Bring Your Community Together for Make Music Day 2018

Image Credit: Make Music Day Website.
Cara Anderson
| May 8, 2018

Make Music Day is a free celebration of music making around the world on 21 June, we encourage musicians, municipal councils, state arts organisations and community music organisations across Australia to participate in Make Music Day, a one-day event giving people all ages, experience levels and musical persuasions the chance to experience the joy of making music together, it’s the ultimate DIY Music Festival!

Held on 21 June, Make Music Day is part of the International Fête de la Musique, a world-wide day of music celebration taking place in over 800 cities across 120 countries. The event encourages both amateur and professional music making, and aims to empower individuals to seek out ways to celebrate music in their local community.

In celebration of international Make Music Day, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra (SSO) will share a global broadcast of its performance of Verdi’s Requiem on 21 June live from the Sydney Opera House.  With the support of Create NSW, ABC Classics, Sydney Opera House Creative Learning, Music Australia and the Australian Music Association, the livestream will be the flagship event in Australia’s first participation in the worldwide music festivities.

In an unprecedented event for Make Music Day, the global Sydney Symphony Orchestra livestream will be accessible free of charge at and will be available for 24 hours from 6.30pm, Thursday 21 June AEST.

SSO Chief Executive Officer, Emma Dunch, says that the SSO is excited to headline Australia’s first participation in Make Music Day this year. “Music is a universal language and we’re thrilled to share Verdi’s Requiem with music lovers all over the world,” says Dunch.

Make Music Day participation is open to musicians of all levels and can also be developed at many levels such as state and local government, community organisations, chambers of commerce, music clubs and schools.

Need some inspiration? Make Music Day has some suggestions on how you can get involved:

  • Organise a performance in front of your store, in the carpark, or a nearby park
  • Promoting free music lessons at your store or music school for a few hours
  • Partner with suppliers in hosting a Drum Circle or a Ukulele Circle
  • Invite customers, their friends and your employees to bring their musical instruments to your business for a Make Music Day jam session
  • Invite local schools to come and bring music to your store
  • Invite a school chorus, church group, or other community band to perform at your business
  • There are so many ways for schools to participate. This handy PDF contains some great ideas on how schools can join in.
  • Watch the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s global broadcast of its performance of Verdi’s Requiem on 21 June live from the Sydney Opera House.

With less than two months to go we are excited to see how communities come together to participate in this program. If you are interested in organising an event in your community, it’s important that you register your event. It doesn’t matter how small your event is or if you’re just having a jam in your lounge room, rehearsing with your local choir or singing sea shanties at your local bar, register your participation to be counted.

Make Music Day is presented by the NAMM Foundation and coordinated by the Make Music Alliance. For more information, head here.



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