MAKE MUSIC DAY—THE WORLD’S LARGEST GLOBAL MUSIC EVENT—ANNOUNCES LINE-UP
On June 21st, 800 Cities Worldwide Celebrate Music With Interactive, Inclusive, Public Celebrations; New York City To Have A Record-Setting 1,350 Live Music Events
New York, NY (June 21, 2014) - On June 21st, the world’s largest interactive, annual music event, unified as the Make Music Day celebration (www.makemusicday.org), will be taking place around the world. From morning to night, people of all ages, creeds, and musical persuasions will gather in an all-inclusive day of making music. From drum symphonies to massive ukulele circles, streets, sidewalks, stores and parks across the nation will be filled with people celebrating music.
· New York City (http://makemusicny.org/), there will be 1,350 wide-ranging events including a free guitar school in Union Square Park hosted by Guitar World Magazine, Hal Leonard and C.F. Martin & Co. featuring Testament’s Alex Skolnick and Wise Girl; a celebration of the 200th birthday of Adolphe Sax, inventor of the saxophone, with 100 saxophonists playing at Columbia University; and a Billy Joel sing-along on wheels presented by Casio with pianist Simon Mulligan on the keys and people off the street taking a turn on the mic. In addition, legendary drummer Carmine Appice will perform at “Rhythm on Rikers” alongside inmates in a percussion workshop.
· With nearly 30 events, Boston (http://makemusicday.org/make-music-boston) features an interactive art installation around Frog Pond at Boston Common with percussionists playing an original piece on Zildjian cymbals.
· Philadelphia (http://www.makemusicphilly.org/) has nearly 200 planned events and boasts a Mass Appeal Harmonica event from Hohner with Lee Fields & The Expressions . Harmonicas will be distributed to anyone in the audience who wants to join the all-inclusive harmonica events in seventeen cities.
· With 90+ bands signed up to participate, music-related events in Los Angeles (http://makemusicla.org/) include Mass Appeal Ukuleles featuring GRAMMY winning player Daniel Ho leading a massive ukulele circle in Griffith Park. This is being put together through the generous efforts of Alfred Publishing, KALA and Making Music Magazine who provided music for all participants.
· Chicago (http://makemusicday.org/make-music-chicago/listings) will have 200+ performances in 55 locations.
· Madison, WI (http://www.makemusicmadison.org/2014-performances/) has an outstanding nearly 400 performances lined up for Make Music Day.
NAMM’s Mass Appeal, a series of events supported by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) and its members, will provide people across the country with the opportunity to show up and make music no matter their experience.
The number of participating cities in the U.S. has doubled in 2014. A full list of all participating cities can be found at www.makemusicday.org
About Make Music Day
Held on June 21st, Make Music is part of the international Fête de la Musique, taking place in 800 cities across 110 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, twenty US cities are organizing Make Music celebrations, encompassing thousands of concerts nationwide. For more information, please visit makemusicday.org.
The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) is the not-for-profit association with a mission to strengthen the $16.7 billion music products industry and promote the pleasures and benefits of making music. NAMM's activities and programs are designed to promote music making to people of all ages. NAMM is comprised of approximately 9,000 Member companies located in more than 92 countries. For more information about NAMM or the proven benefits of making music, interested parties can visit www.namm.org, call 800.767.NAMM (6266) or follow the organization on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.