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 make this festival free for all! Click here to make a tax-deductible donation today!

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


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.


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Claim Your Park or Venue for Make Music Boston 2017

May 23, 2017

Have you ever wanted to play music at one of Boston’s public parks? Well, now you can! Make Music Boston 2017 features live, free performances throughout the city of Boston on Wednesday, June 21.  With over 20 confirmed locations, and more rolling in each day, we’re positive we have the right fit for you. HeadContinue Reading »

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 »

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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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