Worldwide, daylong celebration of free, public, outdoor music on the summer solstice sounds nice? It is! Check out what going on this year on Make Music Day!
What’s the Make Music Day?
It all started in France in 1982 as the Fête de la Musique, and has since spread to over 700 cities in 120 countries. Jack Lang and his staff at the Ministry of Culture dreamed up an idea for a new kind of musical holiday. They imagined a day where free music would be everywhere, all around the city: street corners, parks, rooftops, gardens, and store fronts.
And, unlike a typical music festival, anyone and everyone would be invited to join and play music, or host performances. Make Music is open to anyone who wants to take part, enjoyed by everyone who wants to attend. From classical to folk, hip hop to opera, Latin jazz to punk rock, music of all kinds is performed on streets, sidewalks, porches, plazas, parks, and gardens The event would take place on the longest day of the year summer solstice, June 21, and would be called Fête De La Musique. (In French, the name means both “festival of music” and “make music!”)
Amazingly enough, this dream has come true. The Fête has turned into a true national holiday: France shuts down on the summer solstice and musicians take over. Almost 8% of the country (5 million people) have played an instrument or sung in public for the Fête de la Musique, and 53% of the country (35 million people) comes out each year to listen.
Three decades later, the holiday has spread throughout the world and is now celebrated in more than 700 cities in 120 different countries. In 2014, over three thousand concerts were held across the U.S. for Make Music. Musicians of all styles, all ages, and all skill levels used music to spread joy to their communities anywhere they dreamt of hosting a concert.
sofasession and the Make Music Day
We think the Make Music Day is an awesome event, showing the importance of music and its role in building and bridging communities – community members have cultural events brought to where they are, amateur musicians share their passion and gain confidence, and professionals are introduced to new audiences. It’s the perfect opportunity for finding other musicians with similar music tastes, meet up outside to enjoy the atmosphere and let the creativity flow freely and simply make music together. In fact it’s what we at sofasession want to make possible every day of the year!
So use the vibe of Make Music Day 2015 to get a little attention to your band or solo projects! Just go online to sofasession.com and record a nice little piece of music. (You can also upload a song you have previously recorded) Let’s see maybe some other musicians contribute a nice little extra track to make your song even better. Make sure you put Make Music Day 2015 in the description and with a little luck you and your music project(s) get featured in our blog and one of the next newsletters. We really want to connect musicians and show the world your amazing projects.
So tap your feet, grab an instrument, amp up and bring your community together in a worldwide celebration of music!
Where else can you celebrate the Make Music Day?
What started in France is now a worldwide event. Today, it has become an international phenomenon with hundreds of millions of people worldwide celebrating, creating, and sharing music in public spaces. 8 years ago the Fête de la Musique crossed the Atlantic with the debut of Make Music New York. It has soon gained momentum in North America have a strong partner like NAMM, with nineteen cities participating last year, including “Make Music New York,” “Make Music Chicago” and “Make Music Madison.”
Here just some cities where you can join the party:
- Vienna (Ausria, Attention there’s also something going on on Saturday;) )
- Berlin (Germany)
- Dresden (Germany)
- Hannover (Germany)
- Köln (Germany)
- Rostock (Germany)
- Torun (Poland)
- Milano (Italy)
- Rome (Italy)
- Madrid (Spain)
- Amsterdam (Nederlands)
- Brussels (Belgium)
- London (United Kingdom)
- New York (USA)
- Boston (USA)
- Chicago (USA)
- Los Angeles (USA)
- Philadelphia (USA)