about make Music Day
In October 1981, Maurice Fleuret as Director of Music and Dance at the French Ministry of Culture, laid the foundations for a new concept:
“Music will be everywhere and the concert will be nowhere”!
His vision evoked a revolution in the field of music.
Make Music Day first came to the UK in 2012 and the number of gigs taking place has been growing year on year. 2017 was the first UK-wide coordinated event with support and funding from national organisations resulting in 147 performances. In 2020, there were 1,739 performances live and online and we’re still growing!
We know there are millions of creative individuals and communities out there, so how will you participate on Make Music Day? Whether that be performing, organising a gig, convincing a venue to take their music outside or lending your time, equipment and support, get involved in the world’s largest grassroots music movement – it’s simply the best way to celebrate the longest day of the year!
The global phenomenon that is Make Music Day began in France as Fête de la Musique. A 1982 survey revealed that five million people, including one in every two young people, played a musical instrument. The Ministry of Culture imagined a great popular event that would allow all musicians to express themselves and make themselves known.
The Festival was to be free, open to all music, without hierarchy of genres and practices, and open to all.
Make Music Day is both an international annual day of music making and an ongoing campaign.
The day of music making is a free celebration of music that takes place in 125 countries on the 21 June every year. The ongoing campaign creates cultural communities by:
Fostering connections in music-making
Supporting the development of skills
Promoting music to new audiences via free music events and participatory projects
who runs make music day?
Make Music Day UK is currently supported by an alliance of over fifty organisations, headed by Making Music and Music for All with support from Arts Council England, Creative Scotland, Hal Leonard Europe, the NAMM Foundation, Musicians’ Union and ABRSM. Make Music Day UK is part of the international Make Music Alliance.
Make Music Day UK Steering Group
Barbara Eifler – Chair (Making Music), Tom Farncombe (Hal Leonard Europe), Xandrija Edwins (ABRSM), Betty Heywood (NAMM Foundation), Damien McGlynn (Voluntary Arts), Hayley Mills (Music for All), Katy Spicer (English Folk Dance and Song Society), Adam Taylor (International Association of Music Libraries), Rose Delcour-Min (Musicians’ Union), Ruth McPherson (ISM), Oliver Morris (UK Music), Sarah Mears (Libraries Connected).