Make Music
Miami

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It’s time to Make Music Miami!
Miami-Dade County joins the worldwide celebration of music on June 21

MAKE MUSIC MIAMI brings our city into the global music festival that began as FêTE DE LA MUSIQUE in Paris in 1982 – a celebration to welcome summer with music. Across the world, the Summer Solstice is celebrated with free performances of all kinds of music in all kinds of public spaces.

Fête de la Musique/Make Music Miami has been celebrated in spots since 1997 – this is the year to take the celebration County-wide! We want to see free music in clubs and venues, parks and promenades, public spaces in all our neighborhoods.

This edition is presented by  Buskerfest Miami, LiVE! Modern School of Music, Magic City OperaThe Rhythm Foundation, the Lincoln Road BID, the French Embassy Cultural Services, Miami Design Preservation League and a many, many civic partners.

Participate

The goal of Make Music Miami is for every resident of Miami-Dade County to enjoy a performance or music-making opportunity on June 21st.  There are two primary ways to join the festivities: as a Performer or as a Venue by hosting performances. Can you be both a Performer and a Venue? Yes you can! Click the button below to access our online matchmaking system and create a Performer or Venue profile (or both!). Once registered, you’ll be able to search for venues to perform at or for Performers to activate your Venue. Follow the step-by-step process – it’s super simple!

Youth Music Summit

The Youth Music Summit is a free, day-long gathering of young musicians aged 14-18 from throughout Miami-Dade County that begins with a workshop focused on artist health, musicianship and careers in music and is followed by a concert of participating student ensembles. A collaborative project of Buskerfest Miami, LIVE! Modern School of Music and Magic City Opera, the Youth Music Summit is a pilot project of the Music Access Fellowship. It is designed to connect young musicians across Miami-Dade County, with one another, with industry professionals and instructors and to provide an opportunity for shared learning, friendship and performance. Click the button below to visit the YMS website for additional information and to apply to the program.

Visit the Youth Music Summit Website

Special Projects

Are you a go-getter? Do you finish your homework before the due date? Want to take your MMM involvement to the next level? Below are a variety of special projects with brief descriptions that are in need of a coordinator. If that’s you, shoot us a line at info@buskerfestmiami.com and let us know which project you are interested and we will help you make it happen.

Mobile Karaoke

Miami is short on quality karaoke spots. Let’s give the people what they want! Using a battery powered PA system and a pair of musicians, travel around Miami on June 21 with a mobile rig in the back of a pick-up truck or van for impromptu, street-side jamming.

Street Studios

If you dig found sounds and beat making, this project’s for you. Set up a small laptop-powered studio and invite passersby to help build an ever evolving loop of natural (and unnatural) sounds. We’ll publish your masterpiece(s) on the MMM website so everyone can enjoy the fun beyond June 21.

Heart Chant

This participatory choral piece by composer Pauline Oliveros involves standing in a connected circle, and singing the syllable “AH” in any pitch that will resonate with your heart and the hearts of others, creating a spontaneous weaving of harmonies. Prizes will be awarded to the group that performs Heart Chant in the most ‘unique’ venue. Pics or it didn’t happen. Full instructions are available on request.

Bands Undercover

On June 21st, bands around the world will take to the streets to cover each other’s music, and live stream their shows in a unique musical conversation. All creators of original music are welcome — from solo singer-songwriters and electronic music producers, to metal bands, brass ensembles, choirs or traditional folk instruments. The only requirement is that you write original music of your own, and that you’re excited about covering someone else’s! It will take time to learn new, unfamiliar music, and we ask that every registrant carefully consider this commitment. To register, submit a brief application here: http://www.makemusicday.org/bu-register/

Drum Set Duo

A professional drummer sets up two kits, one for themselves and another for anyone who passes by to join in a spontaneous drum set duo. Participants may be receiving their first-ever, five-minute drum lesson, or they may be a seasoned professional stopping in for a drum battle – all are welcome.

Partners

Make Music Miami is made possible through the generous support of the following partners.

Principal Sponsors

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Community Partners

FAQ

General Info

What is Make Music Miami (MMM)?

MMM is the Miami edition of Make Music Day – a free celebration of music around the world on June 21st. Launched in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique, it is now held on the same day in more than 1,000 cities in 120 countries.

