Make Music McMinnville is a live, free musical celebration on June 21, the longest day of the year, with music opportunities in multiple locations across our town.
On June 21, 2024, the Summer Solstice, McMinnville will be hosting our third annual celebration of Make Music Day.
And you are invited to the party!
Make Music McMinnville is a musical celebration creating community events that are open to anyone; players, singers, listeners, beginners looking to be inspired, people who are willing to share their inspiration with the world. Every place, performer, and person of every stripe has a part to play in Make Music McMinnville.
While it is an international event, the communities involved have a localized focus, with music-related activities taking place in multiple locations in the community. Launched in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique, Make Music Day it is now held on the same day in more than 1,000 cities in 120 countries.
Completely different from a typical music festival, Make Music McMinnville is open to anyone who wants to take part. Every kind of musician — young and old, amateur and professional, of every musical persuasion — pours onto streets, parks, plazas, and porches to share their music with friends, neighbors, and strangers.
The ultimate goal is celebrating our community through music, in a way that is accessible to musicians and non-musicians alike. All of it is free and open to the public.
Catch free, live performances and music activities throughout the day. Previous years have featured local talent at locations such as: Atticus Hotel Courtyard, The Bitter Monk, City Park, Crescent Café, ForeLand Beer, Mac Market, Mack Theater Marquee, McMenamins Hotel Oregon, McMinnville Public Library Fountain. Performance schedule coming soon!
Why participate in Make Music McMinnville?
Make Music Day brings joy, inspires creativity, and transforms communities. It celebrates and promotes the natural music maker in all of us, regardless of ability. Make Music Day events turn sidewalks and streets into impromptu stages; let amateur musicians share their passion and gain confidence; and give established artists in all genres a chance to perform for new audiences.
You, too, can participate in Make Music McMinnville.
If you’d like to volunteer to help with next year’s celebration, contact us.
2023 Listings: Wednesday, June 21st
Catch free, live performances and music activities throughout the day. Previous years featured music at the following locations:
Calling for musicians of ALL ages, skill levels and genres!
Want to perform in this year’s Make Music McMinnville? Register you or your band by May 29th here and add a bio, pictures, description and anything else you might want on your profile.
Who can participate?
Anyone and everyone can participate. Amateurs, students, professionals, and established artists are all welcome. MMM is open to artists of all ages, all levels of ability, individuals and groups, and all musical categories.
Where do the musicians play?
A variety of locations are possible for the performances. Some sites might be sidewalks, alleys, plazas, schools, courtyards, in front of restaurants or businesses, and parks.
Who will provide a stage, power, piano, etc. for my performance?
Make Music McMinnville is not a typical music festival. MMM is about people getting together in their neighborhoods in a do-it-yourself fashion, putting together their own musical events. Our organizers set up the framework for performances — the rest is up to you! Artists and venues collaborate to produce the events, arrange for electricity, and provide whatever equipment is needed. McMinnville is your stage. Performances generally take place at the same level as the audience. And everyone can take part. From professionals to amateurs, from the classical to metal, you are welcome to share your music with our community during Make Music McMinnville.
What if I signed up but need to back out?
We are counting on you to perform. If you do need to cancel, it is your responsibility to find another performer to take your spot. Please let the location and us know about all program changes as soon as possible.
Will musicians be paid to perform, or will venues charge a fee to host a performance?
Make Music Day was designed to be a free music event, therefore the performers are not compensated. The venue sites must also host performances without a fee to either the performers or Make Music McMinnville. Make Music Day events around the world invite everyone from the community to either perform, host or attend musical performances and celebrate the first day of summer. The design of a free musical event for everyone is the spirit of Make Music Day throughout the 800 plus cities worldwide that participate.
Can musicians sell their CDs and merch, or ask for donations?
Musicians are allowed to sell their band or individual musician merchandise and CDs during their Make Music McMinnville performance. Musicians can also promote any future performances. Performers may discreetly solicit donations during their performance.
Many thanks to our sponsors!
Make Music McMinnville would not be able to get keep this project going if it weren’t for the generosity of our sponsors.
Thank you, Arts Alliance of Yamhill County, Crescent Café, Hopscotch Toys, Mac Market, Oregon Stationers, Pillar to Post, The Sage Restaurant, Underground Open Mic with Freddie Lamb, Visit McMinnville and the Vortex Record Store.
If you would like to sponsor this year, please reach out! Thank you!
Are you interested in volunteering?
We are a small team and are just getting started. We could use a few more folks to round out our planning team. And as we get closer to Make Music Day, we will need help before and during the event.
We could use a few more sponsors for 2023!
Make Music McMinnville’s second year is going to be a blast! Help us to make this event the best it can be by becoming a sponsor or partner. Any donations, either in-kind or monetary, can help us to offer more musical experiences. Contact us to share your ideas about how to get involved, or to make a donation.
We’d love to hear from you! Get in touch with us: