May 07, 2020 I Coronavirus

Make Music Day Goes Virtual

Make Music Day, the worldwide music celebration held each June 21, will be virtual this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, organizers officially announced today.

The holiday typically features over 5,000 free outdoor concerts, performances, music lessons, jam sessions and other musical events on streets, sidewalks, parks and other public spaces across the U.S. This year’s celebration will take a virtual approach, including events like a global live stream, a Twitter hashtag and free online group lessons.

“In this time of social distancing, music’s powerful role to bring us together as a community is more important than ever,” said Make Music Alliance President Aaron Friedman. “While physical public gatherings may not be currently accessible, we can still stay connected and celebrate music with people around the world on June 21.”

Launched in France in 1982 as the Fête de la Musique, Make Music Day has become a global phenomenon observed today by hundreds of millions of people in over 1,000 cities across 120 countries. Make Music Day is presented in the U.S. by The NAMM Foundation and coordinated by the non-profit Make Music Alliance.

All Make Music Day events are free and open to the public. For a list of all registered events, visit A full schedule of in-person and virtual events will be posted in early June.

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