Make Music New Zealand

Make Music New Zealand


Make Music New Zealand debuts June 21, 2024!

Launched in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique, Make Music Day is now held on the same day every year in more than 1000 cities around the globe. We envision neighbours re-connecting, synergistic collaborations, and an abundance of joy. Make Music Day is presented in Aotearoa New Zealand for the first time this year by Auckland City of Music.

Participation is encouraged from all ages, genres and abilities, from indie rock to classical to taonga puoro, from enthusiastic amateurs to professional artists and everything in between.

We believe that music has the power to unite neighborhoods, amplify voices, bridge cultures and unleash everyone’s innate creativity. We invite music enthusiasts from everywhere to participate by performing, attending or volunteering. Join us to celebrate music as part of an international event with its heart and soul in our local communities!

Make Music Day Events can happen in conventional and unconventional spaces. From retail and hospitality premises to community centres, public spaces, or even your front porch! Any musician – amateur or professional, young or old – is invited to take part. Likewise, businesses, councils, neighbours, schools, churches, and organisations of all shapes and sizes can sign up to offer their spaces as a venue.  All of Aotearoa is encouraged to participate, reconnect with neighbours & communities and dive into your creativity.  

To receive updates about Make Music Day, signup to the Auckland City of Music mailing list.


How can I get involved?

Getting involved in Make Music Day is super simple!

If you want to play music – register as performer. If you want to offer a place for people to play – register as a venue. Our innovative match-making database helps performers find venues, and venues find performers

If you already have an event set up with performers & venues confirmed – register the event.

Registrations are open now


Community volunteers
Help spread the word about Make Music Day in your neighbourhood, town or city. That might mean organising an event in your community or simply promoting Make Music Day on your social media channels using our Social Post Generator (available from April 1st)

Paid Partnerships
Does your company or organisation want to become show its support for Make Music Day by an Official Partner? Any extra revenue we generate can be used to make Make Music Day even better. If this is something you’re interested in, drop us a line at

Support MusicHelps
Music has the power to help and to heal, which is why we support the work of MusicHelps. MusicHelps supports hundreds of projects across New Zealand, each using the power of music to change the lives of thousands of New Zealanders in need. They also provide emergency assistance to thousands of music people experiencing hardship and illness through their suite of music support services, including a world-first, professional online, on-the-phone and face-to-face counselling service tailored to people who make music possible. If it is within your means, we encourage you to donate to MusicHelps or text MUSIC to 2448 to make an instant $3 donation.



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To receive updates about Make Music Day, signup to the Auckland City of Music mailing list