Make Music Day is a free celebration of music that takes place on 21 June each year in 120 countries around the world. This international event encourages all types of musicians and music groups to put on events in their communities to celebrate and promote music-making.
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, with every street corner and town square filled with music for the day; the event reached two thirds of the population of France last year! Make Music Day is a bit younger in the UK having only been running for a couple of years. Last year there were 180 events across the UK reaching around 10,000 people. Events included straight forward performances, through to open rehearsals, sing-alongs and flash mobs in all sorts of spaces including shopping centres, hospitals, train stations, pubs and parks.
One of the partners is Team London Bridge, the BID for the London Bridge area. Team London Bridge have really embraced the ethos of Make Music Day and has been able to encourage lots of activity in the area last year and this year, involving local musicians, businesses, landmarks, transport hubs and the local authority. Team London Bridge see Make Music Day as a great opportunity to attract more visitors to the area, bring businesses and organisations together, highlight the cultural offering locally, and raise the profile of the area further afield.
Alison Porter, Project Manager for Make Music Day would be interested in hearing from markets across the UK who would like to get involved.
Make Music Day UK
tel. +44 (0)7904 586285