Featuring Some of our Favorite Venues!

One of the aspects of Make Music New York that gets us most excited is its effect on communities throughout New York.

With the opportunity to select the performers and audiences they would like to attract, host venues have the ability to put on a unique event tailored to the audiences who experience it. Venues can choose between the many artists who have registered to perform at Make Music New York 2018 to engage their neighborhoods as they see fit.

Why is this possible with Make Music New York? Our network of partnerships with artists across all five boroughs is available to host venues, and vice versa!

Our mission is to allow musicians of any genre, skill-level, or demographic to perform – we hope to sign up diverse and cool venues so that each artist and venue partnership can reach the audiences they hope to reach.

If you’re wondering how to register as a performer or as a venue, look no further than the “register” tab on the main menu of our website, makemusicny.org!

We wanted to feature a few of the coolest types of venues from previous Make Music New York festivals to show the different kinds of locations that have participated. Maybe one of these venues will spark the inspiration to host your own performance for Make Music New York 2018!

Uptown Grand Central Community Plaza

Grand Central Community Plaza Performance

One of our favorite venues for both summer and winter festivals, the Uptown Grand Central Community plaza has hosted a multitude of events from the Ella Fitzgerald Piano Bar to the Solstice Soul train. Uptown under the Metro North train tracks, this plaza is a shining example of a community space that brings East-Harlemites (and other New Yorkers!) together in celebration of Music.

Community plaza shows are awesome simply because they take place in public spaces where communities live and interact on a day to day basis. New York has so many wonderful open spaces throughout the city, and we’d love nothing more than to fill each one up with performances on Make Music day.


Battery Park

Moving downtown, Battery Park has played host to several unique programs. One such notable program from 2017 was the Mp3 Experiment Number Fourteen produced by Improv Everywhere in partnership with Make Music New York.

The Mp3 Experiments are free, open-to-the-public participatory audio adventures where attendees carry out secret instructions in public spaces, often to hilarious results! Experiment Number Fourteen featured the use of Boomwhackers – lightweight percussion tubes tuned to musical pitches. The park provides a wonderful open atmosphere as well as access to audiences beyond those attending for Make Music New York. Random passers-by get to experience the performances as well!


New York Public Libraries

Libraries are a perennial fixture in the Make Music New York lineup. So much so, that you can expect a more detailed post about Library venue options coming soon! Libraries represent havens of support for the arts, and their goals and missions align closely with ours. We have programs at libraries throughout the five boroughs, and your neighborhood library is likely involved!

And if it isn’t, wouldn’t it be wonderful to have your local library host performances as well? If you have a library in mind, reach out to them (or us!) and see if it’s something they’d be willing to do! Previous shows include the Improvisational Composer’s Ensemble at NYPL – Tompkins Square, Thunder and Sunshine at NYPL – Jerome Park, and Echoes of Antiquity at BPL – Borough Park.


Greene Street, between Grand & Broome

Some of the most exciting shows at Make Music New York are the ones that seem to spring up from the city itself! Concertos for Buildings takes over an entire Soho block as hollow, cast-iron facades serve as resonant instruments for performing percussionists. This recurring program has expanded over the years to feature multiple concertos from a variety of performers, ranging from professionals to students.

The street corner literally serves as a vehicle for music – in a city that at many times feels as if it’s a part of its music, Concertos for Buildings makes that metaphor a reality!


Remember, if you’re a musician looking for a place to play – or if you have a garden, restaurant, sidewalk, or other outdoor space and want to host a show – you can sign up and find the perfect match for your Make Music New York concert. It’s easy and it’s free!

Have any other questions? Please don’t hesitate to contact us!

Make Music New York Presents Mass Appeal Concerts!

Mass Appeal Guitars

For the tenth consecutive year, Make Music New York is proud to announce the return of our signature concert series Mass Appeal. Mass Appeal concerts embody the essence of what Make Music New York is about – they gather musicians of all skill levels with an interest in a particular instrument to premier locations across the city to perform together.

Anyone can perform, from polished professionals to the amateur and curious – just grab your instrument and get playing! From the rusty harmonica player to the professional cellist, all are welcome to join these epic events, all taking place outdoors on June 21st.


