FAQ -about- MakeMusicLiberty
What is Make Music Liberty?
MakeMusicLiberty.org is affiliated with Make Music Day (or just “Make Music”) is a free celebration of music around the world on June 21st, the summer solstice.
MakeMusicLiberty.org is a not for profit, free music event operating strictly as a civic bonding entity to share music, fun and inter-community bonding. The funds we raise or have donated are strictly for the promotion, advertising and overhead costs of our event.
Completely different from a typical music festival, Make Music is a open to anyone who wants to take part. Thousands of amateur musicians play in public spaces, often for their first time. Professional musicians perform for new audiences, who come out from under their headphones to hear unfamiliar groups risk-free. And everyone is invited to sing along and enjoy the first day of summer.
Today, Make MusicDAy is observed on the same day in more than 750 cities around the world. It is the world’s largest annual music event.
Where did the idea come from?
Make Music began in France as Fête de la Musique, a national musical holiday inaugurated in 1982. Ever since, the festival has become an international phenomenon, celebrated on the same day in more than 120 countries, including Germany, Italy, Greece, Russia, Lebanon, Ivory Coast, Australia, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Canada, and Japan.
The name Make Music comes from the French Fête (or Faites) de la musique, which means both “festival of music” and “make music!”
Who can participate?
Anyone and everyone. Amateurs, part-time professionals, and established artists are all welcome. In the U.S., initiatives like “Mass Appeal” allow even those who have never before touched an instrument to join in. We do not compensate any performers from our funds. Performers though are permitted to seek sponsors for their own overhead costs.
Is this an annual event?
Yes, Make Music takes place every June 21. (In 2016, it fell on a Tuesday; in 2017, it fell on a Wednesday, 2018 was a Thursday and this year (2019) we start on Friday Night (4-9pm) and continue Saturday (6/22) from 7 am-4pm)
How will my concert be promoted?
All concerts in Make Music Alliance member cities are promoted through our online listings platform, interactive maps, smartphone apps for iOS and Android, dynamically-created promotional posters, and our nationwide PR firm. In addition, some cities have developed media partnerships to create printed programs listing every concert, vinyl banners for venues, and newspaper & radio ads.
Message from Bill Stilfield-Director (2015-2021)
Just a few hours left before Make Music Liberty, 2019 gets underway. I want to thank all of you who are participating this year. We have had 46 artists booked for 65 performances scheduled in 17 venues at different locations in the City (and expect more in 2021) so it should be a fun, music-filled weekend. And musicians feel free to bring tip jars or CDs to sell.
I have attached an information sheet which I encourage you to read before tomorrow because, it contains some helpful information on rainy weather, parking, schedules, etc.
Also attached is a newsletter from the Make Music Alliance. We will be celebrating Make Music Day along with 75 cities in the U.S. and over 1,000 throughout the world. The newsletter contains, among other things, links to nationwide press articles about this event.
So let’s MAKE MUSIC, LIBERTY!!
Make Music Liberty