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MAKE MUSIC DAY 2024 IS JUNE 21! PLAN TO JOIN THE FUN!

Free Outdoor and Virtual Music Making Events to be Held Across Raleigh and Wake County as Part of Annual Global Celebration

This year, more than 100 U.S. cities and counties, including 13 North Carolina counties, will host thousands of Make Music performances across the country as part of the world’s largest annual music event.

In 2023, Make Music Raleigh hosted a multi-event festival across nearly a dozen venues June 21 and a special Make Music Winter event December 21 at Azure Violins in the Mordecai neighborhood.

For the second straight year, Make Music Raleigh will serve the local chapter host, this year featuring the generous support of the North Carolina Arts Council through the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County. Campbell Raleigh again will be the title sponsor, cementing the festival as a regular feature of the area’s rich cultural landscape.

“Once again, the City of Raleigh Museum is proud to be a host venue for Make Music Raleigh,” says Ernest Dollar, director of the City of Raleigh Museum. “Artistic talent can be found overflowing the streets in every neighborhood. With performances from individual amateurs to world-class ensembles, Make Music Raleigh will give all our residents and visitors a chance to experience the city’s diverse musical riches in their own backyards — or explore the sights and sounds of other neighborhoods.” 

Highlights of Make Music Raleigh 2024 include:

SEE YOU JUNE 21!

RALEIGH’S MAKE MUSIC WINTER CELEBRATION PROVIDED LOADS OF HOLIDAY CHEER!

Raleigh rang in the holiday season December 21 with Make Music Winter — a free celebration of the solstice!

Azure Violins hosted the party. The Raleigh Uke Jam led a holiday-themed jam with Azure’s students. Along with ukuleles, voices, and jingle bells, participants joined the fun with boomwhackers, rhythm sticks, and egg shakers provided by Rhythm Band Instruments.

WE MADE IT! MAKE MUSIC RALEIGH 2023 IS A (SUCCESSFUL) WRAP!

Raleigh joined more than 1,000 cities worldwide in the annual Make Music Day celebration, June 21!

Imagine a free, global music festival that encourages everyone who attends to sing and play. That’s what Make Music Day features. The City of Oaks is a part of that celebration.

It started 41 years ago, in France.

In 1982, France’s Ministry of Culture dreamed up an idea for a new kind of musical holiday. To celebrate the summer solstice, they imagined a day where free, live music would be everywhere: street corners and parks, rooftops and gardens, storefronts and mountaintops.

Unlike a typical music festival, anyone and everyone would be invited to join, play music, or host performances. They called the event 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. Nearly 5 million people — nearly 8% of the residents of France — have played an instrument or sung in public for the Fête de la Musique.

The holiday has spread throughout the world and is now celebrated in more than 120 countries.

In the Triangle, Carrboro established its music festival in 1998 as an affiliate of Fête de la Musique. The Carrboro Music Festival later moved to early fall, ending its formal relationship with Make Music Day. Cary and Raleigh occasionally have hosted Make Music Day celebrations, but 2023 marked the first year Make Music Day has a permanent presence in the City of Oaks.

Check out Make Music Day’s national press release:

CBS17’s Amalia Roy visited our Harmonica Mass Appeal at City of Raleigh Museum and filed this report:

At left, George Douglas leads a harmonica workshop, accompanied by Rick Henderson of MMD Raleigh. (Screenshot from CBS17)

The presenting sponsor in the U.S. is the NAMM Foundation.

Make Music Raleigh receives generous support from the North Carolina Arts Council through the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County. Campbell University’s Raleigh campus is Make Music Raleigh’s founding sponsor.