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Some inspiring ideas


Make Music Day is about making people see and hear music throughout the whole day, wherever you are. It can be any kind of music. It’s about getting as many people as possible involved in making or enjoying music and maybe finding out about new kinds of music!

Think outside the box

Anywhere can be a stage for a Make Music Day performance – parks, street corners, cafe terraces, rooftops, underpasses, playgrounds you name it!

Amateur music groups

Make Music Day is an accessible and level playing field for amateur musicians to hold what might be their first concert. Organise your own music group, or other local groups, to have a concert on the street outside your place of rehearsal or elsewhere in town.

The centre of your community

In many villages, towns and cities the village green, the commons and the town squares, the parks and bandstands are criss-crossed by many people during the course of their day. Why not use Make Music Day as a chance to bring some excitement to the centre of your community?

Exploring new cultures

After all, this is an international event – and part of it is the opportunity to seek out and discover musical cultures from around the globe. It makes sense then that this is a perfect platform for you to present your own culture as well. Cuban Black-Metal with Alpine influences anyone?

Learn to play an instrument

Though many Make Music Day events will take the form of performances it is also about getting your hands dirty and picking up an instrument. Perhaps you can organise a practical workshop for the budding musicians out there?

Learn to make an instrument

Why stop at simply playing an instrument? Make Music Day is also about education and the daytime can host workshops, lectures and discussions. One idea would be to gather recycled materials and help people build an instrument that is ready to show its colours at an evening concert.

A minute’s noise

In the 21st century our notions of music include many forms of sonic artistry. Perhaps you can gather a flashmob somewhere public and have one minute’s worth of noise!

Open doors

Fête de la Musique wasn’t the only great idea to come over the Channel – ‘Porte Ouverte’ or ‘Open Door’ is when many places who may not usually be accessible to the public make the switch for a day. Invite people to see your building and have them enjoy a performance whilst they do.

Youth and school concerts

The future of music in the UK of course lies with the next generation. A Make Music Day event in the school playground, or outside the gates, can be a great goal for the pupils or students to work towards.

And into the night…

It doesn’t have to wind down at sundown on what is the longest day of the year. As night creeps in the party can move to venues, clubs and bars and continue till dawn. Perhaps you can rally together other venues in your locality and create ‘a crawl’. The events would have to be free-entry, but that doesn’t stop you covering costs with the bar, merchandise or competitions.