Make Music New York Inc. is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to inspire and celebrate the musician in all of us, to connect artists with each other and with new audiences, to bring to life bold new artistic creations, to unite diverse communities in a spirit of celebration, and to energize the shared social spaces that comprise the neighborhoods of New York City.

Our vision is ambitious, inclusive, adventurous and fun, and we accomplish it by organizing two annual daylong music holidays that erase boundaries between amateur and professional performers, and between performers and audience members: Make Music New York on June 21st, the summer solstice, and Make Music Winter on December 21st, the winter solstice.


Make Music New York

Now entering its 11th year, Make Music New York, “the largest music event ever to grace Gotham” (Metro New York), is a unique festival of 1,000+ free concerts in public spaces throughout the five boroughs of New York City, all on June 21st, the first day of summer. MMNY takes place simultaneously with similar festivities in more than 750 cities around the world – a global celebration of music making.

Completely different from a typical music festival, MMNY is open to anyone who wants to take part.

From 10 in the morning to 10 at night, musicians of all ages, creeds, and musical persuasions – from hip hop to opera, Latin jazz to punk rock – perform on streets, sidewalks, stoops, plazas, cemeteries, parks and gardens. From high school bands to marquee names, MMNY is open to anyone who wants to take part, enjoyed by everyone who wants to attend.

The next Make Music New York is on Wednesday, June 21, 2017.


Make Music Winter

Make Music Winter, first launched in 2011, is a free, outdoor musical celebration each December 21st that turns audiences into music makers. With a diverse array of talent and themes, Make Music Winter transforms New York’s cityscape with thirteen participatory musical parades on the winter solstice.

Parade partners for 2016 include the Bronx Music Heritage Center, Brooklyn Botanic Garden,Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, Friends of the High Line, Shake Shack, Symphony Space and many more. The full 2016 schedule is listed on the Make Music Winter page.

Make Music Winter VI was Wednesday, December 21, 2016.