Highlights from last season’s Mass Appeal concerts include:

Mass Appeal Guitars

In conjunction with NYC Guitar School, Mass Appeal Guitars is one of our most popular Make Music New York events! Bring your guitar for lessons in the first hour, followed by a jam and sing-a-long for the entire group. Take over Union Square’s south steps with your fellow guitar players! Last year, guitarists performed Songs of Peace including “If I Had a Hammer,” “Redemption Songs,” and “Give Peace a Chance.”


Mass Appeal Accordions

Held last year in partnership with the Brooklyn Accordion Club and the American Accordionist Association, Mass Appeal Accordions brings squeezebox enthusiasts from all over New York together for fun bellow and reed action! Last year, accordionists performed Terry Riley’s minimalist masterpiece “In C.”


Mass Appeal Djembes

Bringing together New York City’s thriving djembe and African hand drumming community, Mass Appeal Djembes was organized last year by players from the NYC African dance scene and led by Talu Green from the Broadway show FELA!


All of these concerts will return for the 2018 season, as well as Mass Appeal concerts for:

  • Bucket Drumming
  • French Horns
  • Harmonicas
  • Mandolins
  • Recorders
  • Ukuleles
  • And many more!

We’re still looking for Project Managers for many of these concerts! If you would like to run a Mass Appeal Concert for a particular instrument, email us at info@makemusicny.org with “Mass Appeal” in the subject line.

Most importantly, if you have a new idea for a Mass Appeal Concert that you don’t see on this list, reach out to us as well! We always welcome new concert ideas and want to turn your dream into a reality.

Alternatively, if you are looking to perform at a Mass Appeal, be sure to check out our previous post detailing how to sign up as an artist. And, as always, if you have any questions, let us know!

Look out for more information on Mass Appeal Concerts in the future, and stay tuned to this blog as we’ll be giving you updates about host venues, special projects, performers, and everything else related to Make Music New York 2018.

Get Excited For Make Music New York 2018!

Though the weather hasn’t quite warmed up yet, days are getting longer and spring is just around the corner. What does this mean?

It’s time to start thinking about Make Music New York 2018!

As you may or may not know, Make Music New York is the largest single-day festival in New York City. Every year, over 5,000 musicians perform 1,000+ concerts at over 400 unique venues. We strive to celebrate the musician in all of us, connect New Yorkers to their communities and with each other, bring bold new artistic creations to life, unite diverse communities in a spirit of celebration, and energize the shared social spaces that make NYC a cultural capital.

The Make Music New York team is kicking it into high gear securing permits, developing special projects, and planning logistics for the big day (June 21st, mark your calendars!). But, while we do our job, you have an even more important role in making this year’s festival a success – signing up as a venue, a performer, or both!

It’s the artists and venues throughout the city that bring people together to celebrate music and community. You guys are the ones who inspire, and who make this wonderful day possible.

And so, now begins our push to sign up as many venues and artists as possible!

Playing piano for the Make Music NY Festival

For Venues

There are all sorts of ways to host a performance for Make Music New York. Whether you are an individual with an inspired idea for a show you’d like to see, a community organization looking to engage and energize your neighborhood, or a business looking to host, you are the foundation of Make Music New York.

To sign up as a host venue, go to our website (LINKED HERE) and click on “summer registration.” You will be guided through the process from there! Once you have registered, you can either search out artists in our system that you want to perform at your venue, or you can relax and let artists come to you with requests to perform.

Either way, once you have registered, let us handle licenses, insurance, and permits so that you can focus your efforts on giving back to your community through amazing music.

Fans getting excited at Make Music NY

For Artists

Artists provide the magic for Make Music New York. They connect with communities and neighborhoods on an individual and personal level, and are what make this festival special. Our dream is to have as many people perform as possible – anyone, regardless of skill level, genre, age, or demographic is welcomed to do so.

To sign up as a performer, go to our website (LINKED HERE) and click on “summer registration.” Similarly to registering as a venue, you will be guided through the process from there. Once registered, look around for venues at which you’d love to perform! We’ll have all sorts of venues, whether you are looking for a park, something in your neighborhood, or a place to support your style of music.

The more venues and performers that sign up, the more successful the festival will be – we’ll be able to engage more communities, more neighborhoods, and more people through the beauty of music.

