Make Music
New Haven

Tang Sauce in Temple Plaza


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. We are inclusive to all kinds of performers and audience members. Events can happen in expected and unexpected places across the region, from sidewalks to community gardens, public parks to your front porch. Performers can live stream their concert live in-person (fingers crossed!) or virtually from home.

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. 

Music New Haven intends to bring people together, boost creativity, and spread joy. We envision a renaissance of activity! Step into summer, reconnect with your neighbors and let out your inner rock star.


Make Music New Haven Returns on June 21, 2021!

Make Music New Haven is returning on June 21, 2021, for Greater New Haven’s 4th Annual Make Music Day celebration. Due to COVID-19, our celebration will look different than it has in previous years. Our theme this year is Reinassance. We envision neighbors re-connecting, synergistic collaborations, and an abundance of joy.

How Can You Perform?

Performers can perform their concert live in person or live streamed virtually from home. For now, as you consider and plan for your 2021 concert please keep the following in mind. Provided that the on-the-ground, in-real-time situation continues to improve, we hope to present as many modestly scaled outdoor concerts as we can. All events will be in adherence to gathering restrictions and safety protocols provided by the Connecticut Department of Public Health and CDC. As  June 21 approaches we will continue to keep you updated, prepared, and safe according to the very latest information available. All Make Music events must be free. Masks and socially distancing is a requirement.

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.

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.

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

Click here to register an event or venue

Please send any questions to

Make Music New Haven will host an information session for venues and artists on Sunday, April 18th from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm.

Join the Arts Council to be the first to know about all things  Make Music Day 

2021 Listings: Monday, June 21st


Make Music NHV in the News

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)


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.

New Haven Art Culture Tourism         Arts Council of Greater New Haven     

CT Office of the Arts     Design Monsters


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