Partering with Community Gardens

We are proud to partner with many different communities and organizations throughout the five boroughs. The more diverse the groups we partner with, the more people we can engage with on Make Music Day (June 21st – mark your calendars!), and the better we can make real our mission of celebrating music with the people of New York City.

One such community is GreenThumb Community Gardens. GreenThumb supports over 550 gardens throughout the five boroughs. They put on workshops that provide supplies to garderes, as well as teach gardeners anything from basics to advanced farming techniques. Some gardens are meant as a social and open space, others are small farms as oases in the city, and many are a combination of both!

Community gardens share a vision with Make Music New York, in that they believe in bringing together communities, relaxation, and believing in individuals to be the backbone of their program of all ages and backgrounds to share their passions.

Perform in a community garden

We have 12 community gardens signed up as venues so far – these gardens are perfect for singer-songwriters, acoustic acts, chamber groups, and even bands! In this more intimate setting, surround yourself with green space as you bring music to your community in a unique way.

From GreenThumbs: “Music in the gardens can be the perfect opportunity to get to know your neighbors and other organizations! Visit to find a list of gardens that will be participating.”

Sound like your cup of tea? Once you’ve visited to see the list of gardens, register here to perform in your local community garden!


Artist Sign Ups

May 11th is the artist sign-up deadline…sign-ups end in less than a month! Do you have a band or an act that you’d love to perform for your neighborhood? You can register here!

And, even if you 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.

As we have said before, it’s the people of New York City make this festival possible, and its their (and our!) music we celebrate.


Getting involved: block parties, parks, multiple venues, volunteering

Block Parties

Cornelia Street block party, photo by Peter Matthews, MMNY '08
Cornelia Street block party, photo by Peter Matthews, MMNY '08

Each year for Make Music New York, dozens of community groups have put together musical block parties, bringing their neighbors together for Cuban jazz, electronic Gameboy music, indie rock, steel pans, hip hop, and string orchestras in streets across the city.

This year, why not your block?

To help you throw a party on your street, we’ve put together a helpful handbook, updated for 2012.

Download it here: MMNY Block Party Handbook (pdf)

Block party applications are due by March 21st to be considered for an event in June. If you’re interested in having a block party, read the handbook and contact us this week! Email to get started.


In about a week, we will list over 100 New York City parks on our website for musicians and organizations to use for Make Music New York. These spaces are first come, first served — if you’re a musician who wants to perform in a park, register today, and we will send you an email as soon as the parks go live on the website.

In the meantime, please don’t use the “Create your own location” tool to register a park — only the parks we put up can be permitted for Make Music New York. (If you want to create a space on a sidewalk, plaza, garden, or closed-off street… that can work!)

EMEFE at The Winery (Harlem), MMNY 2012
EMEFE at The Winery (Harlem), MMNY 2012

Multiple Venues

Lots of MMNY locations are managed by Business Improvement Districts, library systems, and other groups that oversee multiple outdoor locations. We are working on a tool right now to allow these groups to register all of their locations at once on our website. If you have more than three locations and are interested in having an account that lets you manage them all at once, email


Right now, we need volunteers to help organize MMNY in neighborhoods throughout the city, and to make phone calls to musicians from our Astor Place office. Email if you’d like to join us.

Venues for 2011

To make finding the right Make Music New York location for your band easier, we’ve compiled the lists below. You can look through all the park locations by borough, sidewalk locations by availability of electricity, and all locations in terms by preferred genre. (Most park locations are open to any genre of music.)

Remember, to apply to these locations for Make Music New York, you must first register through the MMNY portal — located here — and sign in to your GigMaven account.

(Updated as of April 22.)

Sidewalk Venues that will provide electricity

Sidewalk Venues without electricity






Staten Island

Additional locations with a Piano

Venues by Genre

Hip Hop