BRINGING MAKE MUSIC DAY TO THE UK
This is the UK’s contribution to the international summer solstice music celebration which first started in France in 1982 as Fête de la Musique and which now takes place in over 120 countries and 750 cities across the world.
Make Music Day UK aims to turn the country into a stage and offer a full spectrum of performers the opportunity to display their musical skills. All events are free to attend.
- Performed by anyone, enjoyed by everyone
- Open to music makers of all ages, skill levels, and musical styles
- A DIY celebration of music that needs YOU to make it happen
- A chance for people to have a go at singing or trying an instrument for the first time
- An opportunity to promote your venue, business or musical activity
- A way to showcase talent and reach new audiences
- A fantastic way to enjoy the longest day of the year
Showcase the breadth and variety of musical activity and talent present in all communities, but often hidden
Introduce organisations, venues, performers and businesses to new audiences by taking music into the streets and unusual locations.
Encourage more members of the public to engage with music as participants and audiences, perhaps trying something for the first time
Act as a trigger for individuals to return to or embark on music-making in their leisure time
Bringing grass-roots communities together and providing them with a framework to create their own music making events
Tying in with international Make Music Day, bringing countries together and allowing for cultural exchange
Make Music Day UK is currently supported by an alliance of over 100 organisations, headed by Making Music and Music for All with support from Arts Council England, the NAMM Foundation and Hal Leonard Europe. Make Music Day UK is part of the international Make Music Alliance.
Make Music Day UK Steering Group: Sarah Derbyshire (Orchestras Live), Barbara Eifler (Making Music), Olivia Funnell (ABRSM), Betty Heywood (NAMM Foundation), Damien McGlynn (Voluntary Arts), Paul McManus (Music for All), Katy Spicer (English Folk Dance and Song Society) Adam Taylor (International Association of Music Libraries) and Diane Widdison (Musicians Union).
Make Music Day UK Project Manager – Alison Porter
Associate Project Manager – Nick Feldman
Last year, over 750 cities around the world threw citywide music celebrations on 21 June.
It all started 35 years ago in France.
In 1982, Jack Lang and his staff at the Ministry of Culture dreamed up an idea for a new kind of musical holiday. They imagined a day where free, live music would be everywhere: street corners and parks, rooftops and gardens, shop fronts and mountaintops.
And, unlike a typical music festival, anyone and everyone would be invited to join and play music, or host performances. The event would take place on the summer solstice, 21 June, and would be called Fête de la Musique (in French, the name means both ‘festival of music’ and ‘make music’!).
Amazingly enough, this dream has come true. The Fête has turned into a true national holiday: France shuts down on the summer solstice and musicians take over. Last year, 2 in 3 of the population of France took part in Fête de la Musique!
Three decades after it began, the holiday has spread throughout the world and is now celebrated in more than 120 countries.
Make Music Day first came to the UK in 2012 and the number of events taking place has been growing year on year. 2017 was the first UK-wide coordinated event with support and funding from national organisations. In 2018, more than 200 separate events and around 500 individual performances took place across the country from Aberdeen to Falmouth, Swansea to Norwich, and everywhere in between. With the support of around 60 music organisations and businesses, Make Music Day UK is set to grow significantly over the next few years.
We want everyone to think about how they can participate in a UK contribution to Make Music Day — whether that be performing, organising an event, convincing a venue to take their music outside or lending your time, equipment and support. The UK can then truly embrace the amazing worldwide phenomenon known as Make Music Day – it’s simply the best way to celebrate the longest day of the year!