Make Music Day 2023: Worldwide Festivities Planned to Take Place

Make Music Day 2023

Make Music Day, an annual celebration hosted on the summer solstice, is set to captivate music enthusiasts around the world once again. With over 4,000 live, free music-making events planned across the United States on Wednesday, June 21, this global phenomenon has grown exponentially since its inception as the Fête de la Musique in France back in 1982. Make Music Day transcends age and skill level, inviting people from all walks of life to participate in the joy of making music. Let's delve into the fascinating details of this extraordinary event and explore the highlights of Make Music Day 2023.

A Worldwide Celebration

Originating in France, Make Music Day has blossomed into an extraordinary international festival celebrated in over 1,000 cities across 120 countries. In the United States alone, the event has rapidly gained popularity since its debut in New York in 2007, with 120 cities participating this year. Held on the longest day of the year, Make Music Day embraces and promotes the natural musician in everyone, irrespective of their age or skill level.

The Power of Participation

What sets Make Music Day apart from traditional music celebrations is its inclusivity and accessibility. All activities are free and open to anyone willing to participate. As cities and towns transform into stages, individuals of all musical persuasions—amateurs, professionals, young, and old—fill streets, parks, plazas, and public spaces, sharing their music with friends, neighbors, and strangers alike.

Exciting Highlights

Make Music Day 2023 promises a diverse range of engaging and unique musical experiences. Here are just a few of the national and city-specific highlights to look forward to:

  1. Stridulations: Join composer and percussionist Billy Martin as he conducts a performance of "Stridulations" in various cities, including New York City. This rhythmic composition invites percussionists and vocalists to participate, creating a captivating collective music-making experience.
  1. Roomful of Pianos: Uniting the piano community, Roomful of Pianos will bring together hundreds of pianists of different levels to perform music arranged for ten pianos or more. Piano showrooms and music schools across several cities will host these colossal piano events, creating a mesmerizing symphony of keys.
  1. Make Music, Make Friends: Children from Australia, China, Italy, Thailand, the U.K., and the U.S. will connect through Make Music, Make Friends. Students from each country will create musical greeting videos, fostering cultural exchange and appreciation. 
  1. Flowerpot Music: Participants across the country will perform a composition by Elliot Cole, using an unusual yet beautiful instrument—the flowerpot. Musicians and non-musicians alike can join groups and create captivating outdoor soundscapes.
  1. Mass Appeal: In a remarkable display of unity, people of all ages and skill levels will come together in large, single-instrument groups to make music. Leading music brands are generously donating thousands of free instruments, allowing anyone to join these events and become part of the band.

Make It Special

Make Music Day is an unparalleled celebration that resonates with the music maker in all of us. With its vast program of over 4,000 live, free music-making events, the event encourages participation, creativity, and cultural exchange. From interlocking rhythmic compositions to massive piano performances and global song swaps, Make Music Day offers an unforgettable experience for music enthusiasts of all backgrounds. So mark your calendar for June 21 and join this worldwide festival of musical creativity. 

To explore the full schedule of events and find opportunities to participate, visit the official Make Music Day website at Don't forget to join the conversation online using the hashtag #MakeMusicDay. Let's celebrate the power of music together!