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From:      Rainier Avenue Radio
Contact:  Tony Benton,


Make Music Day Seattle, the annual global celebration of music held on the

summer solstice returns to Seattle this year on June 21 with an exciting,

creative, and diverse lineup of both virtual and in-person music-making

events that will immerse and enthrall participants while spotlighting music’s

power to connect, comfort, unite, and uplift. Over 90 U.S. cities will take part in

the live, free daylong celebration, encompassing over 5,000 concerts,

performances, music lessons, jam sessions, and other musical events


Completely different from a traditional music festival, Make Music Day Seattle

celebrates and promotes the natural music maker in all of us, regardless of

age, ethnicity, background or skill level. Make Music Day Seattle is an open

invitation for everyone to make, enjoy, perform, teach, learn and experience

music on the longest day of the year. Due to the pandemic, 2021

celebration was largely virtual.  In-person events returned in 2022.

Launched in France in 1982 as the Fête de la Musique, Make Music Day has

become an international phenomenon, celebrated by hundreds of millions of

people in over 1,000 cities in 120 countries. Make Music Day Seattle is

presented in the U.S. by Rainier Avenue Radio.

Highlights of Make Music Day Seattle 2023 will include:

● LIVE performances – FREE socially distanced performances

throughout the City of Seattle

● Music Lessons – LIVE

● Tiny Marching Bands – Local musicians in groups 0f 3-5, will parade on

the Seattle Waterfront, through Downtown Seattle, South Seattle, and neighborhoods across the city.

● Flowerpot Music — A new collection of pieces by composer Elliot Cole

and directed by percussionist Peter Ferry features an unlikely but

beautiful percussion instrument: the flowerpot. People across the city

will join together safely to debut “Flowerpot Music: Make Music Day


● Junkophonics — Learn how to build and play fun musical instruments

that you create from found objects. Participants can get tips from Bash

the Trash Environmental Arts performers and educators as well as

instrument builder extraordinaire Craig Woodson. Junkophonics

Workshops are being held citywide.

● Mass Appeal — People of all ages and skill levels will join together to make music in

large, single-instrument groups.

● MixMash Studios — Between June 6-20, Seattle musicians are invited

to send in short recordings of bass lines, barking dogs, vocals, machine

noises, or anything else they find intriguing. Then, on June 21, selected

producers will have 24 hours to create an original piece of music using

only those samples provided, and nothing more.

● #MySongIsYourSong — Musicians will join in a global song swap where

they’ll learn an original song by another artist, and hear theirs covered

in return.

During the worldwide celebration of Make Music Day June 21st 2023, “Make Music Day Seattle”, would like to activate every business on the Alaskan Way waterfront for an hour or two between noon and 8:00pm with a busker, duo, group or interactive music opportunity for tourists and waterfront visitors.  Rainier Avenue Radio will be LIVE streaming from pier 62 and other locations across the city of Seattle.  Our primary stream location will be Pier 62.  We will also stream clips from performers at participating businesses on the waterfront.  Our Seattle make Music Day LIVE streams will also be incorporated into the Make Music Day Alliance Worldwide stream.


About Make Music Day

Held annually on June 21, Make Music Day is part of the international Fête de la Musique, taking place in over 1,000 cities across 120 countries. The daylong, musical free-for-all celebrates music in all its forms, encouraging people to band together and play in free public concerts. Over 90 U.S. cities will take part in the live, free daylong celebration, encompassing over 5,000 concerts, performances, music lessons, jam sessions, and other musical events nationwide. Make Music Day is presented by the NAMM Foundation and coordinated by the non-profit Make Music Alliance. For more information, please visit

Contact us: If you have any questions about sponsorship or Make Music Day Seattle’s Activities:

(206) 290-9685

Make Music Day is presented by the NAMM Foundation and coordinated by the nonprofit Make Music Alliance. 

Make Music Seattle, a non-profit organization, was created in 2015 to celebrate music in Seattle, the City of Music.


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Press Release 5/30/23: MAKE MUSIC SEATTLE 

From:      Rainier Avenue Radio

Contact:  Tony Benton, 206 280-3690


Make Music Day Seattle 2023

Over 4,000 free musical events in 120 cities across 30 states on the summer solstice –

– Annual celebration joins 1,000+ cities around the world in global festival –

SEATTLE May 30th 2023 — Make Music Day Seattle, the city wide festival of
making music held annually on the summer solstice, today announced the
return of its vast program with live, free music-making events across Seattle
on Wednesday, June 21st featuring performances at the Downtown Seattle
Waterfront, South Seattle and Ballard.

Launched in France in 1982 as the Fête de la Musique, Make Music Day has
become a global phenomenon, celebrated by hundreds of millions of people
in more than 1,000 cities around the world, including 120 cities in the U.S.,

where it has spread quickly after debuting in New York in 2007. Held on the
longest day of the year, the world’s largest annual music event celebrates and
promotes the natural music maker in everyone, regardless of age or skill level.

