It was a big day on Sunday June 21 as many of us celebrated making music on 2020 Make Music Day Australia – from the Sydney Opera House to suburban back yards, in home studios to botanical gardens, Australians were not letting a global pandemic get in the way of their love of making music. Please visit our VIDEO GALLERY for some highlights and our EVENTS PAGE to check out the events that were registered and staged. Also check out our FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM pages and search #makemusicoz and #makemusicday to see more wonderful performances – we will update all soon on some more highlights and details of a very special event
This year has been one of the most challenging for the music industry, and Make Music Day is no exception. Due to the impacts of COVID19 social distancing measures, the Make Music Day international alliance decided to focus more on music-making activities within the digital and online space in 2020. This move now presents exciting new opportunities and a renewed enthusiasm for celebrating music-making by exploring new and innovative ways of sharing music through digital and online activities while adhering to the health guidelines of each state and territory.
Rob Walker, CEO of the Australian Music Association says, “The challenge thrown Make Music Day Australia by the 2020 pandemic has provided all sorts of creative opportunities for people to make music online, on top of the live opportunities that now exist in public places, said AMA CEO Rob Walker – this combination has revealed a treasure trove of innovation. You can’t keep a musician from making music. There will be hours of ‘live’ musicians online and maybe in your world, you’ll see some in the park or on a verandah somewhere”
This year’s program will see exciting activities across the country including:
- Isabella Manfredi and Josh Pyke kicking off the #livefromhome challenge
- Participants film and upload a video of themselves performing their favourite song to social media, and tag three other mates to do the same
- Make Music Day at the Art Gallery of NSW
- As part of the AGNSW’s #TogetherInArt project and in celebration of Make Music Day 2020, ARIA award-winning, art pop singer-songwriter Montaigne will share a special live-streamed musical performance from the Gallery on Sunday 21 June, 7.30pm AEST.
- Creative Arts Alliance Young Mic Online, QLD
- Young musicians, singers, bands, rappers and beat makers are invited to participate in an online version of the popular Caboolture Club open mic event series
- Parramatta Riverside Theatre presents Ngaiire: Take Down
- After Covid-19 forced the cancellation of her March Australian tour, Ngaiire is back and bringing her new music to a one off event, streamed live on YouTube from the Riverside stage for Make Music Day.
- Adelaide UNESCO City of Music Program, SA
- On Make Music Day, the Cities of Music of UNESCO Creative Cities Network have prepared a musical feast with a special broadcast of over 20 music cities from five different continents. Adelaide, the first and only City of Music in Australia, will curate a program of talented musicians from across South Australia including Adam Page, Nancy Bates, Emily Tulloch, Belinda Gehlert, Ross McHenry, Josh Baldwin, Django Rowe and Brenton Foster to showcase the rich and diverse city of music. Join us for this global celebration of music!
- Melbourne Guitar Show Online
- Some of Australia’s finest exponents of the guitar and other fretted instruments will perform in isolation for Make Music Day Australia. This two hour plus Facebook Fest features live performances by some of Australia’s finest musicians including Phil Manning, James Ryan, Fiona Boyes, Nick Charles, Jeremy Barnes, Alison Ferrier, Jeff Lang, Lloyd Spiegel, Anna Scionti, Joshua Batten, Opal Ocean, Mike Elrington, Simon Gardiner, The Thin White Ukes, Lucas Michailidis, and Ben Kelly, with more names to come
- AIM and Sydney Improvised Music Association Present Jazz Masterclass + Q&A Session
- ARIA-Award winning bassist Jonathan Zwartz and legendary drummer Hamish Stuart form one of Australia’s great jazz rhythm sections. In this special Make Music Day event, they join forces with luminary pianist and Bell Hall of Fame inductee Mike Nock ONZM for a fascinating masterclass that captures the excitement and immediacy of improvised music and showcases the brilliance and creative dexterity of this exceptional ensemble.
- Music ACT Make Music Day Program, ACT
- Music ACT invites All participating musicians from across the Canberra region can “play on their patio”, “do a banger on their balcony”, “sing on their sidewalk” or “rock out on their driveway” to aid a speedy recovery from the COVID19 crisis
- Zoom Zingalong, VIC
- Melbourne based Elwood Community Choir and ZING! Choir are combining for two hours of song sharing, singalongs, musical games and vocal frolics on Zoom.
- Sydney Youth Orchestra’s Classical Karaoke, NSW
- Tuning in LIVE on Facebook, Classical Karaoke will connect musicians of all levels and ages from across the globe, tuning in to play an arrangement of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, conducted live by world renowned conductor Brian Buggy OAM, all in the comfort of their own homes
- Make Music Day ADL (Livestream Mini Festival), SA
- Based in Adelaide but open for anyone to register, this mini online music festival presents a curated program of short performances livestreamed via social media.
