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 2022, 1,000 live and online performances took place across the UK, involving 12,000 performers who brought inspiring musical experiences to 76,000 people and reached 2.8 million via #MakeMusicDayUK.
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 an international annual day of music making.
The free celebration of music takes place in 125 countries on the 21 June every year.
It 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 an independent not-for-profit company. We are currently supported by an alliance of over fifty organisations, headed by Making Music with support from Arts Council England, Creative Scotland, Hal Leonard Europe, the NAMM Foundation, Music for All and ABRSM. Make Music Day UK is part of the international Make Music Alliance.
Find out more about what happened on 21 June 2022 and discover the impact on individuals, communities, organisations and wider society.
Find out more about what happened on 21 June 2021 and discover the impact on individuals, communities, organisations and wider society.