Make Music Day is a live, free musical celebration on June 21, the longest day of the year, with concerts on streets, sidewalks, and parks across the city.
Make Music Philly is an all-day, open-access, free “do it yourself” festival taking place in various neighborhoods in Philadelphia, PA on June 21st every year. Participation is encouraged from all ages, genres and abilities, from indie rock to bluegrass to a cappella, from music students to professional artists and everything in between.
Make Music Philly’s primary goals are to provide an equal platform for musicians of all skill levels, interests and walks of life and to inspire the next generation of musicians through innovative outreach programming.
This celebration is not limited to residents of Philly, but invites music enthusiasts from everywhere to come participate by performing, attending or volunteering. Join us to ring in the summer solstice as part of an international event with its heart and soul in our local community!
Interested in learning more about performing during Make Music Philly? Everyone is welcomed and encouraged to join the celebration! The event is an all-ages, all-inclusive celebration of music, so whether you’re in a band, a solo artist, a child, a senior, a saxophonist or a thereminist, there’s a spot for you to perform!
A Make Music Philly venue can be a anything and anywhere. Last year we hosted shows at breweries, retail stores, a recording studio, restaurants and churches. Any corner of the city can become a backdrop for live music, from sidewalks to your front stoop to a busy SEPTA stop… you name it!
2018 Mass Appeal Events are coming soon!
In 2017, we cooked up some great events like…
- Bucket Drum Jam : sponsored by Vic Firth, hosted at Dilsilvestro Playground (15th & Morris) w/ Mad Beatz
- Cymbal Jungle, sponsored by Zildjian, at Gloria Dei Old Swedes Church (Front & Christian)
- Uke Night, accessories from Kala and songbooks from Alfred hosted by BridgeSet Sounds at 8pm
- Harmonica Jam, sponsored by Hohner Harmonicas at the Main Branch of Philadelphia Public Library.
3:30 – 4:15 Music listening and drawing in the Music Department4:30 – 5:15 Harmonica John in the Children’s Department’s Story Hour Room.
- Accordion Hour, sponsored by Liberty Bellows and the National Accordion Association at Headhouse Shutters from 5-7pm
- Street Studios, located at Broad Street Ministries and the Franklin Institute.
- Rittenhouse Bluegrass Jam, from 12-1pm
- pBuzz with music teachers from the Philadelphia School District
- NextFab, taking part by hosting a gathering of local music oriented craftspeople including luthiers, amp and speaker creators, pedal conjurers, synth magic makers, and drum thumpers.
Please Note: If you wish to utilize park space controlled by the Department of Parks & Recreation, a permit must be obtained through their special events office. The contact number is 215-685-0060, and a copy of the permit application can be found here.
If you wish to close a portion of a city sidewalk for a performance area, a permit must be obtained through the Streets Department Right-of-Way Unit. The contact number is 215-686-5501/5502, and a copy of the Equipment Placement Application can be found here.
Become a volunteer!
Make Music Day is free for the city of Philadelphia, so we rely heavily on volunteers to keep things running smoothly. That means we need your help on June 21st! If you’re available on this day and would like to help us, please let us know. Here are just some of the things that you might be doing throughout the day:
- Tell passersby about Make Music Philly and answer any questions audience and participators may have.
- Take photos of your stationed event.
- Help keep our performers happy.
- Help with setup and breakdown between artists.
- Help run sound.
If you would like to be a sponsor of Make Music Philly, please sign up Here
Our commitment to sponsors
We value our partnership with our sponsors and will strive to serve as good stewards of the generous gifts by delivering valuable benefits and a positive partnership experience. With a donation, you are helping to make music accessible to everyone in our community.
If you would like to be a sponsor of Make Music Philly 2016, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Past photos from Make Music Philly
Press Release: “Third Annual ‘Make Music Philly’ Returns on Sunday, June 21, 2015,” June 11, 2015
“Weekend Event Picks,” by Allie Volpe, Philly.com, June 18, 2015
“18 Things to Do in Philly This Weekend,” by Bryan Buttler, Philadelphia Magazine, June 19, 2015
“This Sunday: Make some music with Make Music Philly,” by Drea Rose, The Key: WXPN 88.5, June 18, 2015
“Make Music Philly Rocks the City June 21,” by Melissa Greiner, Philadelphia Family Magazine, June 2015
“Make Some Music, Philly!,” by Allison Ector, NBC Philadelphia, June 16, 2014
“Make Music Philly returns on June 21, Lee Fields, Ted Leo, scores of others playing for free,” by Dan DeLuca, The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 11, 2014
“Make Music Philly takes over the city June 21,” Metro Philadelphia, June 19, 2014
“Free events planned for ‘Make Music Philly’,” by Kimberly C. Roberts, Philadelphia Tribune, April 24, 2014
“Make Music Philly Returns This Saturday, June 21,” by Mary Brickthrower, Geekadelphia, June 17, 2014
“Free Concerts Throughout the City at Make Music Philly 2014,” by Ari Roth, That Mag, June 16, 2014
“Philly 3 For All: Baltimore Dollar Stroll, Make Music Philly and Rock to the Future,” Flying Kite Media, June 17, 2014
“Second Annual Make Music Philly Day returns June 21st,” by Matt Kelchner, Vinyl District, May 14, 2014
“June 16-22: Al fresco all week,” Plan Philly, June 16, 2014
“Join us and Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra for Make Music Philly,” Opera Philadelphia blog, June 16, 2014
“Make Music Philly’ day, coming in June,” by Dan DeLuca, The Philadelphia Inquirer, January 11, 2013
Make Music Philly is coordinated by Dillon Minacci, Jennifer Rajotte, and Hannah Taylor. MMP’s founding media partner is WXPN.
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