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2021 is our fifth year for Make Music Milwaukee!  With all the changes happening in the world, Make Music Day may look different then in years past, but we plan to embrace the changes and keep the music playing no matter what! Whether virtually or in person, we always look forward to celebrating music in Milwaukee with you on June, 21st.

In the interest of making it accessible for all, Make Music Milwaukee with be an online and socially distanced outdoor hybrid event this year! Make Music is part of Make Music Day, the worldwide music celebration held each June 21, the summer solstice. Typically featuring free outdoor concerts, performances, music lessons jam sessions and other musical events on streets, sidewalks, parks and public spaces in Milwaukee and across the U.S., this year’s Make Music Day will take a virtual approach to encourage all people, of all musical abilities, to celebrate the joy of making music. Over 85 U.S. cities and the entire states of Connecticut, Hawaii, Vermont and Wisconsin will take part in Make Music Day 2021, further demonstrating the power of music to unite and uplift people, spread joy and build community amid this challenging and unprecedented time.

Over 1000 cities around the world have celebrated Make Music Day! 

It all started 39 years ago in France.

In 1982, Jack Lang and his staff at the 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.

Check out highlights from Make Music Milwaukee HERE!