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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!

June 21, 2021

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: 6-9PM 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 Downtown Ithaca Commons, Bernie Milton Pavilion –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.


Hickey’s Music Center Celebrates Make Music Day in Ithaca, NY.

Ithaca, NY (May 20, 2021)— Hickey’s Music Center is once again proud to partner with local musical artists and venues to celebrate Make Music Day on Monday, June 21, 2021. Make Music Day is a one-day event where free, live and virtual musical performances take place around the world on the longest day of the year. The musical festivities in Ithaca, NY are part of a global celebration of music making in over 1,000 cities inspired by France’s Fête de la Musique.

Held annually on June 21, Make Music Day is part of the international FĂŞte de la Musique, taking place in more than 1,000 cities across 120 countries. The daylong, musical free-for-all celebrates music in all its forms, encouraging people to band together and play in free public concerts. This year, nearly 100 U.S. cities are organizing Make Music Day celebrations, encompassing thousands of concerts nationwide. Make Music Day is presented by the NAMM Foundation, and coordinated by the Make Music Alliance. For more information, please visit

Locally this year Hickey’s Music Center has partnered with local performers and venues to bring a variety of safe musical offerings to the public, including the Ithaca Uke Jam in the Auburn Street park from 5-6PM; Sing Together – A Virtual Singing Community, an online sing-along experience hosted by Jen Rafferty at at 1:00PM; and live performances by Tru Bleu at the Dock from 6-9PM and the Fall Creek Brass Band 7-9PM at the Bernie Milton Pavilion on the Downtown Ithaca Commons.  Visit for more details.

“Music makes the world a better place, and we need this now more than we ever have.  We hope people come out to support live music and share in the joy of music making,” says Nick Pauldine, local coordinator for Make Music Day Ithaca.  “Anyone can participate and there are many ways to participate.”

Music has been shown to strengthen social connectivity and enrich the lives of both performers and listeners. By participating in Make Music Day, Hickey’s hopes to contribute to the well-being of all Ithacans.

National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) members and partners from coast to coast, including Hickey’s, will join in their communities’ celebrations of Make Music Day. June 21 is the perfect day to check out a local music store for some gear or to come together and play – whether it is for the first time or the thousandth.

Hickey’s Music Center, 104 Adams St.  Ithaca, NY 14850

About Hickey’s Music Center

Hickey’s Music Center, founded in 1892, is in Ithaca, New York amongst the Finger Lakes. We are a full line music service specializing in the print music of all publishers, band, orchestral & popular instruments, accessories for all instruments, high quality instrument repairs, music software and equipment, and most important, friendly service to you, our customer.


For questions and more information, please email us at, or call 607-279-7095




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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.

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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