Make Music
Roselle Park

FAQ

Make Music Brooklyn
Aviva Jaye performs on Make Music Day in Brooklyn in 2015. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for NAMM)

What is Make Music Roselle Park?

Make Music Roselle Park is part of Make Music Day, a free celebration of music around the world on June 21, the summer solstice.

Completely different from a typical music festival, Make Music is open to anyone who wants to take part. Thousands of amateur musicians play in public spaces, often for their first time. Professional musicians perform for new audiences, who come out from under their headphones to hear unfamiliar groups risk-free. And everyone is invited to sing along and enjoy the first day of summer.

Today, Make Music is observed on the same day in more than 800 cities around the world. It is the world’s largest annual music event.

Where did the idea come from?

Make Music began in France as Fête de la Musique, a national musical holiday inaugurated in 1982. Ever since, the festival has become an international phenomenon, celebrated on the same day in more than 120 countries, including Germany, Italy, Greece, Russia, Lebanon, Ivory Coast, Australia, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Canada, and Japan.

The name Make Music comes from the French Fête (or Faites) de la musique, which means both “festival of music” and “make music!”

Is this an annual event?

Yes, Make Music Day takes place every June 21. 

Who can perform?

Anyone and everyone. Amateurs, part-time professionals and established artists are all welcome. In the U.S., initiatives like “Mass Appeal” allow even those who have never before touched an instrument to join in. If you are interested in performing at Make Music Roselle Park, please click here. But please keep in mind, we don’t have an infinite number of slots available, so we can’t guarantee everyone who registers will receive an invitation.  

Where are the events held?

Part of the idea of Make Music Day is that anyone can host a performance as long as it is free, open to everyone and and largely outdoors. Make Music Roselle Park is producing some performances itself, but we welcome others to join in the celebration by volunteering additional venues. For example, your business could host performances on your sidewalk or in your parking lot. Your church or school can hold a performance on your yard (could be your own school band or church choir). Even residents can host shows on their porches or in their front yards. Maybe you’re in a band that practices in your garage. Let us know when and where, open the garage door and invite people to stop by and watch. Just be sure to check with the local government in advance to ensure you are following all ordinances. Events may include traditional concerts, but also music lessons, karaoke or “Mass Appeal” (musicians all playing the same instrument congregating to perform together). The possibilities are endless. Anything that is musical qualifies. To register as a venue, please click here

Will Make Music Roselle Park produce an event at my venue?

No. You or your group would be responsible for producing your own event. However, our “matchmaking” website connects venues with interested musicians. If you already know exactly who you want to perform at your venue, that’s fine, too. But please register on our website anyway so we can help promote your event.

How will my concert be promoted?

All concerts in Make Music Alliance member cities are promoted through its online listings platform, interactive maps, smartphone apps for iOS and Android, dynamically created promotional posters and nationwide PR firm. In addition, some cities have developed media partnerships to create printed programs listing every concert, vinyl banners for venues, and newspaper and radio ads. Make Music Roselle Park also will conduct a local PR campaign.

Is this open to only musicians from Roselle Park?

Not at all. Events produced by Make Music Roselle Park itself will show preference to Roselle Park residents but also might book out-of-town musicians if spots are available. But as we mentioned earlier, any person or organization in Roselle Park may also host performances, and it’s entirely up to them which acts they choose to book.

Does Make Music Roselle Park need any help?

Yes! We’re just getting started with this annual celebration. We hope to grow a little more each year, and we’ll certainly need more volunteers along the way to help us plan and run events. If you’re interested, please email us at rosellepark@makemusicday.org.

Whom do I contact if I have additional questions?

Feel free to email us at rosellepark@makemusicday.org.