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Make Music
San Jose

Duo, Stereo RV, performing at airport
Stereo RV at Mineta San Jose International Airport, photo by Dave Lepori

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Join the Celebration!  

Make Music San José 2021 was celebrated as hybrid event on June 21 with livestreamed stages and in-person performances. Thank you to all of the performers and partners that made this celebration possible.

Join us in 2022

As we return to a new normal, we look forward to celebrating Make Music San José with more in-person performances and participatory events citywide.

Click here to register for Make Music San José 2022

Join Us
Artist, Venue, and Festival Staff Roles Each year, Make Music San José asks returning and new artists and venues to join in the one-day festival. Artists are comprised of students, amateurs and professionals – all are welcome to participate in the celebration of music. Both artists and venues sign up via our online match-making software, where each creates a profile.

Venue profiles include contact information, how long venues would like to host music, what kinds of music a venue is interested in booking and what kind of equipment (chairs, electricity, water, etc.), if any, a venue can provide.

Artist profiles include contact information, sound bites and the type(s) of music an artist or band performs. Pictures, social media and website links can all be uploaded to venue and artist profiles.

Match-making

Once the profiles are created, venues may browse the list of artists and vice versa, each requesting an amount of time from the other for a performance.

Requests are accepted or declined at the discretion of the artist or venue. Before a performance is finalized, the venue must accept the request from an artist or the artist must accept the request from a venue.

Once final, the performance is posted to our live, interactive map on our website, which the public can view and explore on an interactive web app.

Other Details

The festival is not ticketed. All performances are free and open to the public. All musicians perform for free in new locales to potentially new audiences. All venues support local artists by giving them a platform to perform and encourage participation and enjoyment of the public by opening their doors to their communities. Make Music San José staff help finalize performance details, aid venues in securing permitting, and market the festival in print, online and social media channels.

Who else is taking part?

Over 23 artists, including:

AP Tobler  --  Andre Thierry  --  Barely Funktional  --  CJ Storm  --  Casey Wickstrom  --  Containher  --  Esther Young  --  Frances Experience  --  Frunkymn  --  James Misa  --  Kulintang Dialect  --  MiFaSol Band  --  Moni Canta  --  Nehal & Austin  --  Onbar  --  Philthy Dronez  --  Santa Clara Valley Fiddlers Association   --  School of Rock San Jose  --  Sharat Lin - Dance of Peace  --  Stevie Dale  --  Troy Truong  --  Valdoria  --  What About Honey

Over 8 venues, including:

Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose  --  Five Points  --  Hammer Theatre Center Patio  --  Parque de Los Pobladores  --  San Jose City Hall Plaza  --  San Jose Public Library - Evergreen Branch  --  School of Arts and Culture at the Mexican Heritage Plaza  --  SoFA Market