Completely different from a typical music festival, Make Music Miami is open to anyone who wants to take part. Every kind of musician — young and old, amateur and professional, of every musical persuasion — pours onto streets, parks, plazas, and porches to share their music with friends, neighbors, and strangers. All of it is free and open to the public.

When and where will Make Music Miami take place?

MMM will take place on Friday, June 21, 2019. Performances will take place at over 100 locations around Miami-Dade County. If you’d like to register your space as a venue, head over to the matchmaking site and create a profile: https://matchmiami.makemusicday.org/

Why isn’t it always on a weekend?

MMM celebrates the  Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, with music. The Summer Solstice occurs on June 21st. June 21st doesn’t always land on a weekend. Think of it like Halloween. Halloween doesn’t always land on a weekend.

Who can participate?

MMM is performed by anyone, enjoyed by everyone – all over Miami. Students, amateurs, part-time professionals, and established artists are all welcome. There is no audition process to be included in the musical merriment and DoMF is open to all ages, skill levels, and persuasions of music makers. All you you need to do is sign up, make your match with a venue, show up, and perform.

Performer Info

Where may I perform?

Once you register by creating a profile on https://matchmiami.makemusicday.org/, you can browse through all of the Venue listings, find a location that interests you and propose a performance to the Venue operator. Have a space you’d like to play that’s not listed? Go talk to the property owner about hosting a performance and encourage them to list their space as a venue on the matchmaking site.

How long will each performance last?

That is up to you and the Venue to negotiate. We don’t put any restrictions on you (or them)! Just be careful not to overbook yourself.

What if a band signs up now, and has to back out later?

Please thoroughly consider a performance opportunity before confirming it. If you sign up and cancel last minute, that means that a spot that could be utilized by another performer will go unused. 

Are there restrictions on performances?

In some cases, yes. Read the details of each venue closely before proposing a performance. Not all locations have electricity or equipment. Some don’t allow amplification of any kind. Read the fine print ;-).

Is equipment provided?

MMM is not a typical music festival. It is a DIY opportunity for people to be creative about putting together their own musical events. The organizers set up the framework for concerts — the rest is up to you! Artists and locations collaborate to produce the events, provide electricity, if needed, and provide any necessary equipment.

Will there be a main stage?

No, but there are several large activations that will be featured on the makemusicmiami.org homepage.

Will I be paid to perform?

MMM is a countywide celebration of summer and part of an international movement. As is the case with other cities around the world, our contribution is setting up the framework for performances by securing permits, coordinating the activities, publicizing the event county-wide with local media, an interactive website, and promoting recruitment of artists and venues.

Participation at any level, as a musician, host, or spectator is voluntary. This allows musicians of all skill levels the opportunity to come out and perform in public if they wish. While most performers volunteer their time and talents, both venues and musicians are welcome to seek outside sponsorship and support if they so choose. 

Can I charge admission for a Day of Music Fullerton concert?

No. All MMM concerts are free and open to the public.

Can I have my event indoors?

Yes. It’s Miami in summer. It’s gonna rain, but only for 30 minutes. Performing outside is highly encouraged as well.

Matchmaking Software and Making Matches Info

How do I sign up to perform / host a concert?

Musicians and venues use our registration and matchmaking tool (https://matchmiami.makemusicday.org/) in order to register and make concert arrangements with each other.

If you encounter problems, please contact us at info@buskerfestmiami.com and we’ll work through the problem together.

The matchmaking software asks for my facebook and website addresses. I don’t have facebook or a website. Does this mean I can’t register?

Facebook or a website is not required. We ask for the links to allow potential venues and performers to learn more about each other before committing to the match. After matchmaking is complete, our website will allow prospective audiences to sample your work and allow you to promote yourself. If you incorrectly enter information in these boxes, you won’t be allowed to continue. Information entered should be accurate, or the box should be left blank.

I’m a Venue. Why is there a check box that says “Accepting requests from artists to perform here?” I wouldn’t be signing up if I weren’t accepting performers.

When your venue is full, you will un-check this box. We’ll see your venue, and performance schedule, and see that it is full.

Why am I restricted to three choices for the type of music I perform or that my venue will accept?

This arbitrary limit is to make finding the right match easier. Use the “Other” choice and the description box to override this limitation. Then, you can tell us about your music styling in the description box. If you represent a venue open to all types of music- just say so in your description.

