On June 21st, people across the globe will be making music together as part of Make Music Day. The day is a free celebration of music around the world. It began in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique, intended as a holiday of free live music where performances could be held throughout cities—on street corners, rooftops, in parks, and stores. Over thirty years later, Make Music Day is now held on the same day throughout the world and has spread to more than 750 cities in 120 countries. Completely different from a typical music festival, Make Music Day is open to anyone who wants to take part, including those who have no musical background at all. All of it is free, and anyone can host a performance.
As part of the 2017 Mass Appeal series, Alfred Music is helping thousands of guitarists to rock out for Make Music Day. In dozens of cities, guitarists of all levels will come out for free lessons, and to play along in massive strumming crowds. Free Alfred Music songbooks will be distributed to all, so that everyone can play along.
This year’s songbook includes “Margaritaville,” “Blue Moon,” “I Can See Clearly Now,” “Somewhere Over The Rainbow,” and “New York, New York.”
In addition, Alfred Music is providing free copies of It’s Ukulele Time—a simple and effective approach to learning the ukulele—at more than 30 Mass Appeal Ukulele events, giving everyone a set of classic songs to play together.
To learn how you can be involved, and to see a list of participating cities, please visit Make Music Day’s website at www.makemusicday.org.