So, even if you don’t have a place to host or don’t want to perform yourself, tell your friends! Let them know about us – Make Music New York is a great opportunity to grow a fan base as an artist, or to reach more people and grow awareness of a venue. At the end of the day, it’s the people of New York City make this festival possible, and its their (and our!) music we celebrate.

Lastly, are you interested in our special programs for this year? Stay tuned, because we’ll begin posting previews for select events in the next few weeks. We’re going to have some really great programs this year – if you haven’t already, subscribe to our email newsletter and follow us on social media for updates on all things Make Music New York!

Wild Times in Lower Manhattan

Wednesday June 21st was the 11th Annual Make Music New York, filled with beautiful, unique and exciting musical happenings. Keep an eye out here for more images from the big day, starting with these awesome pictures from Improv Everywhere and their Mp3 Experiment #14 in Battery Park.

Thanks to our friends in the Parks Dept. and to everyone who came out for this big fun!


Catch Make Music New York in the media!

As we get closer to the Summer Solstice, June 21st, our friends in the media are telling it like it is:

“Year after year, Make Music New York remains one of the best reasons to call in sick and spend the day wandering around the city.”

Time Out New York

Check out the full article here

“Make Music is one of the best things that have happened to New York musical life in the past decade”
Alex Ross, The Rest Is Noise


Also, keep tuned to The New York Times for more updates like this one


The Make Music New York Team has been working furiously to finalize all performances for the 11th run of our festival, and we are absolutely ecstatic to turn New York City into a “totally outsized sonic street party” — NPR

Stay tuned, more information after the weekend!



—-Make Music New York Team


June is New York Music Month!


NEW YORK – Mayor Bill de Blasio, Media and Entertainment (MOME) Commissioner Julie Menin, and NY is Music co-founder Justin Kalifowitz today proclaimed June is New York Music Month. The first-ever citywide celebration of New York’s diverse and thriving music sector features 30 days of events designed to showcase and support the makers of New York City’s soundtrack. The month-long initiative highlights and cements New York’s status as the music capital of the country, if not the world.

Some highlights of New York Music Month:

  • 2,000+ hours of free rehearsal spacefor NYC-based musicians through community development organization SpaceWorks, underwritten by MOME.
  • Free concerts:New comprehensive website listing free and ticketed music events all over the city including free co-branded concerts at SummerStage, Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival, Lincoln Center Presents, Northside Festival, Make Music New York and more. All can be found at www.nymusicmonth.nyc.
  • Free walking tours of iconic music sitesas well as a digital map produced in partnership with Foursquare.
  • Online toolkit for musicians:MOME is putting out an RFP to create a first-of-its kind on-line resource to help musicians with the business side of their careers, with contracts templates, guides for registering music and ways to generate revenue.
  • Music, tech and real estate conference:A day-long event at NYU Steinhardt, “Sound Development NYC” will explore what comes next at the intersection of New York City’s music, tech and real estate industries with panels on venue preservation, music tech innovations, and more.

“Throughout its history, New York City’s diversity has fueled remarkable innovations in the arts – and nowhere is this clearer than the City’s music industry,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “The incredible range of musical styles that have originated here in New York are a testament to, and reflection of, our city’s multiethnic roots. In naming June 2017 as New York Music Month, we celebrate all the contributions our city’s music creators have made here, and encourage New Yorkers to experience all that our music community has to offer.”

“We are so excited to present this month-long celebration of New York’s primacy in the music industry,” said Julie Menin, Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment. “Not only is New York City the birthplace of hip-hop, salsa, and punk rock, and the place where jazz, classical, and other genres were nurtured into global forces, we are also home to the largest and most diverse music business ecosystem on the planet. New York Music Month is the first citywide celebration of the past, present, and future of music in the five boroughs. With a full calendar of events, industry initiatives, resources for musicians, music tours of local neighborhoods, and much more, there’s something for everyone.”

“We are delighted to partner with Commissioner Julie Menin and her fantastic team at the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment in producing New York Music Month,” said Justin Kalifowitz, Co-Founder of NY is Music and CEO of Downtown Music Publishing. “As the global music business experiences a true renaissance, there’s no better time to recognize the industry’s broad impact on New York’s economy, identify key challenges and opportunities for the creative sector and create new networks of common interest across all five boroughs. NY is Music co-founder, William Harvey and I thank the Commissioner for her supportive role in encouraging the growth of New York’s music industry, and helping to ensure that New York City continues to be the music capital of the world.”


