Make Music
Southeastern CT


What is Make Music Southeastern CT?

Make Music Southeastern CT is a part of the international Make Music Day movement which brings free, community-wide, outdoor musical celebrations to hundreds of cities worldwide! Every year, the celebration is held on June 21, the summer solstice, in more than 1,000 communities around the world.

It may look different from other years, but Make Music Day is still a go!

Make Music Southeastern CT will feature musicians of all abilities and music from any genre. Everyone is invited to participate virtually, and with limited opportunities for live performances, in this international day of music by performing, providing an outdoor space (under state and local reopening guidelines), appreciating, or volunteering.

All are welcome to participate- no experience necessary! Join a diverse community of musicians and help fill every town and city in Southeastern CT with music.

Make Music Southeastern CT is brought to you by the Southeastern CT Cultural Coalition as part of our mission to contribute to the cultural identity, economy and quality of life of Southeastern Connecticut by advocating and supporting arts, heritage, cultural and business activities and organizations.

Make Music Day Connecticut is being administered in partnership with the Connecticut Office of the Arts and Make Music Day Alliance. With support of the Department of Economic & Community Development/CT Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Make Music Southeastern CT is modeled after a Parisian tradition (Fête de la Musique) that began in 1982 as a tribute to the Summer Solstice.  More specifically, each June 21st Paris is filled with musicians of all kinds performing on sidewalks, lawns, balconies, in parks, etc. for anyone to enjoy at no cost.  In 2007, Fête de la Musique crossed the Atlantic with the debut of Make Music New York.  Ever since, cities around the world have been starting their own Make Music days.

Join us for the third annual Make Music Southeastern CT on Sunday, June 21, 2020!!

All Ages | Free


Make Music Southeastern CT Returns on June 21, 2020!

Make Music Southeastern CT is returning on June 21, 2020, for our region’s 3rd Annual Make Music Day celebration. Due to COVID-19, our celebration will look different than it has in previous years. Our focus this year is on celebrating Make Music Day with a full schedule of virtual performances anyone can enjoy from home.

We invite you to join or curate one of the many online Make Music Day initiatives that will take place this year in Southeastern CT.

Registration is now live for artists and venues! We have created a new feature to designate events as “online only,” so visit our web portal to sign up and share what you have planned for Make Music Southeastern CT!

Unlike traditional music festivals, Make Music Southeastern CT is an open invitation for everyone to make music anywhere and everywhere. We are excited to still bring all types of music to communities across the world despite current restraints, and we hope you’ll join us!

How Can You Perform?

Make Music Southeastern CT is primarily a virtual event in 2020 with limited opportunities for live performances under the state and local guidelines for reopening. Live stream performances and events may replace the usual in-person performances and events to celebrate the day.

Anyone interested in celebrating Make Music Day by performing should register their live stream performances with us. Registered performances will be promoted on social media, our website, and via email.


Registration to participate in Make Music Southeastern CT looks a little bit different this year. In previous years, we’ve used a matchmaking platform to connect musicians and venues together to coordinate performances. Given the current health crisis, we’re encouraging all musicians to focus on creating free and accessible virtual performances. This eliminates the need to connect with venues, so there is a simpler way of registering your performance to be a part of Make Music Day Southeastern CT.

All you have to do is fill out a brief form letting us know who you are, and when and where (virtual location) your performance will take place. The registration form offers a number of optional fields that ask for information to help us better promote each performance and performer. Please fill out as much of the registration form as possible, as it will allow us to share more about you and your performance.

There are also featured national projects, including: Live From Home, Bedroom Studios, Global Livestreaming, and Window Serenades. Check them out on

All Make Music Southeastern CT performances must be free to attend and family-friendly.

Confirmed Performances


Make Music Southeastern CT is a program of the Southeastern CT Cultural Coalition, a non-profit organization whose mission is to foster region-wide economic growth in New London County by optimizing existing and new arts and cultural activities to assure that cultural sector and creative business assets are central to the vitality of the region. Help us make events like Make Music Southeastern CT possible! Click here to make a tax deductible donation!

2020 Make Music Day Southeastern CT Sponsors:

Bodenwein Public Benevolent Foundation, Bank of America, N.A. Trustee


Interested in being a sponsor of Make Music Southeastern CT, contact Wendy Bury at (860) 448-5135 or


SE Connecticut hosts live tunes aplenty on second Make Music Day
By Rick Koster, Publication: The Day, June 21, 2019

Singin’ in the rain- Damp weather couldn’t derail Make Music Day in New London
By Rick Koster, Publication: The Day, June 21, 2019

Make Music Day to ring in summer with hundreds of live free concerts in Connecticut
By Chip McCabe, Publication: Hartford Courant, June 17, 2019

Make Music Day Photo Gallery 2019

Make Music Day 2018, The Day,  Video by Rick Koster and Peter Huoppi

There were 40 different acts performing around downtown New London on Thursday, and we set out to see all of them. The performances were part of Make Music Day, a free, worldwide celebration of music that takes place in more than 800 cities in 120 countries.

Musicians, venues across the region to take part in Thursday’s Make Music Day 
By Rick Koster, Publication: The Day, June 17, 2018

June 21 is Make Music Day around the world — and now in our region
By Kristina Dorsey, Publication: The Day, April 27, 2018


Make Music Day info and questions: email
Wendy Bury, Executive Director at
Deb Mathiasen, Assistant Director at