Make Music Day, the worldwide music celebration held each June 21, the summer solstice, is mainly going virtual this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Typically featuring 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 to encourage all people, of all musical abilities, to celebrate the joy of making music.
More than 85 U.S. cities and the entire states of Connecticut, Hawaii, Vermont and Wisconsin will take part in Make Music Day 2020, further demonstrating the power of music to unite and uplift people, spread joy and build community amid this challenging and unprecedented time. Among the U.S. cities hosting major celebrations is Norwalk, CT. Spearheaded by the Wall Street Neighborhood Association and supported by Norwalk Now, Make Music Day Norwalk is currently building its virtual, social, live-streaming music schedule.
“In spite of the impact Covid-19 has made on live music in the state of Connecticut, we remain dedicated to celebrating music in Norwalk on Make Music Day, this June 21,” says Marc Alan of the Wall Street Neighborhood Association, “We invite our local musicians from all walks of life to live stream their own personal events, to represent Norwalk, CT for what promises to be a very special event."
Unlike traditional music festivals, Make Music Day celebrates and promotes the natural music maker in all of us, regardless of age, background, or skill level. Make Music Day is an open invitation for everyone to make, enjoy, perform, teach, and learn music on the longest day of the year and the launch of summer. Across the U.S., in cities large and small, musicians and organizers heeded the call and have created fun, engaging, new ways for anyone to join in the celebration on Sunday, June 21 while also practicing social distancing. Joined by statewide cities including Stamford, Fairfield, Ridgefield, Bridgeport, Stratford, New Haven, and Hartford, Norwalk will once again join in this worldwide celebration of music.
“Norwalk’s spirit is alive and well, “says Norwalk Now Director Linda Kavanagh, “Our local musicians have been providing us with virtual music performances throughout this pandemic, lifting our spirits and proving that the show must go on! Make Music Day 2020, the virtual version, will bring these performers ‘together’ for an event we are all sure to remember.”
Music Schedule: norwalknow.org
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.
"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." makemusicday.org and nammfoundation.org