Frequently Asked Questions

Everything you need to know about Make Music Day

Is Make Music Day always on 21 June?

Yes – the date stays the same every year, which means the day of the week changes. This date has been the same across the world since 1982.

Who can participate?

Anyone and everyone! Venue owners, event organisers, council workers, schools, universities, curators, groups, individuals, musicians of all walks of life and music enthusiasts alike can all contribute to Make Music Day.

What can we do?

When it comes to celebrating music, the possibilities are endless. A Make Music Day event or activity can take on any shape or size and be as long or short as you like. Download our 2020 Guide for ideas, suggestions and examples of Make Music Day activities that have taken place all over the world.

Where can we participate?

Make Music Day events can take place almost anywhere – inside or outside, verandahs, living rooms, storefronts, garages, gardens, plazas, parks, or on the sidewalk outside where you live. Make Music Day in the Northern Hemisphere is mostly an outdoor program as it occurs during the summer solstice, however as our program will take place during winter, it’s worth considering indoor activations to avoid inclement weather!

Chances are, you already know a location you can use on June 21 to bring people together and make music, so make sure you register on the Make Music Day website. Alternatively, check out the interactive Make Music Day map on the website to see if there are any events happening nearby that you can take part in.

For outdoor or public activations, we recommend getting in touch with your local council to help with organising your event.

How do I get involved?

It’s really easy! If you have a venue, want to organise an event or want to play some music, simply register your interest on the Make Music Day Australia website: makemusicaustralia.org.au/#participate. We want our events map to be full with music events in all corners of Australia. This is a grassroots music festival and therefore event organisers create events under their own steam.

We want our events map to be full with music events in all corners of Australia. This is a grassroots music festival and therefore event organisers create events under their own steam.

Venue owners, schools, music stores, workplaces, organizations and businesses, and even avid music enthusiasts can all facilitate a Make Music Day event. You can also volunteer to help out at an event. All events need help with promotion or hospitality, stewarding or technical assistance on the day. The needs vary from event to event, so in most cases you would need to contact the relevant organiser.

Do all events have to be free entry?

Yes – one of the founding principles of this global celebration is that the events are free at the point of entry and therefore accessible to the greatest number of people. This does not mean that revenue cannot be generated in other ways – food and drink, merchandise, raffles, in-kind support, donations etc. Sometimes people organise a fundraising event prior to the big day in order to cover their costs.

Do musicians get paid?

This will be entirely dependent on what kind of activation takes place. Individual venues and organisers working with professional musicians or groups should have appropriate financial arrangements in place for the event, however as the aim of Make Music Day is to be as inclusive as possible, amateur and community groups and regular citizens are also encouraged to participate however they would like.

Musicians Australia supports Make Music Day as a community-driven live music project and encourages all musicians to participate. Make Music Day events operate on the principle and undertaking that where events are being held for commercial purposes musicians will require compensation in terms of performance fees or by equivalent and/or traditional agreed methods. As the voice of Australia’s working musicians Musicians Australia stands for building a strong, sustainable and resilient music culture.

For more information please visit Musicians Australia’s website www.musiciansaustralia.org.au

How will my event be promoted

When you register your event or activation on the Make Music Day website, it will be included on an interactive map that shows where Make Music Day activities are happening all over the country. The Make Music Day Australia website will also promote feature events in the lead up to June 21, as well as promote events across social media platforms and through editorials with media outlets. We also encourage you to promote your event through your own channels and media partnerships. We have provided Make Music Day logos for free download via the website.

Helpful hint: the earlier you register your event or activity, the more we can promote it across all our communications channels!

What do I do about licensing, insurance and regulations

Make sure you check with your venue, organisation or local council about requirements for licensing, insurance and what regulations or policies that may be in place that might affect your event or activation. APRA AMCOS can provide further help and support around licensing for events: apraamcos.com.au/music-customers/licence-types/event-licences/