Ayano Kataoka performs during the Gerard Grisey’s Le Noir D’Etoile performance as part of Make Music Day New York at National Museum Of Natural History on June 21, 2017 in New York City. Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images for NAMM.
Held annually on June 21 to coincide with the summer solstice, Make Music Day is part of the international Fête de la Musique, taking place in more than 800 cities across 120 countries. The daylong, musical free-for-all celebrates music in all its forms, encouraging people to band together and play in free public concerts.
This year, more than 70 US cities and the entire states of Vermont and Connecticut are organizing Make Music celebrations, encompassing thousands of music making opportunities nationwide. Make Music Day is presented by The NAMM Foundation and coordinated by the nonprofit Make Music Alliance.
Participating US cities in 2018 include Allen (TX), Asheville (NC), Austin, Black Hills/Rapid City (SD), Boise, Boston, Buffalo, Burlington (VT), Canandaigua (NY), Cary (NC), Cedar Rapids (IA), Chattanooga, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbia (SC), Columbus (OH), Connecticut (statewide), Davis (CA), Denton (TX), Detroit, El Paso, Fullerton (CA), Huntsville (AL), Iowa City, Issaquah (WA), Liberty (MO), Long Beach (CA), Los Angeles, Madison (WI, Mauldin (SC), Mentor (OH), Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Montclair (NJ), Muskogee (OK), Nashville, New York City, Niagara Falls (NY), Nicholasville (KY), Ossining (NY), Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Platteville (WI), Portland (ME), Port Townsend (WA), Provo (UT), Reedsburg (WI), Rochester (NY), Roselle Park (NJ), Salem (OR), San Antonio, San Diego, San Jose, Seattle, Somerville (NJ), St. Louis, Suwanee (GA), Tinley Park (IL), Tucson (AZ), Vermont (statewide), Washington DC, Worcester (MA), and Wyoming County (NY).
Highlights of Make Music Day in the US will include more than 200 Mass Appeals that gather large groups of musicians to participate in impromptu performances using single instruments including percussion. Among numerous additional highlights, on the site of the largest “M” in the world, built out of limestone on a hillside in Platteville, Wisconsin, participants will play a variety of percussion instruments on each of the 266 steps leading to the top.
All Make Music Day events are free and open to the public. Participants who wish to perform, or to host musical events, may register at MakeMusicDay.org. A full schedule of events will be posted on the website in early June.
The NAMM Foundation is a non-profit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its 10,300 members around the world. For more information about The NAMM Foundation, visit www.nammfoundation.org.