Last year, 104 U.S. cities organized 3,819 free Make Music events on June 21,
with more than 100 concerts each in Seattle, Cincinnati, Kansas City, Madison,
New York, and Salem (OR). This year, Albany, Ann Arbor, Fresno, Indianapolis,
Raleigh, and Tulsa are celebrating their inaugural Make Music Days, while
Boston, Detroit, Huntsville, and San Diego return for the first time since the
pandemic. Over 120 cities are active, and well over 4,000 events are planned
around the country, including statewide celebrations across Alabama,
Connecticut, Hawaii, Vermont, and Wisconsin.

Completely different from a traditional music festival, Make Music Day
activities are free and open to anyone wanting to participate. Reimagining
their cities and towns as stages, every kind of musician – young and old,
amateur, and professional, of every musical persuasion – fills streets, parks,
plazas, porches, rooftops, gardens, and other public spaces to celebrate,
create and share their music with friends, neighbors, and strangers.

Showing just how participatory Make Music Day can be, Stridulations by
composer and percussionist Billy Martin (Medeski Martin & Wood), a suite of
interlocking rhythmic compositions that anyone can join, will be a new June
21 highlight this year in dozens of cities, including New York City, where Martin
will conduct a performance for percussionists and vocalists at Little Island on

the West Side of Manhattan. (The name “Stridulations” refers to the sound of
crickets, a species that makes music collectively.)

Uniting the piano community, another new project called Roomful of Pianos
will bring together hundreds of pianists of different levels to perform music by
W.A. Mozart, William Bolcom, and others arranged for ten pianos or more.
Piano showrooms and music schools in Austin, Duluth (GA), Fresno, Houston,
and New York City have signed on to host these colossal piano events, which
grow out of an annual project organized since 2018 at The NAMM Show in
Anaheim, CA.

And in a new global highlight, Make Music, Make Friends will connect school
children aged 7-13 from Australia, China, Italy, Thailand, the U.K., and the U.S.
on Make Music Day. Ten classes from each country will create a musical
greeting video, share it with schools from different countries, and have their
students watch the musical messages on June 21 to expose them to different
regions and cultures.

Other national highlights of Make Music Day 2023 will include:

Flowerpot Music – For the fourth year, participants around the country
will be invited to perform a composition by celebrated composer Elliot
Cole and directed by percussionist Peter Ferry using an unlikely but
beautiful percussion instrument: the flowerpot. Appropriate for

musicians and non-musicians alike, participants can join a group and
create outdoor soundscapes through easy-to-learn games.

Mass Appeal – People of all ages and skill levels will band together to
make music in large, single-instrument groups. This year, leading
music brands such as Alfred Music, Hohner, Rhythm Band
Instruments, and Vic Firth are donating thousands of free instruments
so that any member of the public can stop by these events and join the

#MySongIsYourSong – Songwriters and composers of all styles and
walks of life will join in a global song swap where they’ll learn a song by
another artist and hear theirs covered in return.

Sousapalooza – In multiple cities, including Chicago, Lansing (MI), and
New York, large groups of brass and wind musicians will assemble in
parks and plazas to play the music of “March King” John Philip Sousa.
Anyone is invited to download the music, bring their horn, and join the

For More information visit

2019 NEWS

Booth space at Westlake Park


Who wants to run a STREET STUDIO?

Any place can be a Make Music Day venue!

Shout out by Office of Film & Music

Why Make Music Day is Important (Letter from Board President Ramona Grotte)

Seattle, let’s break some world records!

Make Music Seattle artwork 2018

Photo Gallery

2017 Make Music Day


2016 Make Music Day


Make Music Seattle 2019 Recap

Video clip at Westlake Park, June 21 2019 by Delroy Films.


2019 marked the first year of Make Music Seattle’s management by community radio station RainierAvenueRadio.World to help grow this local celebration of the worldwide holiday MAKE MUSIC DAY.  Make Music Day provides opportunities to participate in and observe free live music performances at all-ages public venues across the city on the longest day of the year, June 21.  Make Music Day launched in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique and is now held in 120 countries & over 1000 cities every Summer Solstice.  Free. All Ages. Public. Music Making for Everyone!

Make Music Seattle 2019 organized 40+ events at over a dozen locations across Greater Seattle including music marathons (9 hours each location) at Westlake Park on 4th & Pine and under the Seattle Great Wheel on the Friends of Waterfront Seattle Pier 58, plus events in Columbia City, North Seattle, West and South Seattle, Bellevue and Lynnwood. Hundreds of performers and participants, and hundreds of observers enjoyed a diverse array of music activities and styles of performances.

There was a harmonica lesson with free harmonicas, an open music jam, youth singer-songwriters and Broadway-style dancers, plus performances including rock, jazz, Klezmer, a father/son rap duo, and reggae at Westlake Park in downtown Seattle.

