Here at Warwickshire Libraries, we’d hoped to be able to offer some live music in our buildings for ‘Make Music Day’ on 21 June. We’ve had to postpone our plans until next year but fear not, you can still take part or simply enjoy this musical day digitally from the comfort of your home.

Here is everything you need to know about taking part – finding and participating in events, creating your own sounds (if you have an iPad or iPhone, why not try composing with our Garageband tutorial?) or just sitting back and taking it all in as a happy listener.

We hope you enjoy the shows.


Celebrate music’s unique ability to create a sense of connection and community!

‘Make Music Day’ is an annual set of free music events which takes place on the longest day of the year – 21 June. Normally taking place in venues and public spaces – from town squares to libraries, bandstands to school halls and arts centres – ‘Make Music Day’ is moving online for 2020.

Social distancing measures may be in place in the UK, but there are lots of ways to get involved. Join thousands of other music lovers around the world in 125 countries to celebrate music. Anyone can take part – whether you’re a seasoned musician, an enthusiastic novice, or someone who simply enjoys dabbling with a tune, it’s an open invitation to all to make and share music on one day.

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It all started 38 years ago in France when Jack Lang and his staff at the Ministry of Culture dreamed up an idea for a new kind of musical holiday. They imagined a day where free, live music would be everywhere: street corners and parks, rooftops and gardens, shop fronts and mountaintops.

And, unlike a typical music festival, anyone and everyone would be invited to join and play music, or host performances. The event would take place on the summer solstice, 21 June, and would be called ‘Fête de la Musique’ (in French, the name means both ‘festival of music’ and ‘make music’!).

Amazingly enough, this dream has come true. The Fête has turned into a true national holiday: France shuts down on the summer solstice and musicians take over. Last year, 2 in 3 of the population of France took part in ‘Fête de la Musique’!

Three decades after it began, the holiday has spread throughout the world and is now celebrated in 125 countries.


Make Music Day in the UK

‘Make Music Day’ first came to the UK in 2012 and the number of gigs taking place has been growing year on year. 2017 was the first UK-wide coordinated event with support and funding from national organisations. In 2018, 500 individual performances took place and in 2019, there were over 1,000 performances across the country. With the support of around 60 music organisations and businesses, ‘Make Music Day UK’ is set to grow significantly over the next few years.


Make Music Day UK 2020 is going digital!

With social distancing measures in place in the UK, ‘Make Music Day‘ is moving online for 2020 and there are lots of ways to get involved.

Traditionally the event is about bringing music into public spaces for the community to enjoy. This year, with the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and social gatherings, organisers and musicians are encouraged to take their performances online and to use the abundance of technology freely available to share the joy of music with their online community.

Bringing a new meaning to the term ‘House Music’, there are a number of ways for everyone to get involved with this year’s ‘Make Music Day’ from online music lessons, as either a teacher or a pupil, virtual choirs that we can all join, the ‘Live from Home Challenge’, in which participants play a song and tag friends to respond with their own performances, to the Musique concrète and found sounds improvisations of the Street Studios, and the initiative to create a myriad of fantastic cover versions of ‘Make Music Day UK’s’ official song ‘Bring Me Sunshine’.

There are comprehensive tool kits and a wealth of advice on the ‘Make Music Day‘ website to help you get started and ensure you can easily join the day’s celebration of music.

And for music fans who just want to enjoy all of the music being made by others, there will be both global and UK-centric live streams to tune in to.

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Three ways you can get involved

1. PERFORMBringing a new meaning to the term ‘House Music’

Whether you sing or play, make an event of it and share your music with the world by streaming your performance.

From simply playing some songs or joining in with a virtual choir to pulling together a one-off family band, there are lots of opportunities to come together and to enjoy sharing music on one day.

Check out the Live Streaming Toolkit and tutorial videos for simple guides on streaming your music. Keep an eye out for online marketing materials to help you tell all your friends what you’re doing.

Add your event to the Events Page so that more people can find your performance and you could even end up on the official live stream, ‘Make Music Day UK Live’!

2. CREATEBecause it’s not just about playing live

Not everyone wants to put on a show but that doesn’t mean you can’t take part in ‘Make Music Day’.  There are lots of participatory projects you can join in with to get your creative juices flowing and feel the magic of music.

  • You can have an online music lesson with a professional music teacher, or if you’ve got the know how, get in touch and become one of the teachers.
  • Take making music to the next level and build your own instrument from your recycling with Bash the Trash
  • Submit your own version of ‘Make Music Day UK’s’ official song ‘Bring Me Sunshine’.
  • Or make your own salvage sound – submit your own recordings of everyday and commonplace noises by Monday 15th June and be astounded as the Challenge Producers turn your found sounds into music.

Visit the CREATE page to find out about all of the projects you can get involved with.

3. WATCHBringing you the sights and sounds of #MakeMusicDay

If you’d rather kick back and enjoy all the music being made across the country on 21 June then be sure to tune into #MakeMusicDayUK Live!

Showcasing the cornucopia of talent playing throughout the day, the official live stream will feature specially arranged performances from ambassadors and partners, as well as a selection of performances and live workshops.

If you want to be in with a chance of being included on ‘Make Music Day UK Live’ make sure you’ve added all your details to the ‘Events’ page and the ‘Make Music Day’ team could be in touch to arrange getting you on the UK stream.


Who runs ‘Make Music Day’?

‘Make Music Day UK’ is currently supported by an alliance of over fifty organisations, headed by Making Music and Music for All with support from Arts Council EnglandCreative ScotlandHal Leonard Europe, the NAMM FoundationMusicians’ Union and Team London Bridge.

Make Music Day UK is part of the international Make Music Alliance.

We are already seeing music’s exceptional ability to engender a sense of unity in these unprecedented times and hope that this year’s ‘Make Music Day’ can help to stir a real sense of community and connection throughout the country on 21 June.

For more information head to www.makemusicday.co.uk  or follow @MakeMusicDayUK on social media.


Remember you can borrow music to study, play and sing along to as well as books on all kinds of musical themes from our libraries once our full services resume. Check out what we have to offer from our Music & Drama catalogue here.

For now, you can enjoy free streaming of classical music either on your computer or using the app from Naxos or grab the chance to use the Popular Music section from Bloomsbury Digital Resources until the end of June.

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