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Make Music
Pittsburgh

About

Mission

Connect all Pittsburgh community members, regardless of age, musical experience, or ability, to make and enjoy music every summer solstice, while also encouraging further participation in music-making.

Vision

A city where all community members are enabled to make music and feel connected and supported in their musical engagement.

Make Music Day Pittsburgh

Make Music Day is designed to help with music exploration and to showcase local musical talent and inspire others to play music. Performers of all ages, levels, and styles of music are welcome.

This is the global celebration of music held annually on the summer solstice, announced that this year’s vast program will observe the festival’s 41st year and feature a full return to in-person events, with more than 5,000 live, free music-making events held nationwide on, June 21.

Strategic Goals 2020-2023

Encourage

  1. Encourage all Pittsburgh community members to make music
  2. Encourage community members to continue to make music beyond Make Music Day
  3. Increase the number of neighborhoods involved in MMDPGH

Connect

  1. Connect community music makers to the resources available in their neighborhoods
  2. Foster an inclusive and supportive environment that encourages all community members to make music

About Make Music Day

Originally started in France in 1982, Pittsburgh will be one of over 1,000 cities playing music on June 21, 2023, as part of a global Make Music Day celebration.¬† Whether it’s Hip-Hop in Lawrenceville, Gospel in Highland Park, Bluegrass in Squirrel Hill, Classical in the Hill District, or kids rocking out on buckets at The Children’s Museum, Make Music Pittsburgh is about enjoying music in its purest form with Pittsburgh flare.

contact us at pittsburgh@makemusicday.org

Participate

Make Music Pittsburgh June 21st 2023.

Coming soon:

Our Sign Up page will be coming soon. If you wish to volunteer to play, participate, support or if you are a venue, we are alway available to help, just email us!

Make Music Pittsburgh will fill the neighborhoods of Pittsburgh with music. We are eager to bring musicians and music lovers together again. To register as a performer or as a venue, please create a profile *** here*** or email pittsburgh@makemusicday.org.

We are also teaming up with several community spaces to music education events as well as an instrument petting zoo. Stayed tuned for more details as well as postings on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/makemusicpittsburgh

Make Music Pittsburgh 2023 June 21st, is right around the corner!

Registration Information

Registration is Closed at this time!  Musicians and venues will be able to create a profile and register very soon.***. In the meantime, please reach out to our team with any questions regarding collaborations! You can reach them at pittsburgh@makemusicday.org.

If you need help with equipment (PAs, microphones, etc.) please contact Make Music Pittsburgh’s staff via email at pittsburgh@makemusicday.org we are happy to help you find the tools you need!

Who else is taking part?

Over 37 artists, including:

Almost Exactly Like Julia  --  Ambridge Steel Drum Band  --  Beaver County Symphonic Wind Ensemble Presented by Brighton Music Center  --  Boom Rockets  --  Brad Wagner  --  Brian Junker  --  Bucket Drumming: Tweens and Teens Its Now Your Turn To Rock Out!   --  Caleb Kopta  --  Charmaine Evonne  --  Dan Bednarczyk  --  Devin Russian  --  Donna Occhipinti  --  Elizabeth Chase  --  Free Group Guitar Lesson  --  Free Live Music Make Music Day June 21st Hosted By Bob Gally  --  Free Ukulele Lessons with Steel City Ukulele Club Sponsored by Alfred Music Publishing & Brighton Music Center   --  Goats  --  Greater Pittsburgh Suzuki Institute, Community Music School  --  Instrument Donation Drive- Presented by Farina Foundation "Play it Forward"  --  Jessica Bella Band  --  Jim Skiff  --  Kristel Davis  --  Madeline Jo   --  Mark Jackovic and The Jazz Influence  --  Mary Lou Scherder  --  NO X IN NIXON   --  Open Mic  --  OrangeG  --  Paul Eisert and Joan Papalia-Eisert as FIRE & ICE  --  Percussion and Strings Instrument Petting Zoo- Hosted by Unisound and Brighton Music Center  --  Ronni Weiss  --  Sing Move Play w/SRU Early Childhood and Elementary Music Community Engagement Initiative!  --  Steel City Ukuleles   --  The Appalachian Soul Man - Aristotle Jones  --  West View Hub Free Ukulele Lesson and Jam for Tweens and Teens   --  West View Hub Free Ukulele Lesson for Kids 10 and under  --  Wojo

Over 18 venues, including:

Children's Museum of Pittsburgh   --  Church Brew Works  --  Cousin's Lounge  --  Cranberry Twp Municipal Center  --  Edgewood Borough Memorial Park  --  Ernie B's Rock "N" Roll Barber Shop  --  Guitar Center - Pittsburgh  --  Inner Groove Brewery ALLENTOWN TAPROOM!  --  Mellon Square: Summer in the Square Lunchtime Music  --  Merchant Oyster Co.  --  Ruckus Cafe  --  Schenley Plaza  --  Sports Grille Cranberry  --  Steamworks Creative  --  Steep Mountain Tea Company  --  The Cafe at The Frick  --  Townsend Park New Brighton PA  --  West View Hub

2023 Listings: Wednesday, June 21st

 

Local Support Sponsor Page

Thanks to the support of our local business and partners! We could not do it with out you!