Music is central to the city’s economy, social fabric, and cultural identity, but the industry only gained a home in a City agency a little over a year ago when it became part of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment’s portfolio. MOME’s mission is to do for music what it has done for the city’s thriving film and television production industry, growing and supporting it for the benefit of all New Yorkers. In March, the agency released the first NYC Music Industry Economic Impact study which detailed the importance of the industry as a driver of jobs and economic benefits in the city. The report also contained suggestions for how the City can support and grow its vital music ecosystem. New York Music Month is the first major initiative following on the heels of that report.

Organized to coincide with other major NYC area music events in June, the New York Music Month calendar boasts both public and industry facing events, including, but not limited to, Governor’s Ball, the 48th Annual Songwriter’s Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, the 100th anniversary of the National Music Publishers Association Annual Meeting, A2IM Indie Week, the Northside Festival, and SummerStage and Celebrate Brooklyn! opening weekends. The comprehensive listings available at nymusicmonth.nyc highlight music events at venues both large and small, world-famous and under-the-radar, in an effort to highlight for New Yorkers all that the city’s live music industry has to offer. New Yorkers are encouraged to use the hashtag #NYMM2017 to learn more about upcoming events and New York’s rich music culture.

Resources for Musicians 

The talented people who make up the city’s creative communities are a vital part of what keeps the economy humming, and the City wants to do its part in supporting and helping music creators thrive. New York Music Month features some tailor-made programs and free opportunities for the city’s music-making community.


  • Free Rehearsal Space:Recognizing the difficulty of securing affordable practice spaces in New York City, MOME will underwrite over 2,000 hours of free rehearsal space for NYC-based musicians, in partnership with nonprofit cultural community development organization SpaceWorks. Rehearsal space will be available in three separate sites in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and Long Island City, Queens.
  • Online Toolkit for Musicians:MOME is issuing an RFP for the creation of a first-of-its-kind complete online toolkit for NYC musicians to help them maximize revenue with the music that they make. The platform will include boilerplate language for contracts, step-by-step guides to register music, connections with local businesses and services and other ways to generate revenue in the local economy.
  • ‘Making Money with Music’ Workshops:MOME will provide workshops for musicians on how to turn on new revenue streams with their work, while continuing to make the music that they love.

Celebrating New York City’s Soundtrack

Hip-hop, salsa, folk, electronica, minimalism, and punk rock are some of the genres that sprouted in New York — the city where exciting hybrids of jazz, opera, and classical also flowered. New York Music Month will also give fans a map to the city’s musical geography.

  • Free Music Neighborhood Walking tours:So many neighborhoods have played pivotal roles in the development of music as birthplaces of pioneering artists, homes to cutting edge music venues, and even inspirations for global music movements. Tour companies around the city will be offering walking tours of the sites and neighborhoods that nurtured some of New York City’s most iconic music, provided for free by the Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment. Each tour provides an in-depth history of a different style of music in each neighborhood.
  • Online Map of Iconic Music Sites:Find out what happened in your backyard! In partnership with Foursquare, MOME is developing a comprehensive map of artists’ homes, venues, and other iconic music sites throughout New York City. Take a look and see where music was made in your neighborhood.
  • Free Entrance to the Museum of the City of New York:On June 18, New Yorkers can visit the brand-new Rhythm and Power: Salsa in New York exhibit, as well as the rest of the museum, by mentioning “New York Music Month.”
  • Free Entrance to the Rubin Museum:Free day of admission to The World Is Sound exhibit on June 24 for those who mention “New York Music Month.”
  • Spotify NYC Playlist:The music-streaming giant headquartered in NYC is creating a New York City-themed playlist.
  • Music Movies as Part of Movies Under the Stars:Free outdoor movie series presented in partnership with NYC Parks Department will have a musical theme.

