Make Music
Liberty - 2021



Make Music Day (and Make Music Liberty) is a free celebration of music around the world on the 21st. day of June 

Launched in 1982 in France as the¬†F√™te de la Musique, it is now held on the¬†same day in more than 700 cities in 120¬†countries.¬†Ten years ago, the¬†FeŐāte de la Musique¬†crossed the Atlantic with the debut of¬†Make Music New York.

Starting as a grassroots initiative by a team of volunteers, the event quickly¬†became a critical and popular success. Today, over 6,000 New York¬†musicians ‚Äď amateurs and professionals, of all ages and musical persuasions¬†‚Äď perform in more than 1,200 free, outdoor concerts each June 21st, earning¬†praise for their ‚Äúinspiring‚ÄĚ (New York Times) and ‚Äúthrilling‚ÄĚ (New Yorker)¬†performances.

In recent years, other cities across the continent have launched their own Make Music celebrations. On June 21, 2015, 22 North American cities organized 2,714 free concerts at 839 locations… all on a single day.

Make Music Liberty (2021 – Our 6th Year):

On Monday, June 21st (2021)¬† – Liberty will join hundreds of cities in the US and¬†throughout the world as we mark the beginning of summer with Make Music¬†Liberty, a citywide, celebration of music open to all ages, all genres of music, and all skill levels. ¬†And, it‚Äôs all free. ¬†Throughout the day, you may hear music being performed on a sidewalk, a residential porch, the steps of a church, a parking lot, in one of Liberty‚Äôs city parks, or at a public place of business that has volunteered to be a host venue. Currently (April 2021) Liberty is the the only Northland location aside from Kansas City (it’s the second year of operation) of the nearest similar event, so we expect a great turnout (again) this year!

This is our 6th year for Make Music Liberty and it takes community involvement to make it all happen Рparticipation by musicians, businesses and public spaces to host performers, volunteers to keep things on track, and funding to advertise and promote the event. So PLEASE! Contact us and signup!


Make Music Liberty is sponsored by the City of Liberty through the Liberty Arts Commission and supported, in part, by the Liberty Arts Foundation based, 501(c)(3) not for profit organization supporting local arts).

Letter from our Director:

May 2021

Greetings, from Make Music Liberty and the Liberty, Mo Arts Commission.

This notice is just to let you know that Make Music Liberty is back on track and planning for 2021
June 21st event which, this year, falls on a Monday. That being the case, this year’s event will return to
a single-day musical celebration. However, we have added an hour to the traditional time of closing.
Performances this year will run from 10:00 AM until 9:00 PM. At present, we have no rules in place as
regards Covid-19 safety but, I’m sure that some of the venues will have their own requirements. We
will likely post some suggested guidelines as we get closer to June 21st.
Our matching and registration site for both performers and venues is now active and ready for signups
(see link below). Please note that new Gemini software is being used this year and replaces the old
Solstice software. In prior years if you had signed up and set up a profile the data would remain in the
system for future years. Inasmuch as the new software will not accept data from the old Solstice
system, so if you want to participate you will need to set up a new profile this year. However, it
shouldn’t be much of a problem since most of the process and information that is requested is the same
as the old Solstice system. And, if you encounter any problems we are available to help.
In the meantime, we will be busy promoting Make Music Liberty through social media, news articles,
print media, city event listing emails, our own website and Facebook page, and a digital billboard on
southbound I-35 near the Pleasant Valley exit. These billboard ads will begin the last week of May and
run up until June 21st

Registration/Matching site:

Please join us in this year’s celebration and, if you have any questions or problems, please let us know.
Now, Let’s get back to Making Music, Liberty!

Bill Stilfield
Event Director
Make Music Liberty


Make Music Day Liberty Staff: 


Director & Event/Talent Manager РBill Stilfield:

General Event Information and volunteering:


Web Administrator – Shane Immelt:


Make Music Day Liberty is a fiscally sponsored organization working towards non-profit status. The event is free and open to the public, 



It’s easy to get involved!

1. Be a Performer:  

Create your profile by submitting a photo, description of your act, and any relevant website/social media links. Check out the available venues and select one that will fit your needs. The venue will confirm your request, and you’re good to go.

For help in registering, check out this helpful YouTube page:

You may use the above link to go right to the Matching Site or search as the YouTube link suggests.


2. Host a Venue (location)

Create a profile by submitting your location information and a description of the space. Peruse the musician profiles to request a performance, or welcome musicians to select your space independently. Confirm the connection and make sure your space is ready to go on June 21st!

For help in registering, check out this helpful YouTube page:

Mass Appeal

Organize YOUR Mass Appeal for 2021!


Drum Circle with DjembeDjanes:  6pm-9pm (Rotary Plaza)

Percussion instruments of all kinds will be found at this event and to ensure that “the beat goes on” players of all ages and abilities are invited to join in.¬† A fun event that is always a hit with kids.¬† So long as they last a free pair of drumsticks will be given away to all participants courtesy of the Vic Firth company.


Harmonica Clinic with Phil Duncan:  3pm-4pm (First Presbyterian Park Gazebo)

)The musical clinic will include basic instruction on the instrument along with some play-along time with Phil and, attendees will receive, (while they last) a free Honer harmonica.


Kansas City Women’s Music Network:¬† 1-3 pm (Rotary Plaza)

The Kansas City Women’s Music Network is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports female-identifying musicians in the Kansas City region with education, performance, and networking opportunities.¬† Our events promote, educate and elevate women in music. We provide a hand up all along the ladder of success. Connect with us to find a jam, collaborate, or find out what’s going on in the KC music scene for women. There’s nothing to buy or sell and no membership fees. It’s just a way to step out from behind the guys to work on your music. If you want to play out or record, this may be your chance to find others with the same idea. See our website at¬†¬† ¬† ¬†Come Sing Along!


2021 Listings: Monday, June 21st


Current Press (2021)

a)  Make Music-Liberty returns June 21

b)  Favorite Moments by Kellie Houx

(c) Images from 2021 Make Music Liberty (S. Immelt-Photog)

Past Press Event (2020)

a)  Event canceled due to Covid -19

Past Press Events (2019)

(a)  Liberty Arts Commission readies for Fourth Make Music Liberty  (by Kellie Houx-23 April 2019

(b) Make Music Liberty Moves over two days this year (By Kellie Houx – 20 June 2019)


Past Events (2018) Articles

(a)    Make Music Liberty-Corbin Theatre

(b)  Make Music Liberty РHistoric Downtown Liberty 


Past Events (2017) Articles

(a)  Liberty Arts Commission ready for second Make Music Day   by Kellie Houx -Apr. 26, 2017

(b)  Courier-tribune article РJune 8th. 2017 by Kellie Houx

(c)  Kansas City Star (816 section)  June 14th, 2017 by Karen Ridder

Past Event News Coverage (2016)

We apologize for the dis-connection of the archived links of the following videos.  Transition of archive address are being sought since the newspaper changed names in early 2017

Arts Commission continues discussion on Make Music Day  by Kellie Houx, Liberty Tribune January 21, 2016

Let’s bring Make MusicLiberty to life. ¬†Liberty Tribune, ¬†Posted January 21, 2016

Liberty Arts Commission discusses “Make Music Day Liberty” by Kellie Houx, Liberty Tribune , ¬†March 15, 2016¬†¬† [LINK]

Community to make a beautiful sound in Liberty :  [LINK]

Public welcome to sign up and perform at free celebration Festival is June 21, but musicians’ deadline to sign up is June 10   BY KAREN RIDDER Special to The Star (KC Star РJune 1st, 2016)