Brighton Music Center

Farina Foundation

Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

Unisound Pittsburgh 

The Frick Pittsburgh

Music Of Pittsburgh

Ruckus Coffee Gallery

The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank

All Together Better

Inner Groove Brewing

Steamworks Creative

Church Brew Works

Greater Pittsburgh Masonic 

Table Talk Linen

Volunteer and Donate

Music Ambassador Volunteer Program

A  Music Ambassadors can be a high school or college student who is involved in any school music program that would like to help represent our community. This can be done by volunteering their time with Make Music Day  Pittsburgh.This opportunity includes being part of special events virtually or at various locations around the area.  Connect with  local musicians to represent the best and brightest within the local music community. This person also identifies opportunities with area schools and other musicians. This is an amazing opportunity to get involved with the Pittsburgh Music Community and meet other like minded students and network.

This volunteer opportunity allows for help with hours needed for community service or for college majors and degrees that need to be completed with credits or graduation.  Complete this form/link to sent a request. Google Form

Donate

All concerts are free and open to the public. That being said, your donations help make it possible.

If you would like to donate to Make Music Day Pittsburgh, please contact us.

Volunteer

Having people join our team increases the chances for further success for Make Music Day.

Complete this form/link to sent a request. Google Form

If you would like to  donate, become a Music Ambassador or Volunteer on Make Music Day, please contact us at pittsburgh@makemusicday.org  

Support Our Community

Make Music Day Virtual Food Drive

In order to continue to support our neighbors who are experiencing food insecurity during these difficult times, we are hosting a virtual food drive! For every $1 donated, the Food Bank can provide up to 5 meals for the children, families and seniors they serve across Southwestern PA. Thank you for your continued support!

Give Today!!!

#MySongIsYourSong

Join the global song swap for Make Music Day!

Learn a song by another artist and hear yours covered in return. Songwriters, composers and bands of all styles and walks of life are invited to participate!

Partners will be introduced by June 5th, carefully matched. This year, we’ll focus on far-flung pairings to connect you to musicians in new places. You‚Äôll make their song your own, share a video of it on Instagram or YouTube June 21st, and use #MySongIsYourSong to join in the celebration!

We are also excited to announce special prizes for two lucky #MySongIsYourSong participants: two concert ukuleles from Flight, two Scarlett 4i4 audio interfaces from Focusrite, and two Launchkey 37s from Novation. One pair of songwriters will be selected at random to receive these prize bundles. To enter to win, just:

  • Register using the form, below
  • Receive your pairing with another songwriter
  • Record your cover of their song
  • Post it on Instagram or YouTube, and
  • Send the link to catherine@makemusicday.org by midnight (New York time) on June 21, 2023.

Join the conversation following #MySongIsYourSong on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram.

Monument Lighting

Special thanks to The Koppers Building, Federated and also the Gulf Tower from 2022.

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*If you are interested in writing about Make Music Pittsburgh, please contact us at pittsburgh@makemusicday.org Рand thank you!*

Photos from Past Events! Thanks to All of the Great Participants, Musicians, Venues and Performers!

These are some of our favorites from the last couple of years.

Steel City Ukulele Club 2021

Team

Make Music Day Pittsburgh has a rockin’ team! Thanks to these amazing people the events gets bigger every year.¬†Interested in joining? Contact us at pittsburgh@makemusicday.org¬†¬†or fill out our Google Form

Advisory Committee

Mark Despotakis

Emily Bovan

Brad Wittmer -President/Director

Music Ambassador

Bob Gally (photo and video)

Music Helper Volunteer

Cody Wittmer

Veronica Wittmer

Past Advisory Committee

André Solomon (Co-Director)

Michaela Kizershot White (Co-Director)

Kateyln Clement

Aubrey Carpenter

Zoe Sorrell

Sondra E. Woodruff II

Past Volunteers

Jiashun Fang

Tom White

Sarah Schreck

Rachel Kingham

Kara Kulinski

Founder

Jasmine Kurjakovic