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!
Are you 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!
Due to social distancing, Make Music Philly is expected to be an all-virtual online celebration this year. This means that all performances will be streamed on various Facebook pages and other online platforms. In addition to live streamed performances, there will also be several other fun musical events happening that day (see below).
2020 Virtual Events for Make Music Philly
You can look forward to some great events like…
- #MySongIsYourSong – We invite you to join in a global song swap! Learn a song written by another local artist and hear yours covered in return. Partners will be introduced on June 5th, carefully chosen from your registration. Visit www.MakeMusicDay.org/songswap to register for this special event.
- 25×12 – This is a daylong initiative to provide everyone access to 12 hours of free music lessons for 25 major musical instruments. We are accomplishing this through live streaming services and partnerships with organizations/individuals all over the country. We plan to have lessons from beginner to advanced for all instruments, ranging from guitar and percussion to theremin and electronics.
- Virtual Sing-along/Karaoke – Create or participate in a virtual Sing-along session. A virtual sing-along or karaoke is the perfect opportunity for anyone – even the shiest singers – to join in a group singing event. That’s because you can sing along and share a song with others, with your microphone muted so only you can hear yourself.
- More to come!
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 2020, 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
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