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Make Music Day 2020: A Call To Musicians Worldwide

Make Music Day 2020
By Michelle Sciarrotta

Make Music Day started in 1982 in France and last year over 1,000 cities round the world threw citywide music celebrations on 21st June. This year brings new challenges of how to participate with the festival taking place solely online in some parts of the world where people are still facing social distancing restrictions.

What is Make Music Day?

38 years ago, France’s Ministry of Culture created a day where free, live music would be everywhere – a festival where anyone and everyone would be invited to join and play music, or host performances. The event was scheduled for the summer solstice and was called Fete De La Musique. In France, this day is now a national public holiday and the festival has spread across the world, being celebrated in more than 120 countries.

Fete De La Musique translates as both “festival of music” and “make music”.

Where do I find information about what’s happening in my area?

The Make Music Day website gives an extensive list of current areas where people have signed up to host events that you can join and participate in here, which includes chapters in North America, South America, Canada, Africa and Europe.

My area isn’t covered – does that mean I can’t take part?

Not at all! If your city isn’t currently covered, you can create your own Make Music Day event where you live! Just register here and sign up to get creating wherever you may be.

This sounds great, but can I get some guidance on how to create an event?

The Make Music Day website is packed full of helpful resources to make your event a success, and includes event toolkits, press releases, marketing materials and even video tutorials to help you set up your event. These guidance materials can be found here.

What if I don’t play an instrument?

There are lots of activities available for everyone from beginner aspiring instrumentalists to expert producers, and everything in between.

For example, in the UK chapter, Music Teachers are offering free taster music lessons, there are options to cover your versions of well known songs, and even a task titled “Bash The Trash” whereby participants build instruments from old clutter and junk!

For music producers or those interested in sound design in the UK, there is the Lockdown Sound Challenge: anyone can upload interesting sample recordings of sounds no longer than 30 seconds in length before 15th June.

These samples will then be worked into a short track by professional music producers in just 1 hour on Make Music Day, and the final pieces will be live streamed in the evening for everyone to enjoy. Find out more about how to participate in the LSC.

I’m still unsure about getting involved – why is Make Music Day important?

Make Music Day brings joy, inspires creativity, and transforms communities. It celebrates and promotes the natural music maker in all of us, regardless of ability.

Make Music Day lets amateur musicians share their passion and gain confidence, and gives established artists in all genres a chance to perform for new audiences.

For those whose life’s work is to create more music-makers, it’s the perfect opportunity to spread the message of musical participation.

Where can I find out more up to date news and information on the countdown to 21st June?

Whilst it’s good to follow the local chapter nearest to you for the most relevant updates, the Make Music Day social media channels are updated regularly and are a place to keep an eye and an ear on what’s happening and most importantly how to participate.

The best starting points are Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

“I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.” – Billy Joel

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