A new name – bigger plans – still an amazing celerbation of music on 21 June...
Click below to visit the new and improved website!
This year the 21 June celebrations continue as normal but our existing organisation is expanding and merging with the Make Music Day UK group.
This website will soon directly redirect to the new, bigger and better site. You will still be able to find an event local to you on an events map – and registration will also soon be open for those who wish to contribute their music, time or tech skills.
These UK events are part of a global phenomenon happening in over 100 countries and 700 cities around the world!
Make Music Day will be on Thursday 21 June 2017. We edge closer to a weekend date and hope to see more people out for the frivolities. The continuation of the mid-week dates means we will continue to focus on smaller street gigs, schools, amateur music groups and independent venues. The Events Map and Listings will be live early in the year.
International Music Day relies on people to take the initiative and organise their own events. As we are still in a formative stage here in the UK we have a truly grassroots movement and every year we are looking for organisers, venues or promoters to host their own Music Day event. Check our Get Involved section for inspiration and resources.
Music Make Day would be nothing without music and although all events that are part of Make Music Day are free it’s a great opportunity for musicians of all ages, amateur or professional, and there will be plenty of places for you to play.
Start geeing up your local promoters and check back for details of venues and spaces that are available!
Music Make Day is a connected set of free public events which takes place each year on the 21st June, our midsummer. Each year there are events in over 120 countries and 700 cities around the world, not including France where there were too many events to count!
Check out some photos from last years events around the globe.
The event is also known as Fête de la Musique (www.fetedelamusique.culture.fr) (or Music Day and sometimes as World Music Day) and originated in France in 1982. Since then the idea has spread across the globe with each event holding to the same simple set of principles: that the day is held on the mid-summer solstice and that all concerts and events are free and accessible to the public.
Typically this means that the music is brought out onto the streets, though venues are also encouraged to get in on the act!
2012 was the first year that the UK made a co-ordinated contribution towards Make Music Day and the number of events taking place has been growing year on year, regardless of what day of the week the date falls on.
We want everyone to think about how they can participate in a UK contribution to Make Music Day — whether that be performing, organising an event, convincing a venue to take their music outside or lending your time, equipment and support.
Of course you can also just turn up and join in the celebrations! To get this event taking hold in the UK we need people to spread the word. Please join our mailing list, follow us on social media, or send our press release out to your own networks, friends and colleagues. The UK can then truly embrace the amazing worldwide phenomenon known as Make Music Day – it's simply the best way to celebrate the longest day of the year!