Make Music


The 2017 summer solstice marked Make Music Day’s fourth celebration in Boston. Make Music Boston featured live, free performances all across the city of Boston on June 21st, featuring musicians of all stripes in venues including the Boston Common, the Lawn on D, the Rose Kennedy Greenway, Museum of Fine Arts, CityPOP Egleston, Downtown Crossing, and Porter Square. In our first four years, the festival grew from 100 to 450 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, created a 100 person soundscape using the music of John Cage, and teamed with Girls Rock Boston for a mass guitar jam session.

Check back soon for 2018 festival details! 


Make Music Boston 2018 Registration is open!

Performers: Sign up and create your profile. Check out the available venues and request one that will fit your needs. The venue will confirm your request, and you’re good to go.

Venues: Register your venue by submitting your location information and a description of the space. Check out available musicians and request a performance, and respond to requests you receive. 

Check out this slide show to learn more about the match-making process.

Deadlines: The registration deadline is May 31.


Do you love music? Every year, our team of volunteers help Make Music Boston succeed. We welcome volunteers of all backgrounds and have a wide variety of volunteer opportunities. Sign up to volunteer by emailing Kaitlyn Burke, Managing Director of Make Music Boston.


Make Music Boston is a program of Kadence Arts, a non-profit organization in Boston, MA. Help us keep this festival free for all! Click here to make a tax-deductible donation today!

Make Music Boston 2017 was made possible by support from The Boston Foundation and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Make Music Boston is proud to be a part of the Make Music Alliance and we thank our partners at the Downtown Boston Business District, Friends of Fort Point Channel, Cambridge Arts Council, Somerville Arts Council, Boston Parks and Recreation, Washington Gateway, Vic Firth, NAMM, Cambridge Neighborhood Association, and Arts Boston.


Fin and Giuls


June 20, 2017

Fin & Giuls are sisters in a family of seven. They’ve been playing music since they were about ten in their family band, The Knuckleheads.

tokyo tramps make music boston


June 19, 2017

Satoru Nakagawa and Yukiko Fujii were born and raised in Japan, but they always knew they wanted to be in make music in The United States.

fiona corinne make music boston


June 17, 2017

Fiona Corinne is a pop singer-songwriter based out of Lowell, MA. She calls her music “show-pop,” or as she describes, a blend of pop, rock, and show tunes.  Corinne has been singing and making music for as long as she can remember. Her parents enrolled her and her three siblings in piano lessons in theContinue Reading »

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On-Air Interview WBUR Boston with Lisa Kreamer, June 21, 2017

“Keytar Bear makes comeback to streets of Boston” WCBV Channel 5, June 21, 2017

“Make Music Boston Returns to Give You Free Music” by Caroline Schagrin, Boston Magazine, June 20, 2017

“What Bostonians need to know this week” by Nic DeCosta-Klipa,, June 19, 2017

“Magazine Beach Park summer programs to launch June 21” by Wicked Local Cambridge, June 14, 2017

“Q. and A. with local musician Maria Finkelmeier” by Peter Shanley, Jamaica Plain Gazette, June 9, 2017

“10 ways to have a free, fun summer around Boston” by Matthew Dinaro, Metro Boston, May 18, 2017

On-Air Interview With WTBU News (31:30) with host DJ Kyle, May 2, 2017

“Make Music Boston Call for Performers” by Caitlin Pohl, Sound of Boston, May 1, 2017

‘Make Music Day’ Plans 4,000 Free Concerts Nationwide” by Elias Leight, Rolling Stone, April 13, 2017

Make Music Day festival is coming to dozens of US cities” by The Associated Press, April 13, 2017

“Get Involved: Make Music Boston. Singin’ in the streets” by Alexandra Cavallo, Improper Bostonian, June 3, 2016

Make Music Day plots 2,250 Free Concert Nationwide” by Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, June 18, 2015

“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:
Maria Finkelmeier, Founder and Artistic Director:

Kaitlyn Burke, General Manager:

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