Make Music Australia has been made possible by the Australian Music Association, The NAMM Foundation and Live Music Office and many of these activities have been made possible by key project partners and supporters such as CreateNSW, APRA AMCOS, Australian Music Industry Network and Community Broadcasting Association of Australia.
Lucy Joseph, Projects and Engagement Manager for the Live Music Office said, “We encourage everyone to get involved in some way or other in the years to come with Make Music Day. Now more than ever, Make Music Day presents an important opportunity to elevate music making in the recovery process from COVID19. Music plays a vital role in bring communities back together, rebuilding and restoring the joy of making music no matter who you are or where you’re from.”
This year Make Music Day also supports the work being done by the incredible team at Support Act and encourages everyone to donate to this organisation that helps music industry workers navigate through challenging times.
Make Music Day is fast approaching, and with the pivot to online and digital activities now in focus, we’re seeing lots of exciting ideas registered for June 21 celebrations!
- Sydney Youth Orchestra’s Classical Karaoke
- Gunnedah Online Music Eisteddfod
- City of Canada Bay’s Make Music Day Program
- Creative Arts Alliance Young Mic Online
Participation is easy!
In 2020, we’re moving online in response to COVID19 social distancing measures, and encouraging anyone and everyone to come up with innovative ways to make music and share it from home. You can still register you event or activity on the Make Music Day Australia website, so that we can help promote your activity to audiences in the lead up to June 21.
In order to make this pivot to online and digital activities easier for you, we’ve developed a guide outlining some easy ways to use your social media platforms to celebrate music on 21 June.
Download it here for free!
Be part of Make Music Day all across Australia! Join the worldwide celebration of music happening on 21 June by registering your event or activity at makemusicaustralia.org.au/.
Whether you’re a professional musician, part of a community group, an avid music enthusiast or just a passer-by on the street, Make Music Day is free and open to one and all!
Launched in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique, Make Music Day is a day of community-led free musical expression now held annually on 21 June in more than 800 cities in 120 countries.
Make Music Day seeks the involvement of government bodies, local councils, schools and community music organisations, music retailers and industry, and importantly, members of the community.
Make Music Day encourages both amateur and professional music making, and empowers individuals to seek out ways to celebrate and express music in their community. All of it is free and open to the public. Every kind of musician — young and old, amateur and professional, of every musical persuasion — gathers indoor and outdoor, in venues, streets, parks, plazas, paddocks and verandas to share their music with friends, neighbours, and strangers.
Participation is easy – simply register an event or activation on the Make Music Day Australia website, where you can find the latest news, info and resources for your community.
Download our free Make Music Day Guide to get started on organising your event.
The beauty of Make Music Day is that it includes everyone who wants to make music. Check out all the different kinds of performances and places by browsing last year’s program. Program2019 Published Web There are all sorts of examples of how anyone can participate and be a part of a global event on June 21.
Check out the 2020 Make Music Day Australia Guide2020 Make Music Day Australia Guide2020 Make Music Day Australia Guide available at
Have you watched the magnificent SSO at the Opera House on Make Music Day 2019 – ‘Music of the Oud’ – you can view the concert online hereconcert online hereconcert online here
Music of the Oud out-performed Verdi’s Requiem on Facebook and we increased our number of streaming venues, with at least 35 locations participating (including the MMD international locations).
The stream reached a total of 858 video views and 1,588 impressions. The stream had an overall play rate of 75%. The stream was watched by people in 18 countries, including the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada. The livestream has reached 46,000 people. The video currently has 15,669 unique views.
Create NSW is a valued partner of Make Music Day Australia through the many touch points it has in the state. From the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Regional Libraries Network, Regional Conservatoria to a network of arts minded City Councils, Create NSW’s energy and influence saw new innovations from the Department of Transport on the rail network as well as community events around the Sydney metro area where over 2,000 performers came out and joined in a celebration that now occurs in over 800 cities in 125 countries on June 21 each year. One of those was the Bondi Pavilion,
And another in the Sydney Mandolin Orchestra
Make Music Day in its second year in 2019, made great strides to becoming a significant national event. Over 150 locations from Christmas Island to Hobart hosted hundreds of events. From the Sydney Opera House to libraries to arts centres to someone’s front porch. Make Music Day saw the involvement of government bodies, local councils, schools and community music organisations, music retailers and industry, and importantly, members of the community.
Make Music Day encourages both amateur and professional music making, and empowers individuals to seek out ways to celebrate and express music in their community. All of it is free and open to the public.
We estimate over 4,000 performers of all abilities got involved in Make Music Day Australia 2019. And it’s on again – June 21, 2020.
Check out some highlights