Make Music Day International Collaborations 2022

Eamon Dilworth’s Crawfish Po’Boys performing at the Live Music Night Rhodes (City of Canada Bay) as part of Make Music Day 2021.

Held annually on 21 June, Make Music Day is a global celebration of music making across more than 1000 cities around the world.

Create NSW and The Australian Music Association are in their fifth year of partnership in 2022, which also marks the 40th Anniversary of Make Music Day worldwide.

Originating in France in 1982, Make Music Day is a daylong, musical free-for-all event that celebrates music in all its forms, encouraging people to band together and play in free public concerts in many different locations and online.  Performances can take place anywhere from street corners, parks, rooftops, gardens, and shop fronts. Make Music Day encourages both amateur and professional music making and empowers individuals to seek out ways to celebrate music in their community.

Create NSW continues to partner with the Australian Music Association and Live Music Office to build support for Make Music Day. In 2021, Create NSW partnered with Australian Music Association and Live Music Office to build support for Make Music Day and collaborating with Transport NSW, Education and Training, Arts Unit, Correction Services, Women in NSW, and Communities and Justice. Whilst also working with Music NSW, APRA AMCOS, Sydney Olympic Park, TAFE NSW, Western Sydney University, Local Government NSW, Art Gallery of NSW, Australian Institute of Music, amongst others, bringing Make Music Day to life.

In addition to local activations NSW musicians have an exciting opportunity to collaborate with international musicians from around the world! The global Make Music Alliance have organised the following programs for participation:

Young Composers Contest
The Make Music Alliance is thrilled to announce the third annual Young Composers Contest, in partnership with world-renowned vocal group The Swingles.

Composers aged 13 to 21 are invited to set the text of the poem “A Jelly-Fish” by Marianne Moore to music for The Swingles. A panel of distinguished judges will select a winning composition, which will be recorded by The Swingles and released on June 21 for Make Music Day.

Registrations closes 22 May 2022.

Submit your composition via https://www.makemusicday.org/national-projects/young-composers-contest/

My Song is your Song
This Make Music Day, artists around the world are invited to the third annual global song swap! Learn a song by another artist and hear yours covered in return. Songwriters, composers, and bands of all styles and walks of life are invited to participate. Registration closes 20 May 2022, and in early June participating artists will be paired together. They have two weeks to learn their partner’s song and make it their own before sharing their videos on June 21st!

Submit your registration at https://www.makemusicday.org/national-projects/mysongisyoursong/

Global Folk Challenge
Make Music Day takes place in 125 countries across the globe. Each of these countries has its own unique folk music tradition which will be shared and celebrated on Make Music Day. Participating musicians or groups are invited to share a folk song from their country, and in exchange, learn and perform a different folk song by another artist.

Sign up for this global challenge by 23 May 2022 at https://makemusicday.co.uk/global-folk-challenge/

Faire La Fête
To honour Fete de la Musique’s 40th anniversary in 2022, the Make Music Alliance is organizing a series called Faire La Fête with 40 concerts in 40 countries on June 21, each featuring the music of French songwriters and composers, and bringing attention to the event’s origins and rapid international growth.

Find out more on how you can participate at https://makemusicaustralia.org.au/2022/04/20/make-music-day-international-collaboration-opportunities/

Join Make Music Day by registering your event on the Make Music Day website at www.makemusicaustralia.org.au

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Published: 5 May 2022