I see there is a box asking me how I will promote my performance and I have no idea how to promote my performance. Do I need to promote my performance or venue to participate?

Everyone who signs up on our matchmaking website should describe what they will do for promotion. We are counting on musicians and locations to promote their own shows, in all the ways that they normally would — sending out email blasts, putting notices on websites, texting all of their friends, etc. Maybe for you, promotion means telling your best friend and your Aunt Mary about your performance. That’s fine. If you DO know a lot about music promotion, this is a great opportunity to volunteer.

What will Make Music Miami do to help promote my concert?

We will list all concerts on the MMM website (with descriptions and links to artist websites, where available), and we’ll pitch stories about noteworthy concerts to the press. MMM neighborhood organizers also will promote the performances in their area with fliers, posters, etc.

I’ve signed up as an artist or a venue and I’m ready to make a match. Can you break down the approval process in the software for me?

You can see all of the details on any artist or performer who fits your search criteria from either the browse or account pages. Use the box with the drop down menus labeled “venue type”, “neighborhood” and “electricity” to narrow your choices. Use the small triangle to the left of the name of the artist or venue to see all of the details on that option. You can see all available venues and performers by selecting the browse feature, but the matchmaking actually happens on your account page.

I’ve looked at all of my options and chosen some possible venues or musicians. What happens now?

After you make a choice, that choice will receive an email to notify them. Then both sides need to confirm, modify or decline the opportunity. If you wish to modify, you should contact the other party to resolve the problem. When you agree on a match it will be recorded, and then MMM will then examine and send final approval to both parties. Before approval by artist, venue and the webmaster, your desired match will appear on your “Account” page under “My Performances”; note that until all three parties have approved, the match is “pending confirmation”. After approval by artist, venue, and MMM, the match will be recorded at “Performances”.

We completed our matchmaking last week, but our completed match still says “Pending Confirmation”. What gives?

MMM must confirm each performance before it is final. In most cases MMM will confirm your performance and venue match within two weeks. To allow for an ample assortment of musicians to fill out our matchmaking inventory, we will not begin confirming most matches before April 1st. If your venue and performer are certain you have a firm commitment, there is no need to worry, you are going steady and we will not force a break up.

Do I need to check in with my “Account” page to see if there are any pending matches?

No worries. When someone requests a match, you will be emailed a notification to login and check the match.

Let’s say I signed up two weeks ago as either a venue or a performer and no one has picked my venue/performance. When should I start to worry?

It may take time to make a match. Keep in mind that the registration will be open until June 14th, so new musicians and venues will be appearing over the entire time period. If you don’t see what you want today, come back at another time. Or, be creative in your matchmaking. Venues may contact musicians not already registered in the matchmaking software to ask them to sign up. Likewise, performers may contact venues where they’d like to perform and ask them to sign up as venues. Also consider that venues can be almost any public place in Miami where people can gather without impeding traffic. The playground down the street, the pet store’s parking lot, the plaza outside your office building could all be venues.

My performance was denied. Why?

Some reasons for a denial might be because the venue’s time slots all have been filled, or the venue cannot accommodate your type of music or number of performers. Don’t despair, try to find another match.

A venue or performer wants to modify my request for a match. What is required of me now?

The modify request in our matchmaking software is there to set up a performance schedule that works for both the venue and performer. If a request needs to be modified in some way other than time, you will need to contact the other party to work through details of the modification.

Other Participation Info

Who organizes this event?

Launched in 2015, Day of Music Fullerton, a volunteer-based organization, joins an informal confederation of over 700 cities worldwide in creating opportunities for all stripes of music makers to take to the streets to celebrate the summer solstice. Volunteer organizers in Fullerton will work throughout the city to help recruit musicians and venues, handle permits, and promote the concerts.

How can I get involved as a volunteer?

There are lots of ways to volunteer. Contact us at info@buskerfestmiami.com and we’ll run the options by you.

Can I donate to Make Music Miami?

We’re glad you asked! Contributions can be made online and are 100% tax-deductible. If you are interested in becoming a Make Music Miami sponsor, please contact us at info@buskerfestmiami.com.

Contact

Have Questions?

For general inquiries and sponsorship opportunities, please email info@buskerfestmiami.com.

For more information about the national Make Music Day, visit http://www.makemusicday.org/.