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. So people can come back to parks, halls, venues of all sorts to make music together.

We are all somewhat uncertain, but Make Music Day will be happening on June 21. A chance for us to put the COVID blues to one side and make music together. 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 create heir own or join one of the Make Music Day Australia initiatives that will take place either face-to-face or online on June 21, 2021. There are some exciting collaboration opportunities with our international friends this year. Check these out.

Young Composers Contest
A composition contest for composers aged 13-21. In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre of May 31 – June 1, 1921, young composers are invited to write a song for an overdubbed, a cappella baritone singer, using text from a first-hand account of the massacre by B.C. Franklin. A panel of distinguished judges, including composers Hiroya Miura and Trevor Weston, composer/conductor Francisco Núñez, and soprano Talise Trevigne, will provide feedback and select 3 winning pieces. Submissions Close May 31.

My Song is your Song
This Make Music Day, artists around the world are invited to the second annual global song swap! Learn a song by another artist, and hear yours covered in return. Songwriters and composers of all styles and walks of life are invited to participate. REGISTER HERE!

MixMash Studios
Bringing producers and sound samplers together. We are looking for producers from around the world to be involved. will be soliciting sound submissions from MMD fans around the world for two weeks leading up to Make Music Day, and then distributing these sounds to participating producers on June 20th who will have 24hrs to complete a track using only the provided sounds.

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 we want to share and celebrate on Make Music Day.

International Drum Battle
Drum and percussion groups make some noise! The Make Music Day Drum Battle will bring together drum and percussion groups of all ages from around the world, celebrating our rich cultural diversity.

Window Serenades
Socially distanced performances for care homes – Musicians will perform outside select senior centres and nursing homes while practicing social distancing. Residents may tape a piece of brightly coloured paper to their window to request a song.

Junkophonics
Instruments from found objects. This Make Music Day, join Bash the Trash Environmental Arts in raising global awareness about household waste pollution by building fun instruments from found objects!

International Leaf Music Symposium
Over Zoom, a special Track Meet featuring leaf musicians, and instructional videos to help you turn your own greenery into a symphony of sound. Join composers, producers and songwriters from around the world in the second annual collaborative race against the clock.

Global Livestream
As a “Main Stage” for Make Music Day, the Make Music Alliance will organise an all-day video stream on June 21 showcasing the rich diversity of being made 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.

About

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.