Make Music

2017 Make Music Philly


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!

Sign Up as a Performer or Venue

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 Department
    4:30 – 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
  • Boomwhackers
  • 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.

About Permits

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.