Make Music


Make Music Rochester is modeled after a Parisian tradition (Fête de la Musique) that began in 1982 as a tribute to the Summer Solstice.  More specifically, each June 21st Paris is filled with musicians of all kinds performing on sidewalks, lawns, balconies, in parks, etc. for anyone to enjoy at no cost.  In 2007, Fête de la Musique crossed the Atlantic with the debut of Make Music New York.  Ever since, cities around the world have been starting their own Make Music days.  In fact, in 2016 there were 38 North American cities that gave 3,238 concerts at 1,078 locationsall on a single day!

Our founding members felt it was time this beautiful celebration come to Rochester!!  We hope that this sort of “pop-up”/”organic” event will help activate spaces that are frequently overlooked (i.e. lawns, parks) and play a role in strengthening the Rochester community.

Join us for the first Make Music Rochester on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 from 12pm to 9pm!! All Ages | Free


None of this would be possible without our gracious host organization, the Community Design Center Rochester.


Click here to sign-up as a performer, venue, or both! We are THRILLED to have you join us for our first year.

Information for participants:

Thinking about performing for Make Music Day Rochester?  We’d love to have you!  Here are a few guidelines to keep in mind for your performance:

-Participants are welcome to perform throughout the city of Rochester either on sidewalks, or private property.  If you’re performing on a sidewalk, please keep a 5 foot path clear for pedestrians.

-If you wish to perform on a private property, you may choose from any of the pre-registered locations on our VENUES list.  If you choose to perform on a private property which is NOT a pre-registered venue, you must get permission from the property owner.

-Please remember that as a performer, you are responsible for providing your own equipment, or making arrangements with your selected venue for such.  Performers are also responsible for setting up and taking down equipment, as well as keeping the performance area clean.

Thank you for participating, we can’t wait to experience your performance!


We are able to keep our concerts free and open to the public thanks to your generous donations!

 Until we get our PayPal up and running, please send a check to:

Make Music Rochester
The Community Design Center Rochester
Hungerford Complex
1115 East Main St., Door #3B
Rochester, NY 14609

All contributions to Make Music Rochester are 100% tax deductible.

For sponsorship inquiries, please email


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