Make Music
New Haven


Make Music Day is a FREE celebration of music that takes place in cities around the world, on June 21st. Every kind of musician – young and old, amateur and professional, of every musical persuasion – pours onto streets, plazas, and porches to share their music with friends, neighbors, and strangers.

Last year, over 800 cities around the world had citywide music celebrations on June 21st.

This year, New Haven will join hundreds of cities around the globe as we mark the beginning of summer with Make Music New Haven. The event is an all-ages, all-inclusive celebration of music that will be held at locations all around New Haven. Throughout the day, you may hear music being performed on a sidewalk, a residential porch, the steps of a church, a parking lot, parks, or even at a public place of business. All are welcome to participate – no experience necessary! Join a diverse community of musicians and help fill every neighborhood with music.



Interested in performing during Make Music New Haven? Musicians of all abilities and genres are invited to showcase their talent and share their love of music! The event is an all-ages, all-inclusive celebration of music. Register to be a performer by creating a profile, browse available venues, and make an offer to perform in a New Haven location. The venue will confirm your request. Venues may reach out to you directly once you have created a profile. There is no fee to participate.

Everyone, regardless of age, ability, or preferred musical style can participate. We encourage you to embrace your inner musician, share music freely with your peers, and celebrate the rich musical diversity of your communities.
Are you interested in hosting an event? Make Music New Haven is a unique way to activate your space, engage your community, and inspire anyone and everyone to discover the joy of making music. Venues can be in front of or in stores and restaurants, front porches, parks, schools, and more. Venues may be located indoors or outdoors (preferably outdoors) and must be accessible to the general public without an entry fee. We’ll provide you with official MMNHV decals so that everyone in your community will know you support Make Music New Haven. Permits will be secured for all venues registered made on the MMNHV website. Register to be a venue, browse musician profiles and request a performer you’d like at your location. 


Make Music New Haven would not be possible without the generosity and support of our sponsors and partners.

New Haven Arts Culture Tourism        

CT Office of the Arts


For sponsorship inquiries, please contact us at 


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 2017, it fell on a Wednesday; in 2018, it will fall on a Thursday.)

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.
(Click here to register.)

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 public spaces.

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.


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