Make Music Day – Created Locally, Connected Globally.
Make Music Day is an annual worldwide celebration, with free music events taking place in venues and public spaces – from shops to libraries, bandstands to town squares and train stations. It takes place on the longest day of the year – 21st June. You can organise or get involved in an event near you while joining thousands of other music lovers around the world in over 120 countries. Make Music Day is based on France’s Fete de la Musique which has been running for over 30 years. In France, the event is enormous – every street corner and public place is filled with music. The event reached two thirds of the population of France last year – something to aim for here in the UK!
This event is a DIY celebration that needs YOU to make it happen
Make Music Day is a great opportunity to promote your shop, business, venue or musical activity and reach new customers, audiences and members.
So, how can you get involved?
Organise an event – if you’d like to organise your own event, whether it be in your music shop, or in a new space such as your local town square, shopping centre or pub, you can register it on the Make Music Day website. Events can range from concerts and gigs to open rehearsals and participatory workshops.
Retailers – this is an opportunity for you to be visible in your community; why not contact some local musicians and put on a gig for the public outside your shop? You’d be surprised by how many people don’t know you’re there!
Sign up as a musician – maybe you’re a band, singer or choir who would like to take part but have nowhere to perform. Register on the website and local venues can get in touch. Or organise your own event to perform at.
Sign up as a venue – if you’d like to host an event in a space that you own or manage, you can register your venue on the website then search for musicians in your area who are looking for somewhere to perform.
Get involved in one of the musical inspirations – themes for this year’s Make Music Day include: The official Make Music Day song (the Morecambe and Wise classic Bring me Sunshine), brass bands, singing flashmobs, rural music, women in music… This could be a great PR opportunity!
Suppliers & Manufacturers – you can also promote your brand through Make Music Day. Last year, music suppliers lent equipment such as PAs and instruments to local events in return for branding opportunities. If you’d be interested in supporting Make Music Day in this way, do get in touch.
Or you could hold your very own event in your local community…
Check out what Yamaha did last year – flying high and giving lessons to kids on the London Eye!
What MMD UK will do for you…
Practical support – there’s practical support and advice on offer to anyone wishing to organise an event. Lots of practical information and toolkits can be found on the website.
Musical stuff – there are different themes that you can get involved with that come with free musical resources you can use.
Marketing – once your event is set up, you will be supported in promoting your event to the general public with branding and marketing templates and more. All events will also be promoted through MMD UK’s PR and media campaign, website, mailing lists and contacts.
What are you waiting for?! For more information…
- Check out the website – www.makemusicday.co.uk
- Follow MMD UK on Twitter and Facebook
- Sign up to the mailing list to receive regular updates
- Get in touch if you have any questions or would like to discuss an idea