Make Music


Make Music Day is an international event where musicians of all types, skill sets, and ages to come together with venues for FREE and open-air celebrations of music. This day is less about good or bad and more about community experience.

Make Music NWCT is proudly presented by the NWCT Arts Council.

Check out a trailer for Make Music NWCT!

Make Music Day happens on  the summer solstice every year, June 21st. This year, the event falls on a Sunday. We can’t wait to see what creative ways musicians and venues execute performances this year!

2020 is the third year that Northwest CT is participating. As situations develop with COVID-19, venues and musicians should use their discretion when signing up to participate, and get creative to host safe and socially distant performances. Venues are strongly encouraged to register as soon as possible, and start promoting their participation in this event.

Who can participate in Make Music Day?

  • Anyone is welcome to participate! Whether you are a seasoned professional or you’ve never performed in public before, this day is for you.

Spread the word! The more people who participate the more magical the day will be!

What does Make Music Day really look like?

For a glimpse of past performances and some inspiration, go to the Make Music Day youtube page to see videos of Make Music Day from all over the world.




How it works:

Both Musicians/Singers and Venues/Locations register and connect with each other via our matchmaking site. Once registered, performers can request particular time slots at different venues, and venues can request performers as well. You can all communicate with one another via the matchmaking site. It’s very user friendly, and there are plenty of ways to define what your needs are!

IMPORTANT NOTE: Log in regularly to keep up-to-date with new invitations and new performer profiles. In the beginning there won’t be so many, but more participants (music makers and music venues/hosts) will come in daily.


Anyone from beginners to seasoned professionals are invited to participate in Make Music Day. If you are interested in participating you just register on our Matchmaking Portal, which allows you to request certain time slots at different venues. Venues can be any place from parking lots to traditional music halls. You can include all your needs for your particular performances in your profile when you register (i.e. electricity, pianos, or general quietness).


Almost anywhere can be a venue! You are able to set your own boundaries when you register as a venue, and we encourage people to think outside of the box as to what a venue can be. This year, there is an option to host online/virtual music performances, too. We do encourage venues to be outside mainly (with a ‘rain location’ in case of weather issues) in keeping with the traditional feeling of inclusiveness and discovery that Make Music Day is about. In the past there have been many performances in parking lots, porches, parks, rooftops, etc. As a venue you are also able to review performance requests and approve only the ones that make sense for your venue logistically.  Find performances now on the Matchmaking Portal.


Virtual Collaborations:

Virtual Community Drumming Activity

Pick up a free pair of drumsticks from our office, and make a video from home! Virtually gather your friends to jam over a funk rhythm, then send in your individual videos to by June 18. We will create a compilation of your drumming videos to share on social media on Make Music Day, June 21st!


Drumsticks are limited – first come, first served. Email to reserve a pair and participate in this online community event.


Click here for the backing track!


Virtual Harmonica Learning – Mary Had A Little Lamb

Pick up a free harmonica from our office, and learn Mary Had A Little Lamb! Take a video of yourself playing the song, and send it in to by June 18. We will create a compilation of your videos to share on social media on Make Music Day, June 21st


Harmonicas are limited – first come, first served. Email to reserve a harmonica and participate in this online community event.


Click here for a tutorial!



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We are seeking sponsorship for Make Music NWCT 2020 at various levels:

Click HERE to donate.

Platinum Sponsors – $1,000 (Limit 2)

  • Sponsorship and naming rights to one of the group Mass Appeal Events:
    • Window Serenades for Seniors
    • Bash the Trash (all ages)
  • Logo prominence on all email communications and website.
  • Logo prominence on promotional posters and event schedule templates.
  • Listing on dedicated Facebook event page and press releases.

Gold Sponsors – $500

  • Logo prominence on website.
  • Logo on promotional posters and event schedule templates.
  • Listing on dedicated Facebook event page and press releases.

Silver Sponsor – $250 

  • Name listed on website.
  • Name listed on promotional posters and event schedule templates.
  • Listing on dedicated Facebook event page and press releases.

Supporters – $100 and/or In-kind Donations & Community Partnerships

  • Name listed on website & Facebook event page.


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What is Make Music NWCT?

Make Music NWCT is a free region-wide celebration of music open to the public. It is an official chapter of International Make Music Day, which began in France as the Fête de la Musique in 1982.

The goal is to spread the joy of music to communities around our region and to highlight the talents of local musicians. It is open to music makers of all ages, skill levels, and musical persuasions.  

Why isn’t it always on a weekend?

Make Music Day always falls on the Summer Solstice, June 21st. It is celebrated in more than 750 cities around the world. 

Who can participate?

Musicians and venues of all types are encouraged to participate in Make Music Day. There is no audition process, and students, amateurs, part-time professionals, and established artists are all welcome. 

All you need to do is sign up through the Matchmaking Portal and connect with venues or artists to schedule performances. This year, there is an option for online/virtual events when you register. Surprise us with your creativity!

Participants Info

Where can I perform?

Venues from all over the region sign up to open their doors to musical performances. Log in to the Matchmaking Portal to see a list of participating venues.

To host performances at your venue, go to the Matchmaking Portal.

How long will each performance last?

Artists and venues must agree to the length of the performance during the matchmaking process. It is very important to stick to the agreed-upon length so that the statewide performance schedule stays on track.

May I perform all over the state?

Yes, but each participating region has its own set of organizers and its own site, so be sure you are registering on the right sites!

If you want to play in NWCT in the morning and Stamford in the afternoon, you have to register your morning performance on the NWCT site, and then register the  next performance on the Stamford site.  Be certain to leave enough time to get to your next gig and tell the each venue about your plans.

 You can find all participating towns/regions from the state at Make Music CT.

What if my band signs up now, but has to back out later?

Performances can be edited up until the registration deadline of May 31st.  Once you are locked in, we are counting on you to perform!  If you do need to cancel, please let both the Arts Council and your venue know immediately so that we can help find a replacement. All performances that are registered and confirmed by the deadline of May 31st will be locked in and publicized.

What if I play an instrument, but don’t have my own band?

You can play a solo performance or connect with other artists and plan joint performances on the Matchmaking Portal.  You can also join or organize a “Mass Appeal” event, a gathering where musicians can come together to jam.  Reach out to us via (860)-618-0075 or for more information.   

Are there any noise ordinance restrictions?

Noise ordinances are in effect on Make Music Day.  Typically 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM are acceptable times for higher decibel sound, and common sense and courtesy should be practiced.  There have been cases of venues hosting later performances planned in cooperation with surrounding homeowners.

Who will provide a stage / tuned grand piano / etc. for my concert?

Venue listings on the Matchmaking Portal will specify their amenities, whether electricity and/or pianos are available.

Will there be a main stage?

There will be no main stage. Performances generally take place at the same level as the audience. Your stage could be a front porch, a restaurant patio, a park bench, or any other outdoor space you can imagine. Do you have somewhere you’d love to play? Convince that location to register as a venue!

Will I be paid to perform?

Make Music Day is a free international day of music open to the public.  The goal is to spread joy through music to communities that might not otherwise have access to such a treat.  Musicians and venues are not paid.  While most performers volunteer their time and talents, both venues and musicians are welcome to seek outside sponsorship and support for their programming.

Can I charge admission for a Make Music NWCT concert?

No.  All performances are free and open to the public.

Can my concert be “invitation only”?

No.  All performances are free and open to the public.

Can I have my event indoors?

Yes. While we encourage venues to find an outdoor location,  but indoor performances are OK too.