Make Music New York Block Party Resource Guide

Just click on the link below to find out how you can create your own Make Music New York Block Party on June 21st!

Make Music New York Block Party Resource Guide

 

Registrations for Make Music New York are open!

Sign up today as a performing musician or host venue to take part in Make Music New York on June 21, 2019! Just click on the blue REGISTER NOW button to create your profile.

If you are a musician or vocalist, simply register as a “Performer.”  Create your unique profile, including music samples and social media tags to make it easy for interested host venues to learn all about you and your music. Then begin your search to connect with hundreds of participating venues, including parks, community gardens, plazas, libraries, shopfronts and other outdoor hot spots.

If you are an interested in hosting a local NYC musician, just sign up as a “Venue”.  Create your profile to make it easy for interested performers to learn about your venue and the type of music you are looking to host. Then begin your search to connect with thousands of musicians representing every conceivable genre and style of music,

Creating your profile is free, fun and easy. Within minutes, you will have access to the Make Music New York database to help you find your perfect match.

If you have questions or require assistance, please contact us at info@makemusicny.org.

Happy Hour Fundraiser for MMNY!

Support our mission of celebrating the musician in all of us with good cheer at our after-work mixer. Meet the Make Music team and your fellow musicians, venue hosts and partners in person.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 13th from 5:30-7:30 PM
WHERE: Public House, 140 East 41st Street
RSVP: Click on our Evite page to let us know you are coming! While there, you can make a donation in support of our upcoming Make Music New York festival taking place on Friday, June 21st. Suggested donation $25.

Generously hosted by Make Music New York board directors Rob, Samit and Henry.

2019 Make Music New York

Our online registration portal for performers and hosts venues will open very soon, so please stay tuned!

Make Music Winter is here!

Despite the ominous weather forecast, Make Music Winter will persevere on Friday, December 21st! Parades, procession and programs will take place in light rain. In the event of heavier rain, organizers may delay the start times of their programs. Severe conditions may result in cancelations. Stay tuned to the Make Music Winter event page for up to date notifications!

Queens Second Line Swing will now take place from 1:15-2:00pm inside the Louis Armstrong House Museum, 34-56 107th Street, Corona.

Kalimbascope is canceled. The procession requires sensitive electronic equipment that cannot be used in the rain.

Make Music Winter 2018

The complete lineup of 2018 Make Music Winter participatory parades taking place on Friday, December 21st has been announced and posted. Be sure to visit Make Music Winter  to see what’s happening in your neighborhood and to join in the fun!

Make Music New York presents Sound of the City

It’s that time of season where we like to feature each of our Special Projects so that you, the Make Music New York community, can have a better understanding of the many great ways to enjoy our music celebrations this coming Thursday, June 21st! Look for regular blog posts outlining events across neighborhoods and boroughs, featuring amazing and engaging musicians from the New York area.
This week, our man Petrit chats with Airbnb concerts rep Wayne Price and host Ron Jean-Gilles about the upcoming partnership between Make Music New York and Airbnb Concerts!
Petrit Pula: Hello Wayne! We’re really happy to partner with Airbnb Concerts for the very first time this June 21st! Can you tell us a little about your mission at Airbnb Concerts and how it intersects with Make Music New York? 
Wayne: Thanks, Petrit! Pleasure to be part of MMNY with Ron’s concert, Sound of the City. Ron as a host is the perfect example of our mission with Airbnb Concerts, which is to create live music experiences that are cozy, intimate and hosted by a human being with a unique POV.
Think of an amazing dinner party, except with music as the conduit for connection, instead of food. Unless of course if the host prefers to bring some food to the table (pun intended), which is part of Ron’s value proposition as host. Unlike other platforms that support intimate concerts, we don’t have a one size fits all model. We’re here to support the host’s creative vision. Many of our hosts are artists themselves, and as such, being a part of the largest one day music festival in New York City makes a ton of sense for us. We’d love NYC’s vibrant live music scene to consider hosting concerts in a unique Airbnb venue.
PP: Great! Can anyone sign up and host a concert?
Wayne: Yes! All potential hosts will be vetted for quality, which is super important to us. If you think you have a concert concept that audiences would want to experience, submit it here: https://www.airbnb.com/host/experiences.
PP: Hi Ron! As the Airbnb Concerts host, what can we expect from the event you’ve planned on June 21st at Nublu? 
Ron: Greetings Petrit! For the 21st and for every concert event that I host the number one priority is to bring joy to the people who come and spend time with us. Usually that happens if the vibe that is set (how they are greeted, what stories you tell, the food they eat..etc..) and the music that is played are right.
The most important thing is the music – that is why I work with the artists that I do. Their music brings me joy and I think others would benefit from that also. Thank you and see you soon!
PP: Very cool! We’re excited to have you part of MMNY this summer solstice!
For more info on Airbnb Concerts and the June 21st MMNY show, grab a program guide or visit www.airbnb.com/concerts

