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.

Make Music Southeastern CT features musicians of all abilities and music from any genre. Everyone is invited to participate virtually and for live performances (in accordance with state and local guidelines), in this international day of music by performing, providing an outdoor space, 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 improve the economy, vitality and quality of life in Southeastern Connecticut by supporting the arts, cultural and creative community.

Make Music Day Connecticut is being administered in partnership with the Connecticut Office of the Arts, Make Music Day Alliance and New London Music Festivals. 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 fourth annual Make Music Southeastern CT on Monday, June 21, 2021!!

All Ages | Free

Information Sessions – Want to participate in Make Music Day but not sure how to get started? Register and attend an upcoming online “drop in” session to find out more!

The following Mondays from 10am-11am:

May 10 – Zoom registration/info. HERE
May 24 – Zoom registration/info. HERE
June 7 – Zoom registration/info. HERE

We’ll provide information and answer your questions about event registration, matchmaking for musicians/venues, event promotion, etc.


Make Music Southeastern CT is Monday, June 21, 2021!

Make Music Southeastern CT is returning on June 21, 2021, for our region’s 4th Annual Make Music Day celebration. This year has a full schedule of in person and virtual performances.

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

Unlike traditional music festivals, Make Music Southeastern CT is an open invitation for everyone to make music anywhere and everywhere.

Musicians & Host Locations – How Can You Participate?

Make Music Southeastern CT will feature live in-person performances (under the state and local guidelines) and virtual events in 2021 to celebrate the day.

Anyone interested in celebrating Make Music Day by performing or hosting a performance(s) should register with us. Registered performances will be promoted on social media, our website, and via email.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER  (Now Closed for 2021)

Note: The online performance option appears on Venue profile setup under “Location” – you can select from in-person, online only, or will move online if necessary, and there is a spot to include a livestream link. So performers who are interested in doing a virtual performance can look for venues to match with that have indicated they will have a livestream.

If you are a performer planning your own virtual performance, instead of creating a Performer Profile, you can List an Event and that’s where you will also be able to include the “venue” details and add online options.

Make Music Day Southeastern CT Toolkit (Approved Graphics, Logo, etc.)


Featured National Projects

Other projects that are coming back in some form for 2021:

  • #MySongIsYourSong was a big success last year, and will return in the same way. Based on chapter input, we’ll likely focus on more national collaborations.
  • Flowerpot Music will likely happen in person this year.
  • 25×12 : Working with various partners to offer more lesson options.
  • Window Serenades involves playing for residents at nursing homes/long-term care facilities outside of their windows, and is quickly becoming an MMD staple!
  • Bedroom Studios is returning and will be evolving to get more people involved, and become a larger international collaboration.
  • Young Composers Contest will come back.
  • Track Meet will return as last year.
  • Bash the Trash will also return as last year.

Check them out on

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

2021 Confirmed Performances


Make Music Southeastern CT is a program of the Southeastern CT Cultural Coalition, a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the economy, vitality and quality of life in Southeastern Connecticut by supporting the arts, cultural and creative community.. Help us make events like Make Music Southeastern CT possible! Click here to make a tax deductible donation!

2021 Make Music Day Southeastern CT Sponsors:

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

BECOME A SPONSOR – Make Music Day SECT 2021 Sponsorship Opportunities

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


Make Music Day heralds the return of live music in New London
The Day, (video) June 22, 2021 – By Peter Huoppi and Rick Koster Day staff writers

‘Music is the key to happiness’: Make Music Day brings joy back to Norwich
The Bulletin, June 22, 2021 – By Matt Grahn

Hundreds Celebrate Summer Solstice With Stroll Down Lyme St. Enjoying ‘Make Music Day’ – June 24, 2021 by Olwen Logan

Region celebrates Make Music Day
The Day, June 21, 2021 – By Sarah Gordon Day staff writer

Sunday’s Make Music Day events go virtual and live
The Day, June 19, 2020

Celebrate Make Music Day online with performances from local musicians

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

For New London venues and musicians, please contact Make Music Day New London coordinator, Rich Martin of New London Music Festivals/The Telegraph, at