Make Music Detroit – June 21st, 2016 marked the inaugural Make Music Detroit celebration. Detroit joined cities around the world to celebrate music in its many forms. Inspired by France’s Fête de la Musique (a national music party day inaugurated in 1982), Make Music Day or World Music Day takes place on the same day in more than 700 cities in over 100 different countries throughout the globe, including Germany, Italy, Egypt, Syria, Morocco, Australia, Vietnam, Congo, Cameroon, Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia, Chile, South Africa, Nepal, Kenya, and Japan. For more information, please visit Make Music Day or Fête de la Musique‘s websites.

All Make Music Detroit events are:

  • Free (no tickets, no musicians or audience members are charged)
  • Participatory (open to any musicians at any level who wish to participate)
  • Features 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 (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 to bring attention the importance of early music exposure for kids and the benefits of music education in their daily lives. Detroit became a fountain of reverence in music, arts, culture and humanities in part because of how the universal availability of music education enriched its citizens. Every Detroit child deserves access to music education and Make Music Detroit is dedicated to supporting this goal.

Last Year’s Recap – For the inaugural MMD2016, we coordinated more than a dozen sites around the city to serve as venues for over 100 free performances.  Most sites were dispersed within three walkable clusters situated within the Cultural Center, Downtown and North End neighborhood.  Attendees were 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 other 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).


This year for MMD2017, performances will start at Noon and end at Midnight on Wednesday, June 21st, 2017.  Mark your calendars and let’s make it better than the last.  We will see you there!


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It’s easy to get involved! Sign-up for MMD2017 will be open to the public on March 1st, 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!

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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.  Registration starts March 1st.

Sign Up as a Performer Now!!

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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!  Registration starts March 1st.

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 Your Time and Support!!

It takes a village…


Past Programs

MMD2016 Performing Artist Lineup:

Aaron Michael Butler
Alexander Schwank
Ali McManus
Amp Fiddler
Amp Fiddler’s Youth Music Workshop
Andrea Daniel
Andrew Iannaccone
Anthony Retka Music & Emily Rose
Art Rautenberg Music
Bobby McManus
Brother Angel Drum Devils Youth Rhythm Workshop
Bunny hop
Cayenne & Ginger
Chrissii Key
Chrissy Morgan & Susie Woodman
Church Girlz
City Lights!
Clem Fortuna
Crockett King
Dante Evol
Dave Parks Five
DrinkersClub SmokerzGang
Dear Annaa
Dennis Coffey at Northern Lights Lounge every Tuesday
Detroit Mixo
Detroit Party Marching Band
Detroit Steam Pistol
DJ Thornstryker
Dream Element
Elle Mar
Emma Guzman
Erica Mourad
Evan Miller/Andrew Seivert
Fast Freddy Anderson
Fortuna / Knaggs
Great Lakes Society of Soul
Greater Alexander
Greg Turner
Innerspirit Project
Isaac Prieto
James Mcglinnen
Jason Hogans (:brownstudy, Medium Parnell, Moot Zoo)
Jeffrey Felch
Jennie Knaggs
Joe Smith
Jonathon Kiner
Judy Adams
Keith Smith
Kevin Reynolds
Krystal Styles
Knee Play
Lakes the Great
Larry Fratangelo
Lazy Lane
Lia K Catallo
Lisa Mary
Liz Larin
Luke Jensen
Malena Quartet
Malik Alston
Maria Montoya
Marissa Guzman
Mark Frechette & ANMLTALK
Mark Stone Group
Michael Elliott-Carson
Mike Agent X Clark
Modern Vagrant
Motor City Music Cartel Featuring Scotty William
N4structure Band
Olivia Millerschin
Pablo R. Ruiz
Panda House
PhilHarmonic Sextet featuring Thornetta Davis
Rebecca Goldberg & Nardo Navdo (Le Ren)
RJ Spängler Quintet featuring Nikki Pearse and Larry Smith
Rustbelt Angels
Sam the Saxman w/ Luis Hirschlieb
Sami Mei Music
Sanubian Slay X O Kame Awoken
Sean Blackman
Sheila Slaughter
Sophia Avocado Music
Soul Pepper
Sounds of Imani Music Ministry
Stereo Boyz
Ted Nagy Trio
Ted Strunck
The Bed Band
The Blessing: World Music Youth Workshop
The Euphorics
The Illuminate Crew
The Mighty Funhouse
The Sun Drummers
Tosha Owens
Trop Fusion & Will Villain
Ulysses Newkirk
Val Mancini Music
WindStar Soul
Woodrow The-Entertainerer
Young Punk
Zac Brunell

MMD2016 Performance Spaces:

Assemble Sound
Carr Center at Harmonie Park
Cass Cafe
Delores Bennett Park
Detroit Bureau of Sound at Spread Art
Detroit Institute of Arts Museum
DIME (Detroit Institute of Music Education)
DIME Acoustic Space
Evola Music Center – Bloomfield Hills
Evola Music Center – Canton
Evola Music Center – Shelby Township
Fox Creek Feed’em Freedom
Jazz Cafe at Music Hall
Jerry’s Garden
Lincoln Street Art Park
MIX Bricktown
Moore Community Council Park
Northern Lights Lounge
Old Miami
Red Door Great Hall of the People
TheStudio Dance Fitness Culture
The Under ground at DIME
Third Man Records
Thomas Magee’s
Urban Bean Co.
WAYN Radio at Wayne State University


Harvest Moon Dance

September 10, 2016

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