We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we work and live and make music, and recognise their continuing connection to land, water and community. We pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging and we extend that respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with us today.

Dear friends,

We hope this finds you safe and healthy.

In 2020 the world grappled with the huge impact COVID-19 and in our daily lives and as 2021 commences we continue to. As we plan for Make Music Day on June 21, 2021, we have some optimism that public gatherings to make music on Make Music Day will be feasible at that date.

We are all somewhat uncertain, but we wanted to let you know that Make Music Day will still be happening on June 21. Unlike traditional music festivals, Make Music Day is an open invitation for everyone to make music anywhere and everywhere. In 2020 our annual celebration of music making pivoted to online as well as face-to-face as was allowed in some states and territories. It was a great success with over 60 online submission online to supplement over 200 other events around the country. We hope to be taking over the streets, parks and venues with music making on June 21, but we now know that people can successfully participate online too. We invite Australia to join one of the Make Music Day initiatives that will take place either face-to-face or online on June 21, 2021. Some of the initiatives that we joined in with international partners included;

  • Live From Home Challenge: Record a musical performance at home on June 21, and tag three friends to challenge them to respond with their own performances.
  • Street Studios: Be part of a completely improvised music creation session. Record any sound or musical material on June 21st and upload it to one of the “Street Studio” producers, then watch the producer’s livestream as they incorporate it into a musical track created on the spot, using only the submitted materials.
  • Bands Undercover: Individuals or bands sign up to cover each other’s original music, and live stream their performances to each other in a unique musical exchange on June 21.
  • Global Livestream: a day-long video stream on June 21 will show the rich diversity of live Make Music Day events around the world.

More details of new initiatives will be announced soon, but we encourage you to get creative with your own ideas for online and digital activities as well as in our streets, schools and public places!

In this time of social distancing, music’s powerful role to bring us together as a community is more important than ever. We can still stay connected online and celebrate music should physical distancing be required by the regulations of the day.  Of course, we still hope to come out together in public on June 21 — in Australia we have done much to ensure we can gather to make music on June 21, 2021

We are committed to supporting the health and well-being of the public during these challenging times, and will follow the guidance of government health departments to make sure everyone stays safe.

Make Music Day is a free celebration of music making around the world on June 21st. 

Launched in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique, it is now held on the same day in more than 750 cities in 120 countries.

Completely different from a typical music festival, Make Music Day is open to anyone who wants to take part. It’s a DIY Music Festival! Every kind of musician — young and old, amateur and professional, of every musical persuasion — can organise their own gig, or join the many organisations that will host events, to share their music with friends, neighbours, and strangers. All of it is free and open to the public.
Be a part of Make Music Day!



Make Music Day has grown as a global celebration of music making across more that 1000 cities around the world. 

It all started 38 years ago in France. In 1982, 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.

The event would take place on the 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: Paris 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 64% of the country (43 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 800 cities in 120 different countries.

Make Music Day Australia began in 2018 with the funding and resources of the Australian Music Association (AMA), via its partner the NAMM Foundation and the Make Music Alliance. We also welcome our significant local presenting partner APRA AMCOS and The Live Music Office. The event saw over 100 events in 80 locations register an event on the Make Music Day Australia website. These numbers doubled in 2019 and again in 2020 when online events became a feature and the program of events was truly national. We embark on Make Music Australia 2021 with the vision of going even bigger!

We are now working to progress the Make Music Day Australia program and build greater awareness of the initiative on a national level.

Each year we aim to develop an events program created by a community of music makers all over Australia. We also host social media to build community awareness of the program and the opportunities provided for making music.

Website Support & unique URL’s for particular events of scale can be accessed as a resource for bigger organisations wanting to host Make Music Day events.

Take part in this amazing adventure

Enquire now


How to Make Music on June 21?


  • Create a live-streamed event on social media!
  • Post pre-recorded content on social media!
  • Create your own Make Music event where you live!
  • Create your own Make Music Day event at your school!
  • You could be a community music club or group that could promote a big annual event among its members
  • Contact your local council and ask can you have a spot to play? Parks, Plazas, and Shopping Centres
  • Join an existing community event and add to the numbers
  • You could be a government or industry organisation seeking to present a larger-scale Make Music celebration in your city, shire or town. Please email rob.walker@australianmusic.asn.au to discuss the resources needed and how the AMA can assist you to promote your event

A downloadable tool kit is available in the RESOURCES section of the site. It guidance and ideas on how to participate in Make Music Day.

What are you registering ?

An Event/Activity – Register the details of the activity or event you’re organising so that others can find it on 21 June! Please include the  activity description, date, time, location/URL/social media handle and organisers details.

A Venue 
Register the details of your venue so that any event organisers or musicians can find your venue and get in touch with you to organise hosting their events in your venue. Please include the address, size, capacity, tech and AV provisions, amenities and contact details.


All Make Music events are free and open to the public at the point of entry.

Make Music Day will coordinate a national online program of events as advised by hosts.

Pre-recorded content that is submitted to the Make Music Day Australia website will be displayed in an online gallery on June 21.

Why Make Music Day? Why Participate? Performance!

Participation is open to musicians of all levels. Over the coming months will help the community learn how to stage a Make Music Day event.

Participation can be developed at many levels, state & local government, community organisations, chambers of commerce, music clubs and schools

  • Thousands of amateur musicians, of all ages and genres, play for some of the biggest crowds of their lives and some play in front of people for the first time. Everyone can experience the joy of performing, even those without the skills or connections to find gigs in regular venues.
  • Professional artists and presenters showcase their music to a new audience, reaching people who would never normally hear their work.
  • Schools can reach out to the community and celebrate Make Music Day while the community rejoice in the rich talent in our schools.
  • Participants feel part of a larger musical community, and the freedom to wander around and improvise with each other. For most musicians, it will be unlike any other musical experience they have had.
  • Listeners can come out from under their headphones and experience live music up close. Audiences feel no pressure to stay if they don’t like a particular band; with no money spent and no walls holding them in, they can wander to discover unfamiliar genres and groups risk-free.
  • Local business districts attract customers by hosting musicians in front of shops and restaurants.
  • For neighbours, it’s a chance to turn ordinary sidewalks and streets into impromptu stages, dance floors, and social meeting points, and bring their community together.
  • For the city as a whole, it’s a way to attract tourists from other parts of the region to come experience the city’s cultural richness.
  • Through the Council’s events, economic development and Arts & Culture programs, municipal councils can, by providing space and communications, encourage the community to come together in a making music project that joins the Global event that is Make Music Day

Make Music Day is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW.


The association is proud to work with many fine organisations that contribute to our community and music making.


For any enquires please email info@australianmusic.asn.au

Australian Music Association

3/6 Atherton Road,
Oakleigh VIC 3166

(03) 92541019