Make Music

Dameon L. Gabriel


Make Music Detroit – June 21st, 2016 marks the inaugural Make Music Detroit celebration. Detroit will be joining cities around the world celebrating music in its many forms. Inspired by France’s Fête de la Musique, a national musical holiday inaugurated in 1982, Make Music Days take place throughout the world.  This international phenomenon is now celebrated in more than 700 cities in 120 countries, including Germany, Italy, Egypt, Syria, Morocco, Australia, Vietnam, Congo, Cameroon, Fiji, Colombia, Chile, Nepal, and Japan.


All events will be:

  • Free (no tickets, no musicians or audience members are charged.
  • Participatory (open to any musicians at any level who wish to participate)
  • Featuring live music performances
  • For all ages and genres (no restrictions on kinds of music)
  • At multiple venues (not just one concert in one location)
  • In public spaces (that are accessible and welcoming to everyone)
  • On June 21st (the longest day of the year)

Our Special Purpose –  Make Music Detroit is more than a music event. Our purpose is also to bring attention to the importance of music education. Detroit became a fountain of great music in part because of the universal availability of music education. Every Detroit child deserves access to music education and Make Music Detroit is dedicated to supporting this goal.

Detroit's Institute of Arts
Detroit's Institute of Arts


It’s easy to get involved! Deadline to register is JUNE 14th, Sunday June 19, at 12am

Completely different from a typical music festival, Make Music Detroit is open to anyone who wants to perform, host, learn, or teach music.

No performer, venue, student or teacher will be turned away.

As long as you have a passion for music, Make Music Detroit will accommodate!

if you are a…


create your profile by submitting a photo, description of your act, and any relevant website/social media links. Check out the available venues and bid on one that will fit your needs. The venue will confirm your request, and you’re good to go.  Deadline to register is JUNE 14th Sunday 19 at, 12am

Sign Up as a Performer Now!!

if you are a…


create a profile by submitting your location information and a description of the space. Peruse the musician profiles to request a performance, or welcome musicians to bid on your space independently. Confirm the connection and make sure your space is ready to go on June 21st!  Deadline to register is JUNE 14th, Sunday June 19 at 12am

Sign Up as a Venue Now!!




Become a teacher and conduct a music workshop!

Make Music Detroit advocates the access to music education to citizens of all ages and skill levels.  More than a festival, Make Music Detroit is an ongoing “movement” to bring attention the vital role music and music education plays in promoting better social, academic and spiritual engagement.  Furthermore, Make Music Detroit strives to recognize the indispensable work of local music educators and institutions in youth development.

If you or your institution would like to conduct a workshop please send an email to


Become a volunteer!

Make Music Detroit is a city-wide event hosted to highlight the importance of music in the daily lives of its communities and the city’s diverse music history.  We rely heavily on volunteers to keep things running smoothly which means we need your help on June 21st!  If you’re available on this day and would like to help us, please let us know!

Here are just some of the things that you might be doing throughout the day:
-Tell passersby about Make Music Detroit and answer any questions audience and participators may have.
-Take photos of your stationed event.
-Help keep our performers happy.
-Help with setup and breakdown between artists.
-Help run sound.
-Help the kids and parents during workshops.

and much more….

Any interested volunteer can send an email to


Thank You Everyone for Their Time and Support!!

It takes a village…



For the inaugural Make Music Detroit, we have coordinated more than a dozen sites around the city to serve as venues for the performers.  Most sites are dispersed within three walkable clusters situated within the Cultural Center, Downtown and North End neighborhood.  Attendees are going to be able to visit Detroit Institute of Arts, Assemble Sound, The Carr Center at Harmonie Park, Urban Bean Co., Northern Lights Lounge, Cass Cafe, Third Man Records, Jazz Cafe at Music Hall and sites along the Oakland Avenue Artist Corridor to enjoy and experience every kind of musician – young and old, amateur and professional, of every musical persuasion (from jazz to folk to experimental to soul to electronic).  Performances start at Noon and end at Midnight.

2016 Listings: Tuesday, June 21st




Harvest Moon Dance

September 10, 2016

  here is our programming for the 16th. performances by  Dear Anna, Sophia Avocado, Soul Pepper, and DJ Heru-Ur & Auset. Sign up for the Drum Devils Rhythm Workshop at 8pm at space is limited, ages 8+ event includes participation from Avalon International Breads, Oakland Avenue Urban Farm, Traditional South Serbian cookbook/Starinski kuvar juzneContinue Reading »


Television: WXYZ – JoAnne Purtan of 7 Action News at Noon

June 20, 2016

(watch the interview here) “Make Music Detroit:” Detroit joins cities around the world for largest global music event Free music at dozens of locations in city 12:54 PM, Jun 20, 2016 Detroit is joining cities in 120 countries for “Make Music Day” Tuesday June 21st.  You can enjoy free music at dozens of locations.  Click the videoContinue Reading »


RADIO: Stateside on Michigan Public Radio by Cynthia Canty

June 20, 2016

From Jakarta to Detroit, event celebrates music worldwide By STATESIDE STAFF • JUN 20, 2016 SHARE (listen to it here)   Make Music Days have appeared in 700 cities in 120 countries across the world. The events are inspired by France’s Fête de la Musique, a celebration inaugurated in 1982, and they occur on theContinue Reading »

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Do you have any questions, comments or suggestions?

Feel free to contact us at:

Make Music Detroit

7500 Oakland St.

Detroit, MI 48211




Thank you to all our supporters and partners for making the first annual Make Music Detroit a success!

Swing by their websites and say, “Hello!”




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For sponsorship inquiries, please email Larry at

We are proud to be a part of the Make Music Alliance! Check out the Make Music Day website for more info.