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 Fête de la Musique, it is now held on the same day in more than 700 cities in 120 countries. Ten years ago, the Fête 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 – amateurs and professionals, of all ages and musical persuasions – perform in more than 1,200 free, outdoor concerts each June 21st, earning praise for their “inspiring” (New York Times) and “thrilling” (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.

NAMM & Make Music Day 2017 – What it’s all about! (short YouTube Video)

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’s 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’s 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 – participation 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).


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.  


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!


Mass Appeal

Organize YOUR Mass Appeal for 2021!

Ukulele Workshop & Play-Along

 This one-hour session with Hohner Artist Phil Duncan will include basic instruction and an introduction to the Ukulele.  Bring your own Ukulele for some group play-along. Attendees will receive a free Ukulele book courtesy of Alfred Music Publishing so long as they last.


Harmonica Workshop & Play-Along

 Hohner Artist Phil Duncan, the author of over 40 books on harmonica methodology and playing styles, along with some of his musician friends will set up the groove for both play-along jams and basic instruction and demonstration of various techniques on this popular instrument.  The Hohner Co. has provided free harmonicas for the first 50 people who attend.


Drum Circle with Drumming Wow

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.



Make Music Day Liberty Staff: 


Director & Event/Talent Manager – Bill 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, 



Current 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 – Historic 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 – June 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 – June 1st, 2016)