Make Music


On Thursday, June 21st, the fifth annual Make Music Boston festival, presented by Kadence Arts, will fill Boston’s outdoor spaces and music venues with over one hundred live concerts, free and open to the public. From classical to folk, hip hop to opera, Latin jazz to punk rock, live music of all kinds will resound on streets, sidewalks, porches, plazas, parks, gardens, storefronts and other public spaces on the longest day of the year. Any musician is invited to take part in this all-day celebration of the summer solstice. (Rain date: June 22nd)


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.



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 water music compoers

Meet The Composers of Water Music

May 28, 2018

Water Music – one of the four Anchor Performances at MMB 2018 – is a site-specific, environmental work inspired by the Charles River.

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Make Music Boston 2018 Anchor Performances

April 1, 2018

In addition to having over 300 musicians registered to perform on Boston’s streets, parks and plazas this June, Make Music Boston partners with local artists, venues and organizations to present four special anchor performances each year. 

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10 Boston Based Artists I Am Really Vibing With, April 25, 2018 

Announcing the 2018 Make Music Boston Festival: Free, live music on the summer solstice, April 1, 2018

Make Music Day Returns on Thursday, June 21, March 28, 2018

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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