Make Music
New Haven


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 held at locations around Greater New Haven. Sidewalks, gardens, parks, front porches, plazas and public spaces throughout the city become stages, and special signature events offer everyone a chance to participate.  

Unlike a typical musical festival, Make Music concerts are put on by anyone who wants to perform and enjoyed by everyone who wants to attend. This do-it-yourself festival is a chance for local artists and venues of all kinds to join forces to make music for and with the community.

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. 

We believe in the power of music! Don’t you? Come celebrate the summer solstice with song!


Make Music New Haven Returns on June 21, 2020!

Make Music New Haven is returning on June 21, 2020, for Greater New Haven’s 3rd Annual Make Music Day celebration. Due to COVID-19, our celebration will look different than it has in previous years. Our focus this year is on celebrating Make Music Day with a full schedule of virtual performances anyone can enjoy from home.

How Can You Watch?

Check out the full listings of performances here:

View Performance Listings

How Can You Perform?

Make Music New Haven is a virtual event in 2020. Live stream performances and events will replace the usual in-person performances and events to celebrate the day. Anyone interested in celebrating Make Music Day by performing should register their live stream performances with us. Registered performances will be promoted on social media, our website, and via email.

All Make Music New Haven performances must be free to attend and family-friendly.

Register as a performer

Registration to participate in Make Music New Haven looks a little bit different this year. In previous years, we’ve used a matchmaking platform to connect musicians and venues together to coordinate performances. Given the current health crisis, we’re encouraging all musicians to focus on creating free and accessible virtual performances. This eliminates the need to connect with venues, so we’ve opted to offer a simpler way of registering your performance to be a part of Make Music New Haven.

All you have to do is fill out a brief form letting us know who you are, and when and where (virtual location) your performance will take place. The registration form offers a number of optional fields that ask for information to help us better promote each performance and performer. Please fill out as much of the registration form as possible, as it will allow us to share more about you and your performance.

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Make Music NHV in the News 

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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