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As safer gatherings during the ongoing pandemic are now possible, we are so excited that Make Music Day Denver is ready for in-person and virtual celebrations across the city for June 21st, 2021!  There are many ways to participate this year:

Denver’s Downtown In-Person Festival

We’ll be hosting a multi-stage music festival, and we’re inviting you to be a part!  Our two stages located in the heart of Downtown Denver will be running all day with performances, lessons, community participation, giveaways, and more! The celebration starts at 11am downtown – stages at 16th & Welton and 16th & Arapahoe. Take the free 16th Street Mall Shuttles between locations, or walk the city promenade.

Local Artist’s Performance Stage – 16th St & Arapahoe

11am | Confluence Music | Eclectic Mix
12pm | Sean Be | Hip Hop
1pm | Marcel & Janelle | Indie.Soul
2pm | Biff Gore | Soul
3pm | Jeremy Herzer | Singer Songwriter
4:30 pm | Blues Behind Bars | Blues
6:15pm | Soul Food Band | Eclectic Soul Mix

Community Stage – 16th St & Welton

11am | Downtown Denver Partnership Presents
1pm | Vince Madison | Music Teacher & Performer – Make Music Day Lesson Recital!
1:30pm | Sawyer | Concert Pianist/Classical
2pm | Make Music Community Giveaway: Harmonicas & Ukelele books (free to all!)
3pm | Drum Circle & Congero – bring your drum & join in!
4pm | Davies Girl | Americana
6pm | School of Rock Denver!



National& International Make Music Day Events:

Music Lesson Marathon

Make Music Day is the perfect opportunity to shake the dust off your instrument and start playing again, or to pick up an instrument for the first time.

Need a hand? This June 21, national brands and partners will be curating day-long marathons of live, free, online group lessons taught by dozens of master musicians on a wide array of instruments. Jump around to sample different instruments, or binge on your favorite! There are offerings for all ages, and all skill levels – from beginning to advanced.

Contact us at for local offerings, or join one the national links below!

Interactive Children’s Music
presented by Nuvo and Slippery Rock University

Join Nuvo Instrumental and Slippery Rock University for six hours of interactive children’s music! Activities will alternate between general music experiences and an introduction to NUVO instruments. You can join in at any time and all ages are welcome.


Music Production
presented by Dance Music Initiative

Dance Music Initiative (DMI) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to collectively inspire creativity through dance music culture. We are a collective of dance music enthusiasts who pool their resources and knowledge to support others in their musically creative endeavors. DMI inspires others through instruction, mentoring, and sharing.


presented by Flight

Flight Ukulele are putting on 12 hours of ukulele lessons and workshops for players of all skill levels. The workshops will be delivered by our diverse range of talented Flight Uke Crew artists and teachers. Check us out at @flightukulele and on YouTube at Flight Ukulele.

presented by Music Teacher National Association

Join Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) for a series of virtual piano lessons on Make Music Day via Zoom! Teachers from across the country will present a variety of lesson topics for beginner students of all ages. Participants should plan to be near an acoustic piano or digital keyboard when attending these lessons.

The American Song

The American Song is a new Make Music Day initiative, capturing the stories and experiences of ordinary people from around the country at this unprecedented time.

In 2020, working through our local chapters, the Make Music Alliance lined up fifty people of all ages with a story to tell, one in each of the 50 States, along with fifty professional songwriters in a variety of styles.

On the morning of June 21, Make Music Day, each songwriter video chatted with one interviewee for an hour. In the afternoon, they wrote a song inspired by their conversation. That evening they did a second video chat with the person and gave a live, private performance of the song they just wrote.

The American Song returns in 2021 with another song for each state. Watch this space for more details.

Click here for YouTube playlist of all fifty videos from 2020

Young Composers Contest

For the second year, the Make Music Alliance is excited to offer a composition contest for composers aged 13-21.

In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre of May 31 – June 1, 1921, young composers are invited to write a song for an overdubbed, a cappella baritone singer, using text from a first-hand account of the massacre by B.C. Franklin. A panel of distinguished judges, including composers Hiroya Miura and Trevor Weston, composer/conductor Francisco Núñez, and soprano Talise Trevigne, will provide feedback and select 3 winning pieces.

These pieces will be recorded by baritone Christopher Herbert and released online for Make Music Day on June 21st. Winning composers will also receive a free copy of Finalemusic notation software, courtesy of Make Music Inc.

The submission deadline is May 31st.

(Are you over 21? Be a mentor and share the contest with students and young friends!)

Contest Entry Details
Baritone Christopher Herbert
Text: The Tulsa Race Riot and Three of its Victims

Archive: Winning Pieces from 2020 Young Composers Contest

Prizes generously provided by Finale:









Window Serenades

Window Serenades share the joy of live music with isolated elderly people, bringing musicians to play outside nursing home windows for those who request a song.

Created as a socially-distanced program in 2020 to provide safe musical performances during a global pandemic, Window Serenades is becoming an annual Make Music Day tradition. If you’re interested in bringing this project to your community, email

Special thanks to Harman Inspired for supporting this project.