Conferences, panels, and workshops:

  • Sound Development: NYC, a full-day conference at NYU Steinhardt that will explore the intersection of music, tech, real estate, and economic development on June 1. More information about the conference is available on theNew York Music Month website.
  • Women Behind the Music:A panel discussion and career fair aimed at young women aspiring to careers in the technical side of music production with hosted at Spotify on June 21.
  • LGBTQ music workshops:A month-long, three-part series bringing together LGBTQ musicians, artists and industry professionals to provide new perspectives to LGBTQ youth. Each session will focus on a different theme in music, art, and industry, taught by influential LGBTQ figures in interactive educational environments.

Quotes from Industry Partners

“At Lincoln Center, we believe music should be a part of all New Yorkers’ lives. That is why we present hundreds of free performances each year in all five boroughs, offering programming that is as diverse as the city,” said Lincoln Center President Debora Spar. “We are delighted to participate in New York Music Month, working with the Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment to make it easier for artists and audiences to connect through the power of music.”

“We are thrilled with the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment’s efforts to support music in New York City, and delighted to have the 39th annual BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival be part of the New York Music Month campaign. For almost four decades, BRIC has presented free music from around the world and around the block under the stars at our idyllic home at the Prospect Park Bandshell — listening, watching, and enjoying the potent culture that our world has to offer. June is the most glorious time of year in NYC, and we can’t wait to see and hear the city and its people come alive, and come together with music.” – Jack Walsh, Executive Producer, BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival

“City Parks Foundation’s SummerStage is thrilled to join the Mayor’s Office in celebrating New York Music Month,” said Erika Elliott, Executive Artistic Director of SummerStage. “June marks the launch of free SummerStage shows in Central Park and 15 neighborhood parks across the five boroughs, bringing high quality performing arts to New Yorker’s in their own backyards all summer long.”

“NYU Steinhardt and the NYU Music Business Program are thrilled to partner with The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment on the June 1st Sound Development: NYC conference at our historic campus in the heart of Greenwich Village,” said Larry Miller, Clinical Associate Professor and Director, NYU Steinhardt Music Business Program. “We look forward to welcoming a diverse group of leaders in the fields of music, media, technology, real estate and education as we celebrate New York Music Month and the countless ways that music contributes to New York’s culture, economy, and quality of life.”

“Music is at the heart of New York’s backbone and catapulted Brooklyn from the longtime home of artists & writers into the cultural epicenter of the world that it is today.  This is exactly what we aim to showcase at Northside in Brooklyn, and we are thrilled to be part of the first ever New York Music Month!” – Daniel Stedman, Founder and Publisher, Northside Media

“As a music festival by New Yorkers for New Yorkers, we are psyched that the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment has declared June as Music Month New York!  NYC is alive with talented musicians and music fans eager for more, and Music Month New York is the perfect way to celebrate and enhance the vital music ecosystem that drives our shared culture.”  – James Burke, Executive Director, Make Music New York

“The Museum of the City of New York is proud to celebrate New York Music Month, especially as we launch Rhythm and Power: our new groundbreaking exhibition on salsa as a musical phenomenon and social movement. Music is one of the most vibrant ways the diversity of our great city asserts itself and we welcome New Yorkers and tourists alike to join us and celebrate the rhythms of the city at the Museum this summer.” – Whitney Donhauser, Ronay Menschel Director of the Museum of the City of New York

“Casita Maria is incredibly proud to lead the development of the South Bronx Culture Trail Festival 2017 in partnership with the Bronx Music Heritage Center and Dancing in the Streets, which celebrates the borough’s rich and diverse culture with Latin jazz, Bomba y Plena, R&B, Mariachi and Garifuna music and so much more. The Festival is a testament to the rich and plentiful talent in the Bronx, as well as an appreciation to the resilient community that continues to give birth to emerging cultural movements. We are excited that this year the Festival is a part of New York Music Month, organized by the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, the first ever citywide celebration of New York’s rich musical heritage.”—Haydee Morales, Executive Director, Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education

“We welcome all music makers and aspiring musicians to develop their creative practices at our spaces, so this initiative is a huge boon,” said Risa Shoup, Executive Director at Spaceworks. “We’re thrilled to partner with the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, NY is Music and all involved to make our music rehearsal spaces free during the month of June as part of this initiative to celebrate and support New York City’s vital and historic music sector.”