Mp3 Experiment #15 – Featuring our Special Projects

It’s that time of season where we like to feature each of our Special Projects so that you, the Make Music New York community, can have a better understanding of the many great ways to enjoy our music celebrations on Thursday, June 21st (mark your calendar!). Look for regular blog posts outlining events across neighborhoods and boroughs, featuring amazing and engaging musicians from the New York area.

This week, I got to chat with Charlie Todd, founder of Improv Everywhere – a comedic performance art group that carries out “missions” in public places. Last year, he worked with Make Music New York on Mp3 Experiment 14 – he’ll be back this year with another special project to check out!

Spencer Kulow: Hi Charlie! We’re excited to have Improv Everywhere return to present Mp3 Experiment Number 15 for Make Music New York this June 21st. Would you mind giving us a bit of the history behind the Mp3 Experiments, and maybe speak to the inspiration behind the concept?

Charlie Todd: I created The Mp3 Experiment in 2004, which was when the iPod was really becoming pervasive in New York City. I remember sitting on the subway and noticing that almost everyone on the car had white earbuds. That made me think, wouldn’t it be cool if everyone was listening to the same music? That if we all had a shared soundtrack in our ears? That led me to develop the first Mp3 Experiment in December of 2004 with composer Tyler Walker.We took that idea of a shared soundtrack and added instructions from a narrator, making it an interactive experience.

That first year some people participated by burning the mp3 file to a Discman. We’ve come along way from those early days to the smartphone app we use now. The first couple of experiments were small, with 100-200 people involved, but we’ve grown over the years and now attract thousands of people. It makes me so happy to watch a crowd of 3,000 people participating in the same fun, ridiculous event.

SK: How has Make Music New York fit into the history of the Mp3 Experiments?

CT: Over the past fifteen years we’ve had partnerships with lots of great cultural institutions like River to River, the Brooklyn Beat Festival, and Governors Island. We like to partner with festivals to attract a new audience and bring the event to new places. Last year was our first partnership with MMNY, and we’re thrilled to be working with them again this year.

Traditionally the Mp3 Experiment has been a mostly silent event. It’s a massive crowd of people blending in to the real world, surprising and delighting others as they carry out secret instructions from their headphones. Working with Make Music New York has inspired us to make a bit more noise. Last year in Battery Park we distributed 3,000 “Boomwhackers” to our participants and had them play a song together. This year we have another surprise musical prop that we’ll be distributing.

SK: Make Music New York is all about uniting New Yorkers in our shared social spaces through the power of music, and the Harbor View Lawn of the Brooklyn Bridge Park is a beautiful example of a shared social space. How is the program integrated into the park itself?

CT: We are really excited to be working with Brooklyn Bridge Park this year, thanks to MMNY. It’s an amazing space, and we’ve designed the event specifically with it in mind. We’ll be using the entirety of Pier 1, with our participants spread out all over it, blending in with everyone else at first, and then congregating together for a big musical celebration. The park has such incredible views. It’s going to be an awesome backdrop for our fun.

SK: What are you most looking forward to in this incarnation of the Mp3 Experiments?

CT: It’s sort of silly that an event that has been going on for 15 years is still called an “experiment”, but we try new things each year. That’s always what excites me the most when I’m writing the script. I love taking a big swing and crafting something ambitious for our crowd to carry out. It doesn’t always work out like we expect, but it’s always fun. We’ve learned so much over the years about crowds and how they work together. We’ll be including some classic bits that are guaranteed to bring lots of smiles, and we’re pushing boundaries and trying new things as well.

SK: And, one final question: how can Make Music New York fans enjoy the program and what should they expect?

CT: Head to https://improveverywhere.com for the full participation details. The event is free and open to people of all ages. You’ll need to download our app to your phone to get the audio file and synchronize playback, and there will be instructions on what to wear and what to bring (a few simple household props.) The full details won’t be posted until the week of the event. If you join our email list, you’ll be the first to know when the details are out.

