Arts Council Brings First Make Music Day to New Haven on June 21

Contact: Jennifer Gelband
Marketing Director
(203) 772-2788 x23

Mar. 20, 2018

Free Outdoor Music Making Events to be Held Across City as Part of Annual Global Celebration

New Haven, Connecticut –  The first annual Make Music New Haven, a wild and wonderful mix of hundreds of free outdoor musical events, will make its debut on Thursday, June 21, 2018, with performances 10 a.m.-10 p.m. throughout Greater New Haven in community centers, restaurants, backyards, front stoops, libraries, local businesses, parks, patios and auditoriums. The Arts Council of Greater New Haven is spearheading Make Music New Haven, a part of Make Music Day, a global music celebration that takes place on the summer solstice each year and brings people of all ages and skill levels together to make music. This year, New Haven is among 52 U.S. cities across the country, and the entire states of Vermont and Rhode Island, to host thousands of Make Music performances as part of the world’s largest annual music event.

“New Haven is a rich, creative cultural hub with so many talented artists,” said Daniel Fitzmaurice, Executive Direction of the Arts Council of Greater New Haven. “This program is a fitting addition to our community, and we look forward to celebrating our local artists in every neighborhood. Make Music New Haven will give all of our residents and visitors a chance to experience the city’s diverse music in their own backyards – or explore the sights and sounds of other neighborhoods.”

Make Music Day began in France in 1982 as the Fête de la Musique, and has spread to over 750 cities across 120 countries. Completely different from a typical musical festival, Make Music concerts are performed by anyone who wants to take part and enjoyed by everyone who wants to attend. From classical to folk, hip hop to opera, Latin jazz to punk rock, live music of all kinds resounds on streets, sidewalks, porches, plazas, parks, gardens, store fronts, and other public spaces on the longest day of the year.

Highlights of Make Music New Haven will include:

  • Trap Yoga with Thema – Vinyasa-style yoga coupled with a live DJ pumpin’ Trap Music beats (hip-hop music that originated in the south). Aligning mind, body, and spirit and having fun! Every level of experience is welcome, and dancing is highly encouraged. Led by Thema Graves.
  • Musical Intervention – Record Attempt at Most Vocal Solos in a Recording – Musical Intervention, in partnership with Make Music New Haven and the Arts Council of Greater New Haven, will host an attempt to break a record for most vocal solos in a song recording. Musical Intervention is inviting at least 500 people to have their voices recorded, proclaiming the power of music! Everyone has song in them, Musical Intervention will help you write, record and perform it to make your mark in history! Come for food, live music and celebration.

Make Music New Haven welcomes rappers, rockers, beatboxers, spoken word artists, instrumentalists of all types, vocalists, and experimental musicians to join in and showcase New Haven’s vibrant and eclectic music scene.  This celebration is open to all: professionals, amateurs, children, adults, choirs, soloists.

Make Music New Haven is currently seeking participants, venues, community groups, and arts organizations who want to be a part of this historic inaugural event. For more info, please contact

Current sponsors include: City of New Haven – Cultural Vitality Grant; Suzio York Hill; Town Green Special Services District; and Connecticut Office of the Arts.

To get involved and to view the full schedule of events, visit


About Make Music Day: Held annually on June 21, Make Music Day is part of the international Fête de la Musique, taking place in 750 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, 52 U.S. cities and the entire states of Vermont and Rhode Island are organizing Make Music celebrations, encompassing thousands of music making opportunities nationwide. Make Music Day is presented by the NAMM Foundation and coordinated by the nonprofit Make Music Alliance. For more information, please visit

The Arts Council of Greater New Haven is a regional nonprofit arts agency that provides leadership to and advocates for member artists and arts organizations and connects them to one another, to audiences, and to the Greater New Haven community. Visit the Arts Council at, call 203-772-2788, like us on Facebook at, follow us on Twitter @newhavenarts, or Instagram @newhavenarts. #ArtEverywhereNHV

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