Make Music
York County

About

What is Make Music Day?

Make Music Day is an annual celebration that occurs each June 21, when people in more than 1,000 cities around the world make music together on the summer solstice.
In 1982, Jack Lang and the staff of France’s Ministry of Culture created a new kind of musical holiday they called Fête de la Musique, which means both “festival of music” and “make music!” They
imagined a day where free, live music would be everywhere: street corners, parks, rooftops, gardens, storefronts, and mountaintops.

June 21st, 2022 will be the first Make Music Day held in York County. Consider attending or hosting an event so we can grow access the idea in future years!

Why join Make Music Day?

Make Music Day brings joy, inspires creativity, and transforms communities. It celebrates and promotes the natural music maker in all of us, regardless of ability. Make Music Day events turn
sidewalks and streets into impromptu stages; let amateur musicians share their passion and gain confidence; and give established artists in all genres a chance to perform for new audiences.

Special Make Music Day initiatives, like free instrument lessons and “Mass Appeal” events, invite everyone to join–even if they’ve never picked up an instrument before in their lives.
And for those whose life’s work is to create more music-makers, it’s the perfect opportunity tospread the message of musical participation. Over the years, Make Music Day has earned billions of
media impressions.

To raise awareness even further, dozens of landmarks around the country will turn orange on Monday, June 21 in honor of the day (pictured: Niagara Falls).
By hosting Make Music Day events, music instrument retailers and manufacturers can capitalize on this opportunity to get everyone talking about the power of music, and the joy of making it yourself.


Who Participates in Make Music Day?

Currently, plans are underway by local organizers in 1,000 cities in 120 countries to hold official, citywide celebrations of music on Monday, June 21 with free, openly accessible concerts, music lessons, and participatory performances. Many others in smaller communities – including music stores – are planning their own events on June 21 and organizing music events for their neighborhood, for their block, or for their parking lot.

In 2021, nearly 100 cities nationwide will join the celebration. You can find links to other participating cities and ways to get started at makemusicday.org
.

Events

2022 Make Music Day, York County Events:
(click for more information)

 

For a downloadable PDF list of available Make Music Events, click here: york365.com-event-listing-06162022

Participate

ANYONE can participate in, or host an event for Make Music Day York County!

To Host an Event:
Step 1:
Brainstorm ideas for interactive events that you or your business/organization can host on Tuesday, June 21
Step 2: Secure a location and friends/volunteers, whatever you need to make your event possible!
Need help finding a location? Email us at yorkcounty@makemusicday.org
Parks, small businesses, community service organizations and libraries are all great places to reach out to to host events.
Step 3: List your event on www.york365.com and we’ll tag it as a MMD event, and promote it on this page. Find help in creating an account here.
Step 4: Make Music! We will stay in touch in the time leading up to the event to make sure you have promotional materials and any support you need.

Contact us for help finding an organizer or musician to help with your event OR if you are a musician looking to be paired up with a venue.
Email: yorkcounty@makemusicday.org

Ideas for Make Music Day Events

As a Business or Organization:

  • Invite musicians to meet up outside a local nursing home and play “window serenades” to those inside.
  • Host a day of outdoor concerts/showcases/open mics for the lesson-taking students in your community.
  • Host a workshop to make instruments from recycled or non-traditional materials

As a Musician:

  • Host an outdoor drum circle.
  • Host an outdoor jam session that day with friends
  • Set up to busk in Downtown York
  • Teach first-time musicians how to play the ukulele or harmonica, virtually or in person.
  • Host an outdoor guitar strum–along for customers and community members.

Music retailers and suppliers around the country have found their own creative ways to make an impact with Make Music Day. Click here to hear their stories. 

Young Composers Contest

Young Composers Contest with The Swingles

The Make Music Alliance is thrilled to announce the third annual Young Composers Contest, in partnership with world-renowned vocal group The Swingles.

Composers aged 13 to 21 are invited to set the text of the poem “A Jelly-Fish” by Marianne Moore to music for The Swingles. A panel of distinguished judges will select a winning composition, which will be recorded by The Swingles and released on June 21 for Make Music Day.

The submission deadline is May 22nd – full details are available on our website. Please spread the word among students and young friends!

Support

Contact

Get in touch with us at yorkcounty@makemusicday.org

 

Young Composers Contest

Young Composers Contest with The Swingles

The Make Music Alliance is thrilled to announce the third annual Young Composers Contest, in partnership with world-renowned vocal group The Swingles.

Composers aged 13 to 21 are invited to set the text of the poem “A Jelly-Fish” by Marianne Moore to music for The Swingles. A panel of distinguished judges will select a winning composition, which will be recorded by The Swingles and released on June 21 for Make Music Day.

The submission deadline is May 22nd – full details are available on our website. Please spread the word among students and young friends!