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You can organise any kind of event, as long as it’s music, but we’ve also got a few themes for 2018 which might help give you some ideas:

New Orleans brass bands

2018 is the 300th anniversary of New Orleans and their brass bands want to party with us. To celebrate, there will be a specially commissioned piece which can be used free by brass bands around the UK.

We’re keen to hear from brass bands who would like to join our carnival parade in London. Click here to download more information about what’s involved.

Women in music

To commemorate 100 years of women’s suffrage, your Make Music Day event could celebrate this theme in whatever way you like e.g. featuring pieces by female writers and composers; featuring all-female performers, DJs, conductors. The Pankhurst Anthem is a new choir piece commissioned by BBC Radio 3 by Lucy Pankhurst and Helen Pankhurst which is freely available here.

Rural music

In partnership with NYMAZ, we’ll be taking music to spots around the country, from prehistoric rocks to heather moorland and rugged beaches. Can you find the remotest spot and live-stream your event through Facebook?
Download the Rural Music Toolkit created by NYMAZ

Singing flashmobs  

Inspired by Music in Offices and ABRSM’s amazing flashmob in London’s Paternoster Square on Make Music Day 2017, we’ll be providing a song specially arranged for a singing flashmob.

We have put together a guide to help you stage a flashmob event – click to download in PDF format.

Make Music Day Song 

The Make Music Day Song is the Morecambe and Wise classic Bring Me Sunshine. Last year it was performed by vocal and instrumental groups in town squares, shopping centres, parks, pubs and buses. This year, we want your weird and wonderful versions of the summer classic in all sorts of surprising places. Click here to download arrangements for choirs, orchestras and more.