About Make Music Day Australia

Held annually on 21 June, Make Music Day is part of the international Fête de la Musique, taking place in a thousand cities and places across 120 countries. The daylong, musical free-for-all, celebrates music in all its forms, encouraging people to band together and play in free public concerts in many different locations and online.  Make Music Day is presented in Australia by the Australian Music Association and the NAMM Foundation.

Performances can take place anywhere, from a major concert hall to a home studio.  All manner of buildings and spaces have been used for Make Music Day from established music venues, churches, community centres, libraries, galleries, shopping centres, bars and outdoor spaces such as parks and town squares. By establishing one specific day each year, 21 June, to celebrate music, Make Music Day encourages both
amateur and professional music making, and empowers individuals to seek out ways to celebrate music in their community.

To help make the most of your participation, we offer a number of resources on this site, including ACTIVITIES GUIDE and a DIGITAL GUIDE | everything from how to create a live stream, logos, posters, using social media and much more.

Everyone is invited to join in and make music! Create a local Make Music Day chapter in your area or Create Your Own Stage | Register your event and be part of a global program

We invite Australian musicians to Create Your Own Stage! or join one of the Make Music Day Australia initiatives that will take place either face-to-face or online on June 21, 2022.

Your can access an extensive FAQ section CLICK HERE 

We are a member of the Global Make Music Alliance | each year we promote a number of initiatives providing opportunities for our participants to collaborate or to be part of the broader Make Music Day celebration. These collaboration opportunities come from our partner Make Music Day events around the world.

Exciting international collaboration opportunities are on offer! Check these out.

Young Composers Contest

The Make Music Alliance is thrilled to announce the third annual Young Composers Contest, in partnership with world-renowned vocal group The Swingles.

Composers aged 13 to 21 are invited to set the text of the poem “A Jelly-Fish” by Marianne Moore to music for The Swingles. A panel of distinguished judges will select a winning composition, which will be recorded by The Swingles and released on June 21 for Make Music Day.

The submission deadline is May 22ndfull details are available on our website. Please spread the word among students and young friends!

My Song is your Song
Make Music Day 2021 invited artists around the world to the second annual global song swap! Musicians from around the world with matched to learn a song by another artist, and hear theirs covered in return. Songwriters and composers of all styles and walks of life were invited to participate with several Australian composers working with colleagues overseas.

Global Folk Challenge
Make Music Day takes place in 125 countries across the globe. Each of these countries has its own unique folk music tradition which will be shared and celebrated on Make Music Day.

Global Livestream
As a “Main Stage” for Make Music Day, the Make Music Alliance organised an all-day video stream on June 21, 2021 showcasing the rich diversity of being made around the world. Australia featured strongly in the Global Livestream, In 2022 the Global Make Music Day Alliance will be  livestreaming in a sun relay for 24-hours of Make Music Day on June 21. More details to follow. You can see Australia’s contribution to the Global Livestream in 2021 HERE

 FAIRE LA FETE

To honour Fete de la Musique’s 40th anniversary in 2022, the Make Music Alliance is organizing a series called Faire La Fête with 40 concerts in 40 countries on June 21, each featuring the music of French songwriters and composers, and bringing attention to the event’s origins and rapid international growth.

CLICK HERE for more information

Sign up to our database and get the latest news on Make Music Day CLICK HERE

If you manage a space or run a venue that would host some free live music on June 21st let your community know of the kind of musicians you would welcome on Make Music Day. Register your event and become part of the Program.

In a time of social distancing, music’s powerful role to bring us together as a community is more important than ever.

Of course, we will come out together in public on June 21 — We are committed to supporting the health and well-being of the public during these challenging times, but governments in all states have removed most restrictions which, over the last two years have largely kept us apart from making music together.

About | Partners | History

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

It all started 40 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. 2022 is Fete de la Musique’s 40th Anniversary!

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 partners in Create NSW,  APRA AMCOS and The Live Music Office, Community Music Victoria. The event has seen hundreds of events and performances since our first Make Music Day in 2018 – all register an event on the Make Music Day Australia website. These online events have become a feature and the program of events that was truly national. We embark on Make Music Australia 2022 with the vision of going even bigger!

We are now working to fill the Make Music Day Australia program with exciting events and build greater awareness of the initiative to people everywhere. 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.

Sign up for news updates HERE