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.