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Make Music Philly

Daylong “do it yourself” music festival across the city

Live music on the stage at World Cafe Live. Credit: World Cafe Live


June 21, 2015

Note: The information below is from 2014. Stay tuned for more information about this year’s event as it becomes available.


Celebrate the first day of summer with beautiful music during Make Music Philly, a free, daylong, “do it yourself” festival.

Part of World Music Day, amateur and professional musicians will be in the spotlight during organized and informal performances across the city from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

World Music Day, which began in 1982 with Fête de la Musique in France, came to the United States in 2006 as National Music Day, and now more than 500 cities in 110 countries around the world participate in this global celebration of the cultural impact of music.

In Philadelphia, the University of Pennsylvania’s WXPN radio station has stepped up as the lead organizer, but anyone can join in the festival.

Artists and/or venues can register their own events or use Make Music Philly’s matchmaking software, which allows artists and venues to find each other to create events. Once events are approved by the festival organizers, they will be displayed on an online map and schedule.

So far, concerts and events are scheduled at such top-notch venues as World Cafe Live, the Kimmel Center, Penn Museum, National Constitution Center, Fleisher Art Memorial, Settlement Music School and City Hall Courtyard.


Various locations around the city

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