“The Center and New York City share an unwavering appreciation for arts and culture, and we’re thrilled to be a part of New York Music Month to bring music education to our LGBT youth community,” said Glennda Testone, Executive Director of The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center. “Collaborating on Commissioner Menin’s initiative to bring workshops to The Center throughout June will provide LGBT youth with a connection to music, as an art form and an industry, allowing them to explore music as a passion and potential career path.”

“Sound shapes culture. Music connects people across time and geography. At the Rubin Museum, we are taking a closer look this year at how sound shapes our existence and can become a tool for transformation,” said Patrick Sears, Executive Director of the Rubin Museum. “We’re thrilled that the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment is celebrating the many facets of music and culture during New York Music Month.  As one of the diverse places to experience sound in New York City, the Rubin Museum is proud to offer free access to our new exhibition The World Is Sound on June 24.”

Quotes from Elected Officials

“New York City has been a national touchstone for music evolution and innovation for generations, and it is exciting to see our local musicians recognized and afforded additional resources for their work through the establishment of New York Music Month,” said City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. “From the underground sounds of Brooklyn, to the Latin melodías in my own district of El Barrio and the South Bronx, this month-long celebration will serve to empower community music scenes and educate New Yorkers about the real songs of the city, and the City Council is proud to be a supporter of such a valuable initiative.”

“New York has a long history of musical innovation and our theaters, clubs, studios, and other community spaces have set the stage for countless musicians to connect with audiences here and around the world,” said Cultural Affairs Commissioner Tom Finklelpearl. “New York Music Month provides a thrilling opportunity to celebrate and experience this rich heritage. The inspired partnership between the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and Spaceworks will provide local musicians with the space they need to make it here in New York. My agency is a proud supporter of Spaceworks, and it is one of the cornerstones of this Administration’s commitment to expand the supply of affordable workspace for artists living and working in New York.”

“New York City has always been a place musicians come to produce and perform their best work, find inspiration through a city that’s constantly changing and pushing boundaries, and form collaborations with other artists to make music that crosses over the boundaries of culture and genre,” said Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer. “As the Chair of the Committee on Cultural Affairs and Libraries, I’m thrilled to join in proclaiming June as New York Music Month. This month-long celebration will empower amateur and professional musicians alike by providing the resources needed to continue creating and performing in spaces all across our city, from a neighborhood park to the stage of a world-renowned performance center.”

“New York City is known internationally as the center of the music industry and the creative capital of the world,” said Council Member James Vacca, Chair of the New York City Committee on Technology. “Dedicating a month to the celebration of music pays tribute to our history as a place where new genres emerged and musicians cultivated their craft. I look forward to a month of activities where we get to show off the greatest aspects of our city and experience the best of what our city has to offer. I join Mayor de Blasio and Commissioner Menin in their appreciation and promotion of music in our city.”

Sing for Hope Pianos Join Us on June 21st!

The Sing for Hope Pianos places artist-designed pianos throughout NYC’s parks and public spaces for anyone and everyone to play.  For three weeks this June, the pianos will bring individuals together in an open festival of art for all.  This year, Sing for Hope will place its 400th unique piano artwork in the five boroughs, making NYC home to more street pianos than any other city in the world.  As New York City’s largest recurring public art project, the Sing for Hope Pianos impacts an estimated 2 million people each year.
Sing for Hope is excited to partner with Make Music New York to host concerts at 50 pianos across NYC!  Find out more about the Sing for Hope Pianos at www.singforhope.org.

Registration closes Friday. All performances must be confirmed!

If you’re a musician looking for a place to play – or if you have a garden, restaurant, sidewalk, or other outdoor space and want musicians – you can sign up and find the perfect match for your Make Music New York concert. It’s easy and it’s free. If you already have a fully organized event (with both artist and venue ready to go!), just register as a venue, then select “Input Artist Info”.


Already registered?! Log in and confirm your pending performances right away.

Need help?  info@makemusicny.org  917 779 9709

Happy 100th Ella!

With support from the Ella Fitzgerald Foundation, the mobile Ella Fitzgerald Piano Bar will roam the streets of Harlem (11 am – 6 pm), celebrating the 100th anniversary of the immortal singer’s birth. A pickup truck equipped with a keyboard and PA system will travel to half a dozen Harlem locations that resonate with Ella’s music heritage. The route includes stops at Red Rooster/Ginny’s Supper Club and Shrine, and ends with an afterparty at the Jazz Museum of Harlem. At each location, audience members will be given songbooks and mics so that they can sing their favorite Ella song with piano accompaniment.

