Make Music


This year marks Make Music Day’s forth celebration in Boston. In the past, Make Music Boston’s outdoor music festival has featured numerous locations, among them the Boston Common, the Lawn on D, the Rose Kennedy Greenway, Museum of Fine Arts, CityPOP Egleston, and the Faneuil Hall Marketplace. In our first three years, the festival has grown from 100 to 175 artists and ensembles performing music of all genres throughout the day. We’ve  showcased Too Many Trombones, an ensemble of 30 trombonists premiering music composed by Norman Bolter, and teamed with Girls Rock Boston for a mass guitar jam session.

Get involved for the 2017 festival! It is open to anyone who would like to participate – any genre, any level. From indie bands to Latin ensembles to hip-hop artists, all music will be celebrated and given platforms across the City of Boston. We will be joining over 730 cities around the world to celebrate Make Music Day – so help us make this day unforgettable as we kick off summer with music for all to enjoy!


Make Music Boston is a program of the fiscally-sponsored organization, Kadence Arts.

Help us make this festival free for all! Make a tax-deductible donation today!

Donate now!

We are proud to be a part of the Make Music Alliance! Check out the Make Music Day website for more info.

2016 Listings: Tuesday, June 21st



We’re hiring interns for the 2017 festival!

February 9, 2017

We’re hiring two interns for the 2017 Make Music Boston Festival! Applications are due on February 15, 2017. Click each link for more information: Personnel Intern Marketing Intern 

Gettin’ Ready for #mmbos16

February 12, 2016

Make Music Boston is back at it for 2016, prepping to ring in your summer in the best way – through participatory and pop-up music events around our city on the summer solstice, June 21. Last year, a little rain thwarted a few performances, but we were able to jam with Girls Rock Campaign Boston at the LawnContinue Reading »

So Far, So Good – But We Still Need You!

May 21, 2015

June 21st is coming soon! We have 23 artists playing at 12 venues around the city, but we are looking for more music to be made! Performances will be held at the following venues. Blackstone Square Boston Common Frog Pond Boston Common Parkman Bandstand Boston Common Visitor’s Center Downtown Crossing, Summer Street Pedestrian Z JamaicaContinue Reading »

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“Make Music Boston to celebrate summer solstice” by Kelly Gifford, Boston Globe, June 20, 2014

“About Make Music Boston” video by musicovation blog, September 3, 2014




The Team:

Genevieve Holmes, Executive Director:
Maria Finkelmeier, Founder and Artistic Director:

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