Make Music Day UK – always on 21 June – is part of a global grassroots music festival, celebrating all kinds of music in all kinds of spaces, performed by young and old, professional and amateur, beginners and experienced musicians.
Now that Learn to Play Day is over (look out for an update later in the week to find out how well it went!), we are swinging into action with our next big event of 2019; Make Music Day,
Unique to this global celebration is that anyone can perform or take part, all events are free and, wherever possible, are in public spaces and streamed online. Started in 1982 as Fête de la Musique, there are now 19,000 events in France with two thirds of the population involved, and it has expanded to over 120 countries, from China to Argentina, Australia to Nigeria.
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.
It’s the UK’s biggest single-day music event with 1,600 free performances expected, and an audience of over 300,000!
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.
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.
Themes for Make Music Day UK this year are: international collaboration, including twin city events; electronic music; digital performance; rural performance and music in libraries. Flagship events will be announced in due course. Make Music Day UK is proud to include Nicola Benedetti CBE and Lord Bird MBE amongst its ambassadors.
At the official launch, Barbara Eifler, Co-chair of Make Music Day UK, said:
“We are delighted to see communities across the UK embrace the opportunity to be part the world’s biggest participatory music festival. In just two years since starting to coordinate this festival in the UK, we are already reaching over 100,000 people. Last year nearly 7,000 musicians shared their talents and this year will be even bigger! Make Music Day is a chance for everyone to share and celebrate their kind of music with new people and be part of something bigger. It’s about shining a spotlight on all the amazing music which is part of every area and every community, but often hidden.”
In 2018 there were 558 free music events all over the UK, from the Isle of Wight to the Isle of Lewis. Locations included city centres such as London Bridge and Edinburgh, bandstands, libraries, hospitals, tube stations, pubs, gig venues, and rural performances on the Yorkshire moors – amongst others. Music performed included choral, pop, classical, folk, orchestral, jazz, world, brass band, R&B, rock, electronic, and more. All types of performers are welcomed in this inclusive feel good event.
More information at: www.makemusicday.co.uk or follow @MakeMusicDayUK on social media.
Get in touch if you have any questions or would like to discuss an idea!