Make Music



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.


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 Pittsburgh is a festival designed to showcase local musical talent and inspire others to play music. Performers of all ages, levels, and styles of music are welcome. Last year, due to COVID-19, we hosted a virtual 11-hour streaming that reached an audience of over 1,000 individuals.  Despite being physically apart, our passion to share music and bring communities together lives on.

Make Music Pittsburgh is a community organization sponsored by New Sun Rising.

Strategic Goals 2020-2023


  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


  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, 2020, 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.



Make Music Pittsburgh – January Virtual Open Mic

On January 21st, 2021, Make Music Pittsburgh will be hosting a virtual Open Mic Night. Our first virtual open mic took place last June and was a blast! We are eager to bring musicians and music lovers together again. To register for a slot during our 6 pm performance, please email

Throughout January, the Make Music Pittsburgh team will facilitate virtual “mic-checks” to ensure every performer is comfortable with the Zoom technology and has the best set up for their instruments.

Make Music Pittsburgh 2021

Registration Information

Registration for Make Music Pittsburgh 2021 will open in Spring 2021. In the meantime, please reach out to our team with any questions regarding collaborations! You can reach them at




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 visit the following website.


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

If you would like to volunteer on Make Music Day, please contact us at  or fill out our Google Form









*If you are interested in writing about Make Music Pittsburgh, please contact us at – and thank you!*


Make Music Pittsburgh has a rockin’ team! Thanks to these folks the festival gets bigger every year. Interested in joining? Contact us at  or fill out our Google Form

Advisory Committee

Mark Despotakis

Zoe Sorrell

André Solomon

Michaela Kizershot White

Brad Wittmer 

Sondra E. Woodruff II


Jiashun Fang

Tom White

Sarah Schreck

Rachel Kingham


Jasmine Kurjakovic



Please feel free to contact us with questions or ideas at