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Make Music Denton

The City of Denton joins the Make Music Day celebration with numerous events on Thursday, June 21, 2018. Make Music Day is a one-day event where free, live musical performances, opportunities to make music, and other musical events take place around the world on the longest day of the year. Musical festivities in Denton are part of a global celebration of music making in over 750 cities inspired by France’s te de la Musique.

In cooperation with Pender’s Music Company, the Denton Convention and Visitors Bureau, Denton Main Street Association and Texas Woman’s University department of music and theatre, the City of Denton invites everyone from professional musicians to people who have never picked up an instrument to join in the global music celebration by attending one of the many events scheduled on the Denton Courthouse-on-the-Square (CHOS) for the day. Music has been shown to strengthen social connectivity, reduce stress, lower blood pressure, stimulate memory, and is integral to a well-rounded, enjoyable life. By participating in Make Music Day, we encourage every form of music making.   We are, after all, a Music Friendly certified city.

National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) members and partners from coast to coast will open their doors, joining in their communities’ celebrations of Make Music Day. June 21 is the perfect day to stop in to a local music store for some gear or to go out and play – whether it’s for the first time or the thousandth.

Held annually on June 21, Make Music Day is part of the international Fête de la Musique, taking place in 800 cities across 120 countries. The daylong, musical free-for-all celebrates music in all its forms, encouraging people to band together and play in free public concerts. This year, more than 65 U.S. cities are organizing Make Music Day celebrations, encompassing thousands of concerts nationwide. Make Music Day is presented by the NAMM Foundation, and coordinated by the Make Music Alliance. For more information, please visit www.makemusicday.org.

Why join Make Music Day

Make Music Day brings joy, inspires creativity, and transforms communities. It celebrates and promotes the natural music maker in all of us, regardless of ability. Make Music Day events turn sidewalks and streets into impromptu stages; lets amateur musicians share their passion and gain confidence; and gives established artists in all genres a chance to perform for new audiences. Special Make Music Day initiatives, like free instrument lessons and “Mass Appeal” events, invite everyone to join–even if they’ve never picked up an instrument before in their lives. And for those whose life’s work is to create more music-makers, it’s the perfect opportunity to spread the message of musical participation.

History of Make Music Day

In 1982, Jack Lang and the staff of France’s Ministry of Culture created a new kind of musical holiday they called Fête de la Musique, which means both “festival of music” and “make music!” They imagined a day where free, live music would be everywhere: street corners, parks, rooftops, gardens, storefronts, and mountaintops. Everyone was invited to join and play music, or to host performances, wherever they were. The Fête has turned into a national music-making holiday in France every June 21, on the summer solstice. According to surveys, almost 8% of the country—5 million people—have played an instrument or sung in public for the Fête de la Musique. Today, Make Music Day has become an international phenomenon, with millions of musicians of all styles, all ages, and all skill levels reimagining their cities as stages, and using music to spread joy to their communities. And Make Music Day is spreading quickly in the United States.

Who Participates in Make Music Day?

Currently, plans are underway by local organizers in 800 cities in 120 countries to hold official, citywide celebrations of music on June 21 with free, openly accessible concerts, music lessons, and participatory performances. Many others in smaller communities – including music stores – are planning their own events on June 21 and organizing music events for their neighborhood, for their block, or for their parking lot. In 2018, 65 cities in 31 U.S. states will join the celebration and many cities and landmarks will turn orange (pictured right, Niagara Falls). You can find links to
participating cities and ways to get started at makemusicday.org.

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