Special Projects 2017!

In addition to the large number of street, parks and plaza performances featuring the NYC music making public, every June 21st MMNY partners with artists, venues and organizations to present an array of Special Projects. Here is a first look at some of the extraordinarily creative projects in the works:

49 Flutes at locations citywide throughout the day

A celebration of the 40th anniversary of John Cage’s 49 Waltzes for the Five Boroughs that will feature 49-98 flutists performing citywide throughout the day. Cage’s artwork first appeared in the October 6, 1977 Rolling Stone magazine, a gala issue celebrating their move to New York City. For the piece, Cage constructed”waltzes” through chance operations as a series of 49 multi-colored triangles superimposed on a Hagstrom map of 147 locations throughout the city. Subsequently, he published a score for performers, listeners and/or record maker. Presented in partnership with Avant Media and flutist Martha Cargo.


Cantus and Chamber Music Center of NY at the Naumburg Bandshell, Central Park, 4:30-7pm

Cantus is hailed as “the premier men’s vocal ensemble in the US” by Fanfare and are winners of the prestigious Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence from Chorus America.  Students from the Chamber Music Center of NY will kick the program off.  Cantus is presented in partnership with Carnegie Hall.


Concertos for Buildings at Greene Street between Broome and Grand, 5-7pm

Ensemble percussion compositions will be played using buildings on a historic SoHo block as instruments. Featuring professionals and students from Mantra Percussion and a woodwinds section from Rahway High School, NJ. The program features works by Daniel Goode, Miguel Bolivar and the debut of a new commission by composer Lainie Fefferman.


Ella Fitzgerald Piano Bar throughout historic Harlem, 11am-6pm

A celebration of the life and music of Ella on the occasion of her 100th birthday anniversary. A pickup truck decked out with a keyboard and PA system will travel to half a dozen Harlem locations that resonate with Ella’s music heritage ending with an after party at the Jazz Museum of Harlem. Additional stops along the route will include Red Rooster/Ginny’s Supper Club and Shrine. At each stop, audience members will be given songbooks and mics so that they can sing their favorite Ella song with piano accompaniment. Presented in partnership with the The Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation


The Gauntlet Dalehead Arch, @64th Street, Central Park, time TBD

Make Music New York’s 2016 commission “The Gauntlet” returns to the festival in 2017. This vocal arrangement by composer Sxip Shirey calls for two rows of thirty singers to engage in a musical dialogue as audience members immerse themselves by walking, at their own pace, through the rows of paired singers. The audience member experiences the composition by moving through the Gauntlet as if being carried by a river. Featuring the ensemble Choral Chameleon.


Gerard Grisey’s Le Noir D’Etoile at the American Museum of Natural History’s Hall of the Universe 12:30pm lecture presentation, 1:00-2:00pm concert

In 1990, Gérard Grisey composed an immersive and rigorous composition for six percussionists in which they play along to the amplified sonic emanations of pulsars. Conductor Douglas Perkins leads an ensemble in this special program, with a pre-concert lecture presentation on pulsars by Mordecai-Mark Low, Curator, Department of Astrophysics, Division of Physical Sciences, Computational Sciences. Presented with support from FACE Foundation.


Inside the Bird Chorus at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Wave Hill (Bronx), Fresh Kills Park (Staten Island), Jamaica Bay Wildlife Preserve (Queens) and Central Park, from dawn to dusk

Back by popular demand for a second season, musician and philosopher David Rothenberg and friends will perform dawn and dusk concerts in tandem with the local avian population from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Additional musicians adept at improvising with wildlife will be stationed in picturesque parks and recreation areas representing every borough.


Mp3 Experiment #14 at Battery Park, 6-7pm

Mp3 Experiments, produced by Improv Everywhere, are free, open- to-the-public, participatory audio adventures where attendees download a smartphone app and listen to synchronized secret instructions in a public space via headphones. In a very special collaboration between Make Music NY and Improv Everywhere, this program will debut a new composition to be performed by thousands of participants on Boomwackers–lightweight, color-coded percussion tubes that are tuned to musical pitches by length. Park goers and passersby will be taken by surprise as a new music score is created before their eyes!


