• Mon. Mar 20th, 2023

Cincinnatians will celebrate music and the Summer Solstice on June 21


Live music will once again reverberate throughout Cincinnati on Make Music Day, June 21, 2022.

Occurring annually on the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, Make Music Cincinnati is a free outdoor music celebration with performances created by anyone and enjoyed by everyone. Parks, coffee shops, restaurants, front porches, and businesses all over Cincinnati will fill their locations with song.

“What better day to go out to the streets and make some music,” says Hayley Voorhees, Make Music Cincinnati co-founder. “The mission of Make Music Cincinnati is to support music education and musical activities by making music accessible to all people.”

How and Where to Participate:

Make Music Cincinnati is a participatory experience, open to music makers of all ages, skill levels, genres, and persuasions. Any musician—professional or amateur—can sign up to perform  

NEW this year as a venue is the Cincinnati Bell Connector, our downtown streetcar! There are opportunities to perform on the streetcar leading up to June 21. Simply fill out this form to state your interest: makemusicday.org/cincinnati/streetcarsignup/

Artists and venues can continue to sign up until June 18 by visiting makemusicday.org/cincinnati. And everyone can follow the organization’s Facebook page, @makemusiccincinnati, for up-to-date event information.

How to Help:

Founded in 2017 by Hayley and Brandon Voorhees, Make Music Cincinnati will be bigger and better in 2022 due to funding and support by Louise Dieterle Nippert of the Greenacres Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Buddy Roger’s Music, Busken Bakery, and more. Ohio Arts Council has also agreed to make a matching grant of up to $3,180 by June 21.

Music fanatics, advocates, and enthusiasts everywhere can join in the joy of Make Music Cincinnati by becoming Ambassadors, the official cheerleaders of Make Music Cincinnati. For a gift of only $30, Ambassadors will receive special graphics to help spread the word about Make Music Day and be recognized on the organization’s website and Facebook page. Make Music Cincinnati is also looking for volunteers to be event site managers.

About Make Music Cincinnati:

Make Music Cincinnati is part of Make Music Day, the global music celebration occurring in more than 1,000+ international cities throughout the United States, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, France, Italy, Nigeria, and the United Kingdom. It’s a free, citywide, outdoor day of music held annually on the summer solstice, June 21. Make Music Cincinnati turns the city into a stage, welcoming a full spectrum of performers. Make Music Cincinnati was founded in 2018 by Hayley and Brandon Voorhees. The two met while working together at Buddy Roger’s Music, a retail store in Cincinnati. Hayley participated in the University of Cincinnati Bearcat Bands while receiving bachelor’s degrees in psychology and fine arts. Brandon studied marketing at the University of Cincinnati.

Make Music Day originated in France in 1982 as Fête De La Musique, a true national holiday where the government shuts down and musicians take over the streets.