Make Music Miami is an online, free musical celebration on June 21, the longest day of the year, with (typically) concerts on streets, sidewalks, beaches and parks across the city.
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 and went County-wide in 2018! Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s festival will take place entirely online in the form of live streamed performances and interactive workshops.
All live streams can be accessed by clicking on individual listing blocks in the grid below. Most streams will be available on the Make Music Miami Facebook Event Page, so we encourage you to visit that page throughout the day.
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 as well as list a URL for your streamed performance or activity. Follow the step-by-step process – it’s super simple!
Let’s jam alone together! In this unprecedented time, everyone is discovering new ways to collaborate and share creative ideas. #ContagiousBeats is a way for you to jam along with prominent musicians in the comfort of your home. Stream or download one of the videos below and record your own part to contribute to the mix. On June 21st, we will broadcast the final mashup videos featuring the best contributions from the public. A few notes:
- Use headphones when making your recording so we have a clean take of your performance without the backing track
- A smartphone recording is perfectly fine. If you have fancy mics and cameras, use them!
- Don’t feel like you have to solo the whole time – consider comping or playing backup during sections as well
- All instruments (including voice) are welcome
- If the backing track has an established key, best to stick with it
- You are welcome to upload multiple takes
Upload your finished recording by clicking the button below or email a download link to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have the skills to combine your recording with the original, please share that as well on social media and tag it with #ContagiousBeats. If you’re a member of band, consider passing the mix along to your other band members like a game of musical telephone. We’re excited to see what you come up with! Thanks for playing.
Each year, Make Music Miami provides music-making activities for the general public on June 21st. This year’s instrument workshops will be conducted by Zoom and feature prominent local musicians and community organizations. Participation in all workshops is free and a limited amount of drum sticks, pBuzz plastic trombones and harmonicas will be available for pickup prior to June 21. Registration is mandatory.
Harmonica Essentials with Eric Garcia of JUke
Eric Garcia, frontman of JUke and the personality behind Uncle SCotchy will lead a workshop on the basics of the harmonica, AKA the mouth organ, mouth harp, Hobo Harp, French harp, Reckless Tram, harpoon, tin sandwich, blues harp, Mississippi saxophone, or simply harp. Eric will cover the basics of note making and bending and provide each participant with a little one-on-one instruction. This activity is recommended for all ages, but space is limited. Register for one of three, 15-minute sessions via the buttons below:
I Feel Good About pBuzz with Arno Tri Pramudia
New World Symphony Trombonist Arno Tri Pramudia leads a workshop on the fundamentals of brass instruments using the pBuzz, an innovative learning instrument by Warwick Music. The pBuzz, a plastic trombone/trumpet, uses the same mechanics as traditional brass instruments without the expense and maintenance. Arno will cover topics including embouchure, dynamics, pitch and note length to help get you making music on June 21st for Make Music Day. Space is limited. Recommended for children aged 5-10. Register for one of two, 45-minute sessions via the buttons below:
Drumming Fundamentals with Brandon Cruz
Brandon Cruz, Executive Director of the South Florida Center for Percussive Arts, leads an introduction to drumming fundamentals. A certain number of free stick pairs will be available for pick up at SFCPA prior to June 21. Space is limited and registration is mandatory. This class is for kids of all of ages (3-90) and no drums are required. Buckets and tabletops work great!
Make Music Miami is made possible through the generous support of the following partners.
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 Sunday, June 21st, 2020. This year’s festival will take place entirely online in the form of live streamed performances and music workshops conducted through Zoom. To register as a Performer or Venue, visit http://miami.makemusicday.org.
Where can I watch the live streams?
Most performances will be streamed on the Make Music Miami Facebook event page. There will also be a full program guide published on this site leading up to the festival that will contain links to all scheduled performances.
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 MMM is open to all ages, skill levels, and persuasions of music makers. All you you need to do is sign up and perform.
Where may I perform?
Once you register by creating a profile on http://miami.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. If you’d like to create your own event without the participation of a Venue, you can do that as well through the matchmaking system dashboard.
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 Make Music Miami Facebook event page.
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://miami.makemusicday.org/) in order to register and make concert arrangements with each other.
If you encounter problems, please contact us at email@example.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 2018, Make Music Miami, a collective of Miami-based organizations, 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 Miami 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll run the options by you.
Can I donate to Make Music Miami?
For general inquiries and sponsorship opportunities, please email email@example.com.
For more information about the national Make Music Day, visit http://www.makemusicday.org/.