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Make Music Hartford returns on June 21, 2020!

Make Music Hartford returns in 2020, but it will look a little different. Due to COVID-19, many of the events we planned for this year’s event will not be able to take place while others will become virtual experiences you can enjoy from home.

How Can You Participate?

Make Music Hartford is a virtual event in 2020.  

Below you will find a variety of events that have been coordinated for Make Music Hartford 2020. This is a virtual event happening on various platforms. As musicians release music on Make Music Day (June 21st) the Greater Hartford Arts Council will share posts on social media and here on our Make Music Hartford website.

You can follow us on Facebook and Instagram to see what we share!


Participate in Special Events in Hartford and Beyond!

A number of special events will be hosted by the Greater Hartford Arts Council as well as community partners around Hartford and around the world. Information about how to participate in events like Bash the Trash, Flowerpot Music, the World’s Smallest Marching Band, and more can be found below. More events will be added between now and June 21st.


Local musicians cover each others songs in this song swap happening around the world. Check out who is representing Hartford area musicians HERE.

25×12 Live Online Lessons

Music teachers around the world will offer 12 hours of free, online group lessons for 25 different instruments. Join a number of Hartford area music teachers as they lead internationally streamed lessons in various instruments. Find the listing of Hartford teachers and more HERE.

Bash the Trash

Join our virtual Bash the Trash Instrument Making Party! We have videos and how-to guides on how to turn items you would normally throw away into cool sounding instruments. Give the a try and share a video with us! Find tutorials HERE.

Flowerpot Music

Hartford’s performance of Flowerpot Music, composed by Elliot Cole, is going international! Tune in for an internationally live-streamed performance of bell-like tones that pass from performer to performer in improvised gestures on flower pots! An ensemble of Hartford-area musicians and community members will perform from 11:40am – 12pm on June 21st. Watch them live HERE.

Live from Home Challenge

In partnership with Make Music Australia Make Music China, and the Make Music Alliance we invite everyone to post a musical performance from home on June 21, and tag three friends to challenge them to do the same. More info HERE.

Takeout and Takeover

In a time when to-go orders may be more common than dine-in experiences at restaurants, we’re launching Takeout and Takeover. Restaurants serving takeout orders can register their social media channel as a “venue” for local musicians to “takeover” on June 21st in celebration of Make Music Hartford. Enjoy takeout from your favorite Hartford restaurant while enjoying a jazz concert from their Instagram account or a growler from your local brewery while tuning into their Facebook Live. Register your virtual venue or sign up to be a musician HERE.

This American Song

This American Song is a new Make Music Day initiative, capturing the stories and experiences of ordinary people from around the country at this unprecedented moment in time. The national Make Music Alliance has lined up 50 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, each songwriter will video chat with one interviewee, write a song inspired by their conversation, and then give a live, private performance of the song they’ve just written by the end of the day. Afterwards, videos of all fifty songs will be available, opening a window into American lives and showing the power of music to connect us all.

Window Serenades

This Make Music Day, musicians from the Hartford region and around the country are organizing to share live music with our most isolated neighbors. Selected nursing homes, and other facilities for vulnerable populations who are unable to leave their homes, are working with local Make Music chapters (like us!) to invite musicians to serenade residents from outside their windows, while practicing social distancing. Find out who is participating and where HERE.

World’s Smallest Marching Band

Small groups of brass and percussion players will parade through city parks on June 21st. Musicians will be in Bushnell Park and Riverfront Recapture/Riverside Park. See who’s marching and where you can find them: HERE.

World Wide Heart Chant

The Heart Chant is a space for meditation and healing. The Heart Chant is one of composer Pauline Oliveros’s “Deep Listening” meditations, her practice of “listening in every possible way to everything possible, to hear no matter what you are doing.” Written in response to the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001, the Heart Chant‘s simple instructions invite any and all to participate in creating community through sound. No musical training is required. Join a community from around the world at 5pm EST on June 21st in a World Wide Heart Chant. RSVP HERE

Virtual Shower Singing

You read that correctly! It’s time to release your inner diva with Virtual Shower Singing. Share your vocals with us before Make Music Day. Details on how to show us your talent are HERE.