Make Music Day (MMD) is a free worldwide celebration of music always held on June 21 during the summer solstice (longest day of the year). Launched in 1982 in France as the “Fête de la Musique” (festival of music), MMD is now held on the same day in more than 1,000 cities in 120 countries.
Completely different from a traditional music festival, Make Music Day is a daylong, musical free-for-all celebrating music in all its forms. It’s a day that promotes the natural music maker in all of us, regardless of age, ethnicity, background, or (and this is important) skill level. MMD encourages everyone—amateur or professional, shower singer or karaoke performer or to tapper—to participate in and enjoy FREE live music.
Over 90 U.S. cities take part in the live, free daylong celebration, encompassing over 5,000 concerts, performances, music lessons, jam sessions, and other musical events nationwide. All Make Music Day events are free and open to the public.
- Note: in 2021, safety protocols will be in place following local requirements (mask-wearing, social distancing, limited capacities, etc.).
MMD provides opportunities for anyone to make, perform, teach, learn, and enjoy music on the longest day of the year. It’s Free and All Ages! #MusicMatters #MusicforEveryone
- In 2021, a new international program highlights an exquisite musical instrument that is hidden in plain sight: the leaf. Using a leaf to create a simple reed instrument has a long history in many countries, including China, Cambodia, Australia, Brazil, Japan, and Nepal. Leaf Music programs on June 21 will include a virtual collaboration where leaf musicians will produce new musical tracks and instructional videos to help anyone turn their local greenery into a symphony of sound.
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Make Music Day Puget Sound
In the Seattle-Tacoma metro area, Make Music Day events are organized in several cities around the Puget Sound region. Each community organizes its own events. Each celebration has a distinct expression. All Make Music Day events are free and open to the public.
- Family Friendly Fun Activities at multiple venues in THE UPTOWN Shopping Center on Pt. Fosdick Drive NW
- 11:00a-1:00p MUSIC4ALL Community Music Making & Interactive Live Stream
- 12:00n- Official “Moment In Time”, “Smallest Marching Band”/2nd Line Parade, “Pizza Box Drumming” and Ribbon Cutting to Kick-Off the Inaugural Make Music Day Gig Harbor
- 1:00-9:00p – MUSIC on 4 STAGES
- STAGE 1: local and international bands
- STAGE 2: Sound Sensory Sensitivity: Entryway by Green House Restaurant. Local favorites perform with minimal amplification, no drums, & 100% heart
- Free Live Music 430-8PM at the Performing Arts and Event Center (PAEC) Plaza, 31510 Pete Von Reichbauer Way S, includes trumpet, a swing band, a marching band, and Marine Hills Folk Jam.
- Bring a chair and a ukulele for a free uke lesson.
- Visit the Make Music Federal Way Facebook Page for Bucket Drumming with the award-winning Washington Diamonds Drill Team. Percussion with a paint bucket or pizza box!
- Give-aways include kazoos, harmonicas (with a free lesson), and Papa John’s Pizza boxes with a class in drumming – Percussion with Paint Buckets and Pizzas!
Make Music Day Issaquah, WA schedule #DowntownIssaquah #MakeMusicDay:
- 4pm – 9pm Kaleidoscope School of Music will rock downtown | Front Street / Sunset Way – Library Stage
- 4pm – 5pm Stephen B and His Ukulele |Hailstone Feed Store / Historic SHELL
- 5pm – 6pm Puget Sounds Piano School | Hailstone Feed Store / Historic SHELL
- 6pm – 7pm Issaquah Philharmonic Orchestra – Strings | Issaquah Depot
- 7pm – 8pm Drum Circle | Pedestrian Park
- More info: Downtown Issaquah Association | Facebook
Make Music Day Seattle
Listed below are highlights for this year’s MMD. In 2021, Seattle’s HYBRID Make Music Day celebration will include a diverse line-up of virtual and in-person music-making events. Last year’s celebration was largely virtual, but many in-person events will return this year.
LIVE performances – FREE socially distanced performances throughout the City of Seattle, including Tiny Marching Bands in downtown Seattle and neighborhoods across the city.
Music Lessons – LIVE and Virtual.
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 at Junkophonics Workshops being held citywide.
Mass Appeal — People of all ages and skill levels will join together both online and in physically distanced, in-person settings 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.
Music Lesson Marathon — Dozens of master musicians curated by Dance Music Initiative, Flight Ukuleles, Hohner Harmonicas, Music Teachers National Association, Nuvo Instruments, and more will offer 12 hours of free, online group lessons on a variety of instruments and across all skill levels. Jump around and experience different instruments, or binge on 12 hours of your favorite.
#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.
The American Song — Capturing the stories and experiences of ordinary people across the U.S., the Make Music Alliance will pair 50 people — one from each state — with 50 professional songwriters in a diversity of styles. On the morning of June 21, each songwriter will video chat with their partner for an hour. In the afternoon, they will write a song inspired by their conversation. That evening, over a second video chat with their conversation partner, they will give a live private performance of the song they just wrote.
Window Serenades — Musicians nationwide will continue the new Make Music Day Seattle tradition of sharing live music with isolated elderly people. Select nursing homes are partnering to invite solo musicians to safely serenade residents from outside their windows.
Young Composers Contest — In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre of May 31 – June 1, 1921, composers aged 13-21 are invited to write a song for an overdubbed, a cappella baritone singer, using text from a first-hand account of the massacre by B.C. Franklin, and submit it by May 31st. A panel of distinguished judges, including composers David T. Little and Trevor Weston, composer/conductor Francisco Núñez, and soprano Talise Trevigne, will provide feedback and select three winning pieces, which will be professionally recorded by baritone Christopher Herbert and released online for Make Music Day.
Global Livestream — 12-hour Global Livestream will show highlights of Make Music Day programs as they unfold around the world.