Celebrate community. Celebrate music.
Make Music New Haven is a one-day festival of free concerts in parks, streets, and sidewalks citywide on June 21, the longest day of the year.
Make Music New Haven is a part of the international Make Music Day movement which brings free, community-wide, musical celebrations to hundreds of cities worldwide. Every year, the celebration is held on June 21, the summer solstice, in more than 800 communities around the world.
The event is an all-ages, all-inclusive celebration of music held at locations around Greater New Haven. Sidewalks, gardens, parks, front porches, plazas and public spaces throughout the city become stages, and special signature events offer everyone a chance to participate.
Unlike a typical musical festival, Make Music concerts are put on by anyone who wants to perform and enjoyed by everyone who wants to attend. This do-it-yourself festival is a chance for local artists and venues of all kinds to join forces to make music for and with the community.
Any musician–amateur or professional, young or old–is invited to take part. Likewise, businesses, neighbors, schools, churches, and organizations of all shapes and sizes can sign up to offer their outdoor spaces as concert locations. All of Greater New Haven is included.
We believe in the power of music! Don’t you? Come celebrate the summer solstice with song!
2019 Listings: Friday, June 21st
Registration for Make Music New Haven 2019 is now open!
PERFORMERS: All Instruments • All Genres • All Levels • All Ages
Create your profile by submitting description of your act, a photo, and any relevant website/social media links. Browse available venues and when you find one you like, submit a request. For additional tips on matching up with venues check out our Tips for Musicians.
VENUES: Storefronts • Outdoor/Indoor Business spaces • Restaurants • Breweries • Concert Halls •Schools • Churches • Parks • Sidewalks • Front Porches • Museums • …and beyond
Create a profile by submitting your location information, a description of the space, and times you are willing to host music. Browse the musician profiles to request a performance. Note: your venue will not show on the map if you do not have a confirmed performance. So, even if it is an open jam session on your front lawn, please enter that as a performance to help others find you.
Not interested in scheduling your own performance? Not a musician?
We have jam sessions and play-along events that welcome any musician interested in participating. Check back soon for more information these signature events. Subscribe to email updates to make sure you get the details as soon as they’re announced.
IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT PERMITS
The Make Music New Haven will work with the City of New Haven to secure necessary permits for registered Make Music New Haven performers. Permits are required for any musician using public property such as sidewalks and city parks. Performances on private property do not require the same permits, but must abide by noise ordinances already in place. If a musical event happens in one of the Greater New Haven suburbs, it is up to the venue and musician to secure appropriate permits for that specific town or city.
Where did the idea come from?
Make Music began in France as Fête de la Musique, a national musical holiday inaugurated in 1982. Ever since, the festival has become an international phenomenon, celebrated on the same day in more than 120 countries, including Germany, Italy, Greece, Russia, Lebanon, Ivory Coast, Australia, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Canada, and Japan.
The name Make Music comes from the French Fête (or Faites) de la musique, which means both “festival of music” and “make music!”
Who can participate?
Anyone and everyone can participate. Amateurs, students, professionals, and established artists are all welcome. Make Music New Haven is open to artists of all ages, all levels of ability, and all musical categories.
Is this an annual event?
Yes, Make Music takes place every June 21. (In 2018, it fell on a Thursday; in 2019, it falls on a Friday.)
How can I sign up to play, or host a performance?
You can register on our Matchmaking platform, which allows you to register your own concert or to collaborate on a Make Music event with local musician and venues that fit your tastes.
I want to have a Make Music event, but I do not have a location.
Concerts can take place almost anywhere – porches, storefronts, garages, gardens, parks, or on the sidewalk outside where you live. Chances are, you already know a location you can use on June 21 to bring your neighbors together and make music.
Do musicians get paid to participate?
Make Music New Haven does not pay musicians — nor do musicians pay them. Most musicians perform for free, but artists and venues are welcome to make any financial arrangements they wish, as long as the concerts are free to attend, unticketed, and in spaces that are free and open to the public.
How will my concert be promoted?
All concerts will be promoted through our online listings platform, interactive maps, and smartphone apps for IOS and Android. In addition, all concerts will receive promotional posters and be listed in a printed program book.
Who puts this all together?
Make Music New Haven is organized by the Arts Council of Greater New Haven, a non-profit arts organization that promotes, advocates, and fosters opportunities for artists, arts organizations and audiences.
Make Music NHV in the News
Hartford Courant: Connecticut To Join Global Make Music Day (March 14, 2018)
PR Newswire: Make Music Day 2018 Returns On Thursday, June 21 (March 28, 2018)
Rolling Stone: Make Music Day Plots 4,500 Free Events, Concerts Nationwide (April 3, 2018)
Live for Live Music: Make Music Day To Host 4,500+ Free Concerts, Events, Lessons Across The U.S. (April 4, 2018)
Billboard: Make Music Day To Return This Summer With More Than 4,500 Events (April 4, 2018)
The Day: June 21 is Make Music Day around the world — and now in our region (April 27, 2018)
Broadway World: Make Music Day 2018 Announces Updated Schedule (May 23, 2018)
Hartford Courant: Celebrate Make Music Day at CT’s Oldest House (May 30, 2018)
Make Music New Haven is a program of the Arts Council of Greater New Haven, a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote, advocate and foster opportunities for artists, arts organizations, and audiences. Your generous support helps keep this celebration of music free for everyone. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation!
This event would not be possible without the generosity and support of our sponsors and partners.
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