Make Music



Hickey’s Music Center is once again proud to present Make Music Day in Ithaca, NY, on June 21, 2021!  This annual world-wide event celebrates all kinds of music and musicians from all walks of life.

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.

Join Hickey’s Music Center and Ithaca, NY as we celebrate Make Music Day, 2021!  Click HERE for a listing of this year’s performances.





Join us for these music making events!

Sing Together – A Virtual Singing Community with Jen Rafferty: 1:00PM EDT. Sing Together is unlike any group singing you’ve ever done, because well, you’re technically apart! No need to feel shy, you can stay on mute! Feel free to sing your heart out! This class is a fun way to express yourself through the music that already lives inside of you!  Sign up HERE!

Ithaca Ukulele Circle:  Songs TBA – 5-6PM EDT  – Auburn St. Park – Come to Sing, Play and/or listen.  We’ll have extra Ukes to use.  Contact Robbert VanRenesse ( for more information and to sign up!

Tru Bleu: 5-8PM at The Dock, Ithaca’s premier live music venue.  Tru Bleu is three musicians who are dedicated to writing, playing, and singing music with heart, soul, and meaning. Jennifer Giroux, Kip Opperman, and Paul Parks have been creating music in and around Ithaca and The Finger Lakes since 2010.

Fall Creek Brass Band 7-9PM Location TBA –Ithaca’s favorite powerhouse brass band, FCBB fuses the sound of New Orleans street music with funk, hip-hop, jazz, pop, and rock-and-roll.



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Want to play? There’s always room in the band.

We invite musicians of all kinds to collaborate on making June 21 a musical masterpiece. Singers, church choirs, jazz combos, rock bands, glee clubs, MCs, marching bands, mariachis, rappers, and every other kind of musician, of any age group or skill level, are all welcome.

How to Make Music on June 21st

Using our matchmaking software venues and musicians can register, create profiles and find a match for their Make Music Day Ithaca performance. Registration is now open!  Register on-line or contact us directly.


Interested in performing during Make Music Day Ithaca? Musicians of all abilities and genres are invited to showcase their talent and share their love of music! The event is an all-ages, all-inclusive celebration of music. Register to be a performer by creating a profile, browse available venues, and make an offer to perform in an Ithaca location. The venue will confirm your request. Venues may reach out to you directly once you have created a profile. There is no fee to participate.

Sign Up as a Musician


Make Music Day Ithaca wouldn’t be possible without venues to host musicians. Venues can be in front of stores and restaurants, front porches, parks, schools, and more. Venues should preferably be located outside and must be accessible to the general public without an entry fee. Register to be a venue, browse musician profiles and request a performer you’d like at your location. Musicians may reach out to you directly once you have created a profile.

Sign Up as a Venue