Make Music New Haven is a live, free musical celebration on June 21, the longest day of the year, with concerts on streets, sidewalks, and parks across the city.
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 that will be held at locations around Greater New Haven. Sidewalks, parks, front porches, and public spaces throughout the city will become stages for local musicians to perform and for all to enjoy. Everyone is invited to participate 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 neighborhood with music.
Musician and venue registration will open in early March 2019. Check back soon for updates!
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.
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.
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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