Make Music Philly is a day of free music taking place all over the city of Philadelphia each year on June 21, the first day of summer and the longest day of the year. Its purpose is to engage citizens in highlighting and celebrating the role of music in our lives and our city. The concept was started in 1982 in France with Fetes de la Musique, and was first celebrated in 2006 in the U.S. as National Music Day. On June 21, 2013, Philadelphia joined more than 500 cities around the world that celebrate National Music Day by presenting the inaugural Make Music Philly. For more information, visit www.MakeMusicPhilly.org.
For the second consecutive year, Philadelphia will join this celebration of music on Saturday, June 21st, the first day of summer and the longest day of the year. On that day, Make Music Philly will feature free music performances taking place across the city from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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“The inaugural Make Music Philly day launched a new and wonderful tradition last year – adding a new element to our city’s rich musical legacy,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter. “On June 21, 2014, Make Music Philly will bring together even more resident artists, businesses and community organizations in a celebration of musical diversity, ingenuity and Philly pride.”
Make Music Philly features many sizes and kinds of organized concerts and informal performances, and showcases performers of all ages, music genres, and talent levels. Events can take place at almost any kind of indoor or outdoor venue or space, from the conventional to the offbeat. The only requirements are that all Make Music Philly events must be located within the city limits, take place between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 21, and be free, open and accessible to the public.
This year, Make Music Philly will culminate in a concert at Penn’s Landing to close the event (artists to be announced).
YOU CAN GET INVOLVED
Make Music Philly is a true “do it yourself,” user-created event. Interested musicians, volunteers, and venues can register now at www.MakeMusicPhilly.org to perform, organize, and host music performances. Special software within the site can be used to match artists who wish to perform with nearby and available performance spaces, and performers who’ve arranged an event with a venue can be listed. Venues, promoters, community and arts organizations, businesses and anyone who loves music and wants to see and hear it flourish in Philadelphia are encouraged to register at the website now, to ensure a full day of fun, free music events across the city.
Sponsorship is needed to support Make Music Philly, and to help engage as many Philadelphia neighborhoods as possible. For sponsorship information, emails may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Support can also be provided via the Make Music Philly Kickstarter campaign to raise $20,000 (http://wx.pn/Mmpkickstarter) for the website’s searchable listings, maps, and matchmaking software; outreach materials and advertising; t-shirts for attendees, volunteers, and donors; and more.
Complete information about Make Music Philly can be found at www.MakeMusicPhilly.org. Those interested can also learn more at www.facebook.com/MakeMusicPhilly, and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MakeMusicPhilly (@MakeMusicPhilly).