hashtags so we can find your post!

#MakeMusicDay #MakeMusicCincy

Click here to see our Facebook event.



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June 21!! 

Make Music Cincinnati is a citywide, street level music making celebration. There is a role for everyone and every organization in this DIY celebration – musicians, social media makers, businesses, restaurants, bars, neighborhood organizations, and non-profits. If you have an idea about how to add to the Make Music Cincinnati merriment, and you have the time and skills to make your vision happen, we want to hear from you. Email us and we’ll hook you into the planning team.


Host a MASS APPEAL audience participation event


Got something share with a crowd?  From jam sessions to DJ lessons, samba workshops to a pop-up back-up band. Get in touch at  

When we say, Performed by Anyone, Enjoyed by Everyone, we really mean it. And for 2021 we’re putting together a number of special events to draw even greater numbers of musicians and appreciators into the fun. You’ll be able to join in on mass appeal shows designed to bring together dozens — no, hundreds — of artists to perform pre-selected pieces together.  

Venues all over town hosted Mass Appeals which offered many chances for audience members participation including breakdancing, a public piano at, jam sessions, sing alongs and kids’ open mic!  




Make Music Cincinnati is a volunteer-organized event and thrives on the support of our community.

Become a Make Music Day Ambassador for $30!

Ambassadors are the official cheerleaders of Make Music Cincinnati. They are an important part of Make Music Day because they help spread the word on social media and through word of mouth. Sign up today and see the impact your personal network has on making music in Cincinnati!

To become an Ambassador, click here: AMBASSADOR

What does it cost and where does the money go?  Our budget for bringing hundreds of concerts to venues across Cincinnati in one day is less, we like to say, than the cost of installing a traffic light. Far less.

The work of small army of volunteers makes it possible to pull this off on such a limited budget, but unavoidable costs remain, including: publicity and advertising that are critical to the success of the event, software development for the matchmaking system, a part-time managing director to coordinate the many volunteers and handle the administrative aspects of the event, and many smaller items such as insurance and event permitting.

Help cover these costs, and be part of bringing the musical merriment to the summer solstice!

To donate to the cause, click here: DONATE

Currently all donations up to $5000 are being matched by a grant funded by ArtsWave!


Our partners benefit from co-marketing with an event that has become a summer highlight, and receive extensive exposure through print and radio advertising, prominent placement on a highly trafficked website and mobile app, and on posters and banners at more than 100 venues. When the Solstice rolls around, we are everywhere.

To learn more about sponsoring this event, please contact us at

2021 Listings: Monday, June 21st



Get in touch with city organizers for Cincinnati, at

MMC Merch

Show your support to music in Cincinnati by purchasing some Make Music Cincinnati swag!

All proceeds from the orders will go to support the Make Music Cincinnati mission.