17 May 2018

Founded in France in 1982, Make Music Day is now celebrated in around 120 countries worldwide on 21 June. In 2018, the UK organisers are hoping for the best Make Music Day yet, and there's ways for anyone and everyone to get involved, as ALISON PORTER writes.

Make Music Day is an international celebration of music, always on 21 June. It is a 'DIY festival', open to anyone of any age, ability or style of music – so you can create any kind of musical event which suits your participants, and connect it to the UK-wide event and to the rest of the world.

The event started as Fête de la Musique in France in 1982. It has since become so successful there that a 2017 survey found out that 2 out of 3 of the entire population participated in some way! It is now celebrated like a national holiday in France, and is steadily growing in 120 other countries from China to the US.

In 2017 around 180 events took place around the UK, popping up in town squares, shopping centres, arts centres, train stations, hospitals, parks, libraries, schools etc.

The simplest way to get involved in Make Music Day is to take in one of the free performances taking place up and down the country. They're all listed on the website: www.makemusicday.co.uk

Why get involved in Make Music Day

  • To showcase and celebrate the music that you and your participants make;
  • To make potential new audiences and participants in your locality aware of you;
  • To form partnerships with local organisations and give these collaborations a focus;
  • To be part of a worldwide celebration. 

Themes and resources

A Make Music Day event can be anything, but in order to provide some ideas and inspiration, there are resources available:

  • Rural and digital – in partnership with NYMAZ, we’re creating toolkits to support events in rural locations and guidance around live streaming events on a budget
  • Make Music Day song – our partners Music Sales are providing various arrangements of the Make Music Day song, Bring me Sunshine, FREE for performances on the day

There’s also themes and resources on brass bands, women in music and flash mobs. All can be accessed via www.makemusicday.co.uk

If you are organising an event, you can list it at www.makemusicday.co.uk, or get in touch with project managers Alison and Nick at [email protected] for more information.

Article originally published on Music Mark, reprinted with permission of the author.

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