Offerings and Songs to the Solstice Sun at Fort Tryon, 5-7pm

Irka Mateo, Neo-Dominican singer, folklorist and performer in collaboration with IgniVox Productions will guide the Make Music audience and local community through an ancestral Taino ritual performance to worship the summer solstice sun as passed from generation to generation in the Dominican countryside.The audience is invited to participate in a solstice ritual procession, the offering ceremony and a concert showcasing vocals, drums, guitar, bass and accordion to re-create the mix of the indigenous, African and European musical genres still played today in the Dominican Republic’s popular religious celebrations and social gatherings.  


On the Waterfront  at Pier “I”  in Riverside Park, 4:30-7pm

Two grand pianos will face off on the Hudson River waterfront in this special program featuring American duo piano compositions. Karl Larsson and Hitomi Honda kick off the concert with with works by David Lang, Emily Cooley, and Scott Wollschleger, followed by two full hours featuring music by Thea Musgrave, Gregory Mertl, and others as performed by students from Mannes Prep and other NYC music schools. Co-presented by Summer on the Hudson with special thanks to Piano Piano.


Porch Stomp at Governors Island on Saturday, June 17 (special date) 12pm-5pm

Returning for its eleventh consecutive season, Porch Stomp is a festival within the Make Music New York festival that digs deep into the traditions of bluegrass, folk, old-time and roots music. The celebration features over fifty singer/songwriters and bands performing from noon to 5pm on the historic porches surrounding the timeless Nolan Park on Governors Island.


Punk Island at Randall’s Island on Sunday, June 18 (special date) 12pm-7pm

Punk Island is a festival within the Make Music Festival organized by a collective of artists, curators, musicians and educators whose goal is to bring the vitality, diversity, and intensity of the NYC punk scene into the light of day. Now entering its tenth consecutive season, Punk Island will star over 100 bands playing across eight micro-curated stages to create a truly only-in-New York experience.


Rhythm on Rikers at Riker’s Island, time TBD

Antibalas co-founder Martín Perna and teaching artists from NYC’s Afro-beat community will lead an intensive day-long workshop in percussion techniques that will culminate in a performance by and for the incarcerated population of Riker’s Island.


South Shore Lawn Party at the Kreischer Mansion, 12-9pm

South shore Staten Islanders, rejoice! The Kreischer Mansion is hosting the “South Shore Lawn Party” to celebrate the launch of the historic mansion’s summer programming. The Victorian porch will transform into a stage for Staten Island musicians, bands and performers to fill the South Shore with musical sounds usual reserved for the North side of the Island. Food and drinks will be available via local food trucks and caterers throughout the day.


Sousapalooza at Bryant Park, 5-7pm

Four wind instrument groups–saxophones, clarinets, trumpets & trombones– will improvise in the four corners of the park before assembling to perform the best-loved marches and fanfares of John Philip Sousa and his contemporaries, led by conductor Jeff W. Ball of the Brooklyn Wind Symphony.


Street Studio City at numerous locations citywide throughout the day

Ten teams of world-class DJs and producers will emerge from their studios and pour onto streets citywide to record, mix and loop the live ambient sounds of the streets. All the while, the public is encouraged to interact and to sing, play an instrument, or record audio to become part of the musical track. At the end of the day, each team of producers mixes down one 3-minute track, using only material recorded on site, to share that evening at a “Street Studio Smackdown” party at the offices of SoundCloud.


Uptown Funk throughout historic Harlem, throughout the day

Uptown Funk is a walking tour of historic Harlem that connects an assortment of Make Music New York concerts, presenting partners and venues, including the 3rd Annual Make Music Harlem block party, the Ella Fitzgerald Piano Bar, and special events produced in conjunction with the Jazz Foundation of America.

World Music Block Party at Astor Place Plaza, 11am-6pm

Produced in partnership with Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater, this daylong block party will feature seven groups representing diverse immigrant populations in NYC. The party will also feature the finalists and celebrity judges of the first ever  “Drum Off Contest” a contest presented in partnership with Blue Man Group NY.


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