Happy Make Music Day!

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Today is Make Music Day 2021, and at the MIA we are very excited to share with you some of the events taking place throughout the day. To get into the festival spirit, here are three events that we’re really looking forward to; 

  • An exclusive virtual event brought to us by MIA Member Dawsons Music & Sound
  • MIA Member Hal Leonard Europe will be helping to judge a nationwide competition to find the best cover version of ‘Stand by Me’, The first prize being a £150 voucher to spend at Musicroom.com
  • Flight Ukulele’s are hosting 12 hours of ukulele lessons and workshops for Make Music Day’s – Music Lesson Marathon

We’ve put together some details to let you know all about today’s fantastic events and how you can get involved. But first here’s a little information about Make Music Day 2021; 

Musicians and music lovers are set to take part in hundreds of inclusive events across the UK to celebrate Make Music Day (MMD) – the world’s largest, grassroots DIY music festival taking place today in 125 countries.

This year’s programme includes a hybrid of in-person and online events, alongside a live broadcast on the MMD UK website showcasing a variety of creative projects, events and global collaborations which you can find here

With events taking place nationwide, MMD is the UK’s largest free single-day music festival, encouraging musicians, producers, promoters and music fans to collaborate and organise events in their communities. 

Musicians are also invited to take part in one of many national and international projects, organised by MMD UK and its partners at home and abroad. 

Barbara Eifler, Chair of Make Music Day UK, said: 

“Make Music Day is that one day in the year when we can all celebrate music and recognise the incredible variety of musicians, old, young, professional, leisure-time, fantastic champion players, complete beginners – and all the different kinds of music that they love and perform. Music is a language that connects us all, across communities, across nations, across the world. I cannot wait to see what creative events will take place this year and to see the joy in people’s faces as they listen or play or sing. It’s been a hard year, everywhere on the globe, let’s come together on 21 June through music and start healing.” 

Watch MMD’s 2020 Highlights here: 

MIA Member Dawsons Music & Sound are getting involved today in Make Music Day 2021 with an exclusive virtual event.

To coincide with the Make Music Day ’21 festival, the Dawsons Music & Sound team across the UK are joining forces to curate a 90-minute Livestream that will include live performances from artists, bands, DJs, and Producers – some of whom are members of the Dawsons Music & Sound family.

Expect to hear music from a variety of artists ranging from indie rock to classical, DJ to singer-songwriter – there is truly something to suit all musical tastes. Alongside in-store recordings from their Belfast and Manchester teams, the Livestream will comprise interviews, acoustic sessions, and live performances with footage from BBC Music Introducing LIVE and our DMS Presents Leeds Live event. There will even be a special performance of the Make Music Day ‘21 Anthem, “Stand By Me”, by a very talented young choir from NACN (Newtownabbey Arts and Culture Network).

Event Info: Date, Time, and How to Watch! 

When is it? 21st June 2021 (Today!)

What time is it on? 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

How to watch? Dawsons Music & Sound YouTube and Facebook

Leading music publisher and MIA Member Hal Leonard Europe is continuing its support for Make Music Day.

Hal Leonard Europe is proud to once again provide resources to assist Make Music Day performances. As with previous years, in collaboration with Wise Music Group, a selection of sheet music arrangements of ‘Bring Me Sunshine’ have been made available for Make Music Day participants to access. This year, in collaboration with Sony Music Publishing, the classic song ‘Stand By Me’ is also available in a variety of versions. These songs and more have been available on Sheet Music Direct, with special 60-day free access for those taking part.

Hal Leonard Europe will be helping to judge a competition to find the best cover version of ‘Stand by Me’, details of which can be found here. The first prize is a £150 voucher to spend at Musicroom.com. 

Tom Farncombe, Business Development Director at  Hal Leonard Europe said;

“Make Music Day is that one day in the year when we can all celebrate music and recognise the incredible variety of musicians, old, young, professional, leisure-time, fantastic champion players, complete
beginners – and all the different kinds of music that they love and perform. Music is a language that connects us all, across communities, across nations, across the world. I cannot wait to see what creative events will take place this year and to see the joy in people’s faces as they listen or play or sing. It’s been a hard year, everywhere on the globe, let’s come together on 21 June through music and start healing.”

Here you can watch Apollo 5 launch the competition with their cover of ‘Stand By Me’:

 

Today Flight Ukulele are hosting 12 hours of ukulele lessons and workshops for Make Music Day’s – Music Lesson Marathon 

The workshops will be for players of all skill levels and will be streamed live on Flight’s YouTube channel starting at 9am Central Time (CT). The stream will be free to join, and participants will be able to comment and ask questions to the presenters. 

The workshops will be delivered by Flight’s diverse range of talented Flight Uke Crew artists and teachers including:

Peter Moss – Peter has been playing the ukulele for 50 years. He is not only an accomplished ukulele player but a fantastic teacher. Peter will be giving an introductory workshop on the fundamentals of fingerpicking.

Tyler from Ten Thumbs – Tyler’s successful ukulele and guitar teaching YouTube Channel has almost 300k subscribers and his lessons are popular with beginner and advanced ukeleists alike and strongly influenced by rock and blues. In his workshop, Tyler will be delving into the versatility of the pentatonic scale.

Ukulele Simon loves to try new and different things on the ukulele such as combining the ukulele with effects, beatboxing and other unconventional tutorials to give you a new and fresh take on this great little instrument. In his workshops, Simon will be talking about how to transpose songs on the ukulele.

This looks set to be one one the biggest ukulele events of the year!

See the full line up for times and details of each workshop and presenter on the Make Music day website here.

More information about Make Music Day, including news, event listings and how to get involved, can be found at makemusicday.co.uk

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