Hot off the Press! More info about Make Music New York

Look out! We have a new press release out in preparation for June 21st and Make Music New York. Wondering what we have to say? Here are some highlights:

“Completely different from a typical music festival, [Make Music New York] celebrates and promotes the natural music maker in all of us, regardless of ability. Reimagining their cities and towns as stages, every kind of musician – from bucket drummers and opera singers to hip-hop artists and marching bands – pours onto streets, parks, plazas, porches, rooftops, gardens and elsewhere to celebrate, create and share their music with friends, neighbors and strangers.

All Make Music New York events are free and open to the public. Participants who wish to perform, or to host musical events, may register at MakeMusicNY.org. A full schedule of events will be posted on the website in early June.

About Make Music New York

Now entering its 12th year, Make Music New York (MMNY) is a unique festival of 1,000+ free concerts in public spaces throughout the five boroughs of New York City, all on June 21, the first day of summer and longest day of the year. MMNY takes place with similar festivities in 800 cities around the world – a global celebration of music-making. For more information, please visit www.makemusicny.org.”

You can read the full press release here for more info!

 

Muscota Marsh Harmony – Special Project

It’s that time of season where we like to feature each of our Special Projects so that you, the Make Music New York community, can have a better understanding of the many great ways to enjoy our music celebrations on Thursday, June 21st (mark your calendar!). Look for regular blog posts outlining events across neighborhoods and boroughs, featuring amazing and engaging musicians from the New York area. If you missed our past special project posts, be sure to check them out here, here, and here!

James Burke – our Executive Director – spoke this week with ​composer John Hastings, creator of the special project “Muscota Marsh Harmony.”

James Burke: Hi John! I’m thrilled to be presenting your latest special project “Muscota Marsh Harmony” as part of this summer’s Make Music New York on June 21st. I know that you have worked with MMNY in the past as well. Can you share with our fans some of your history with the festival?

John Hastings: Hi James! I’ve been working with MMNY since 2012 when I did a audience participation piece called “HUM 7 8 9” where people would join with me in humming along with the ConEd substation in DUMBO. It was a place I discovered by walking one day and it was great fun to integrate the city’s sound environment with New Yorkers into a sonic seance of sorts. I did that piece a few times as well as a performance of Christian Wolff’s Stones in Red Hook, at the beach near Valentino Pier Park in 2015. As with my humming piece, the audience were the performers as we all collected stones from the beach and made sounds with them together . One of the joys of MMNY is having people from all walks of life engaged with sound and music in all sorts of ways.

 

JB: Back to “Muscota Marsh Harmony”, can you explain the program for our followers and speak to the inspiration behind the concept?

John: Muscota Marsh Harmony is a performance that was directly inspired by my neighborhood and community in Inwood, at the top of Manhattan. What I want to do is to harmonize different parts of the neighborhood, whether it be the community, culture, history, and even the environment itself. How this will manifest is through 4 performers, moving through the park space, singing different pitches as well as melodies remembered from their own personal histories. Interviews that I conducted with my neighbors will also be featured, played back through speakers scattered throughout the park. The audience then is free to move through the park and to listen the singers and interviewees relate their perspectives and stories.

 

JB: Make Music New York is all about uniting New Yorkers in our shared social spaces through the power of music and you have identified a unique and site specific performance venue. How is the program integrated into the layout of the park?

John: The Muscota Marsh is a reclaimed wetland that sits near the convergence of the Hudson and Harlem Rivers, properly called Spuyten Duyvil Creek. I wanted to site the performance at this place, between land and water, itself a kind of harmoniousness. With this performance, I don’t want to force the sound into the park, I want to place the singers and the pre-recorded interviews as an outgrowth of what would already be there. I see my contribution as a sonic “scrim” over the environment. Our NYC parks are really a shared space for all of us and this performance will hopefully only add to that.

 

JB: What are you most looking forward to and how can Make Music fans best enjoy the performance?

John: I’m most looking forward to the warm weather! Make Music New York is always a fantastic day and I hope to take in at least a couple other events before mine in the evening. For people coming to see Muscota Marsh Harmony, I would say come with an open mind and be ready to be surprised by seeing such a pastoral scene in Upstate Manhattan!

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