The Waterfront HotSpot stage featured teen student performances, singer-songwriters, a Turkish band with a ballerina, a DJ competition and Ableton beatmaking demonstration, plus performances including soul, hard rock, and closing with a 9-piece ukulele orchestra.

Additional activities across the city included a songwriter showcase with a dozen performances, a rap battle, and a production class at studios and Crowdsource Choir in Columbia City; a youth showcase by Totem Star in West Seattle; featured music on the rooftop of the Liberty Bank Building, an all-ages jam at a venue in Georgetown, a performance outside of Planet Fitness in Rainier Beach, plus three Verity Credit Union branches hosted live music.

Make Music Seattle also promoted activities outside of the city, such as a day of workshops at MusicWorks NW in Bellevue, another songwriter showcase by Kennelly Keys and Songwriters in Seattle in Lynnwood.

We are also proud to have inspired the very first musical performance at Quincy Jones Square in Bremerton; and look forward to building that location as a partner of Make Music Seattle.


For the first time, the national Make Music Day Alliance collected live streams of #MakeMusicDay events from every continent except Antarctica… including Seattle.

Three Make Music Seattle events (Westlake Park, Waterfront HotSpot Stage, and RiseUp Music Project from the RainierAvenueRadio.World gallery in Columbia City) were live broadcast via audio on’s website and on the TuneIn app, and also live video streamed through their Facebook page and fed into the international stream site.  Complete video clips can be found on the Make Music Seattle playlist at:

The Make Music Alliance stated: “Thank you so much for being a part of the pilot Make Music Day international live stream! It was such a treat to be able to feature your stages. We had over 2,000 viewers throughout the day, mostly at our 20 watch parties around the US along with several hundred on YouTube. (In the community spirit of Make Music Day, we chose to emphasize watch parties). The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, people loved being able to connect with what was happening all over the world. We couldn’t have done it without you, thank you so much for all your hard work to contribute to it!  With 20 successful watch parties that are looking forward to the next one, we’re confident we can greatly increase viewership next year, in the US and abroad.” 



Make Music Seattle enjoyed partnerships with other entities such as Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, Downtown Seattle Association, Friends of Waterfront Seattle, American Music, Stealth Audio Puget Sound, KZ Music Media, KBFG 105.7 and Seattle Wave Radio, Northwest Music Scene, and Mode Music Studios. We were also able to promote two booths at Westlake Park and Waterfront HotSpot stages, including a non-profit music instrument collection organization and a rideshare service.

We also thank our dozens of volunteer supporters who assisted Make Music Seattle 2019 as MCs and Stage Managers, Sound Engineers, Videographers and Photographers, DJs and promoters.


Westlake Park by aka Joshua Diltz

Waterfront HotSpot Stage by Quinton Peters

The Coolout Network Session on the rooftop of the Historic Liberty Bank Building

Waterfront HotSpot stage by Groundzero Keystone student interns in partnership with the Bellevue Boys & Girls’ Club of Bellevue



SPONSORSHIP: This event can’t happen without your support!  Play YOUR part in a very special musical experience.

Top 3 Reasons to Sponsor Make Music Seattle

  • Reach a broad & diverse demographic.
  • Support community development your neighborhood.
  • Support musicians and the arts in general.

We have a variety of opportunities to partner, depending upon your goals.  

Questions? Comments? Email

Tax-Deductible donations can be made towards Make Music Seattle C/O RainierAvenueRadio.World (Powered by Shunpike)




Your participation is helped to grow #MakeMusicDay in Seattle and we appreciate you!

Verity Credit Union – sponsorship
Seafair Festival – support
PA Mathison – 2018 Artwork

101 Percussion – drums
AlientAftermint/ J Joshua Diltz – photography
American Music – event host & equipment
Cirke – event organizer
Columbia City Music Beat – event organizer
Downtown Seattle Association – venue
Friends of Waterfront Seattle – venue
Gigs4U – support
Hard Rock Cafe Seattle – venue
Jonny Akamu Music Lessons – venue
Julia Francis Music – event organizer
KBFG 107.3 North Seattle – media
Kennelly Keys Music – event host
KZ Music Media – marketing
Make Music Day – support
Mo’ Jam Presents – event organizer
Mode Music Studios – event organizer
Music Works Northwest – venue & event organizer
Office of Arts & Culture Seattle – support
Parke Ave – event organizer
Phinney Neighborhood Association – event organizer – media
Seattle City of Music – support
Seattle Hand Drummers – event organizer
Seattle Music – media
Seattle Office of Film + Music – support
Seattle Parks and Recreation – venue and marketing
Shop Amused – venue & support
Songwriters in Seattle – event organizer
Sportn’ Life Music Group – support
STG Education & Community Programs – event organizer
The Bar Shoppe & Lounge / I Heart Sushi – support
The Coolout Network. Northwest Hip Hop Culture and Music – event organizer
Victory Studios / Band in Seattle – media
The Vocalist Studio – venue
Westlake Park – venue


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