Make Music
New Haven

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About

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.   

Make Music Day events are organized with, for, and by the community. The mission of Make Music New Haven is expansive, inclusive, and courageous. The 5th Annual Make Music New Haven is anchored by two not-for-profit 501(c)3 organizations, CT Folk & The Arts Council of Greater New Haven. Make Music New Haven is a cross-cultural celebration of the magic that is music, rooted in joy and fueled by spirit. We believe that Music has an irrefutable power to unite neighborhoods, amplify voices, and unleash everyone’s innate creativity. 

Make Music Day Events can happen in conventional and unconventional spaces. From sidewalks to community gardens, public parks, or even your front porch. Any musician–emerging 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 a venue.  All of Greater New Haven is encouraged to participate. 

Step into summer, reconnect with neighbors, and dive into your creativity.  

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Make Music New Haven Returns on June 21, 2022!

Make Music New Haven is returning on June 21, 2022, for Greater New Haven’s 5th Annual Make Music Day celebration. We envision neighbors re-connecting, synergistic collaborations, and an abundance of joy.

How Can You Perform?

Anyone and everyone are welcomed and encouraged to create a Performer profile. Creating your profile is short & sweet! Within minutes, you should have access to the Make Music New Haven match-making database. While creating your Performer profile remember to give us the full scoop, by including a headshot, bio, music samples, and social media tags,  you make it easier for interested host venues to learn all about your specific talents. This may encourage them to send you an invitation to play a concert from their venue or approve of your request to perform at their venue! After your profile has been set up, you can search for participating venues and send them requests to play. All additional needs and details can be worked out via direct message on the registration platform.

If you are registering for the first time, we are pleased to have you join us! If you created a profile with us last season, you should be able to log in using the same user name and password.Live streaming opportunities are available.

Click here to register as a performer

Who can participate as a host venue?

Everyone is welcomed and encouraged to host musicians from their outdoor space, sidewalks, backyards, storefronts, small shops, restaurants, cafes, bars, cultural institutions; community gardens; even your own porch, stoop, driveway, or lawn. The only rule, ALL Make Music Day events must be free!

Please do not, however, create a Venue profile for a public park or plaza on your own initiative, as such spaces require special permits that must be secured directly by us. When you do see a public park or plaza Venue profile on the database, it was created by us and is available as stipulated. If you do not see your preferred park or plaza, please contact us at makemusic@newhavenarts.org

Click here to register an event or venue

How can I volunteer?

Make Music New Haven seeks curious and passionate volunteers. Shoot us an email, identifying who you are, where you are, your background, and what you are passionate about! Using your location and unique assets and abilities, we will find the perfect role for you! No experience necessary!

 

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Press

Make Music NHV in the News

 

Arts Paper: Make Music Day Sings its City-Wide Return 

CT By The Numbers: Make Music Day Continues tradition with virtual events for all ages 

Hartford Courant: Make Music Day to ring in summer with hundreds of live, free concerts on the streets of Connecticut (June 17, 2019)

CT Post: Piano Trail, drum circle, performances highlight Make Music Day in CT (June 13, 2019)

Windham Arts: SAVE THE DATE! Make Music Connecticut Returns on June 21st! (May 24, 2019)

ShoreLine Times: The key to a summer of great music in CT? It just might be you (May 3, 2019)

PR Newswire: Make Music Day 2019 Returns On Friday, June 21 (March 28, 2019)

Arts Paper: New Haven Welcomes “Make Music Day” (June 22, 2018)

New Haven Register: New Haven makes a music video (June 22, 2018)

WTNH Channel 8: Celebrate Make Music Day with your family in New Haven and beyond (June 20, 2018)

Musical Intervention: Videos from the world record attempt

Hartford Courant: Celebrate Make Music Day at CT’s Oldest House (May 30, 2018)

Broadway World: Make Music Day 2018 Announces Updated Schedule (May 23, 2018)

The Day: June 21 is Make Music Day around the world — and now in our region (April 27, 2018)

Billboard: Make Music Day To Return This Summer With More Than 4,500 Events (April 4, 2018)

Live for Live Music: Make Music Day To Host 4,500+ Free Concerts, Events, Lessons Across The U.S. (April 4, 2018)

Rolling Stone: Make Music Day Plots 4,500 Free Events, Concerts Nationwide (April 3, 2018)

PR Newswire: Make Music Day 2018 Returns On Thursday, June 21 (March 28, 2018)

Hartford Courant: Connecticut To Join Global Make Music Day (March 14, 2018)

Contact

Questions? Ideas? interested in volunteering? Get in touch with us at makemusic@newhavenarts.org