Make Music Day (MMD) is a free celebration of music around the world on June 21st. Launched in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique, it is now held on the same day in more than 1,000 cities in 120 countries. What makes this different than other music festivals is the fact that it is a day that encourages planned and impromptu gatherings centered around a love of music. That means that you do not have to be a trained musician to participate; this is a day to get out and make some noise any way you would like!
The Make Music Day – Las Cruces Chapter was established in Fall 2019 to plan the City’s inaugural MMD celebration for June 21, 2020. This was the first chapter established in New Mexico and the borderplex region. Representatives from local music organizations, the Range, Doña Ana Arts Council, and Visit Las Cruces began planning, scheduling, and coordinating a full day of fun activities centered around the joy of music. And then the global pandemic struck, canceling all in-person gatherings.
The MMD-LC chapter quickly regrouped and organized a virtual experience for participants to learn more about Make Music Day and still celebrate the importance of music in our collective lives. Streaming across multiple platforms, MMD-LC 2020 had over 50,000 views combined throughout the day. This included performances by local bands, El Paso Pro Musica, the Santa Fe Opera, and much, much more. MMD-LC was even featured in the Global Live Stream for international Make Music Day showcasing our local talent on the world stage.
As we lift more restrictions in Doña Ana County, the chapter is planning a hybrid event and is looking for musicians, music teachers, community organizations, and volunteers to help make this year’s second-annual celebration one to remember. Fill out the interest form at: https://forms.gle/PLkVaiWF7dvfsJS48 and a chapter member will contact you with next steps.
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