Make Music


The 2017 summer solstice marks Make Music Day’s fourth celebration in Boston. Make Music Boston 2017 will feature 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, and the Faneuil Hall Marketplace. In our first three years, the festival grew 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 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 is 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.


It’s easy to get involved!

Click here to access the “match-making” service and create a profile!  

Performers: create your profile by submitting a photo, description of your act, and any relevant website/social media links. Check out the available venues and bid on one that will fit your needs. The venue will confirm your request, and you’re good to go.

Venues: confirm landlord/renter approval for live music performances. Create a profile by submitting your location information and a description of the space. Peruse the musician profiles to request a performance or welcome musicians to bid on your space independently. Then confirm the connections. Festival organizers are happy to help with permitting.

2017 Listings: Wednesday, June 21st



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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“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 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:

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

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