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Wednesday 16 June 2021

World's Largest Grassroots Music Movement: Share Your Sounds & Celebrate Make Music Day

Midsummer Day, 21st June, sees the return of Make Music Day; a worldwide celebration of music in person, online and beyond. 

Brighton & Hove Music & Arts (BHMA) and East Sussex Music (ESM) will be celebrating in style with an all-day virtual event that everyone can be a part of.

Giving music-makers a platform to showcase their work, BHMA and ESM are inviting everyone, from beginner to expert, to submit videos of their own performances, which will be shared on social media throughout the day, as well as showcasing videos from their talented teachers, learners and more. 

On top of this, there will be competitions and giveaways, live streams with free teachings and performances, messages from special guests and awards for the best performers, all to be announced soon.

To submit your videos, visit bit.ly/MusicDayForm and to stay up to date with announcements, join the official Facebook event page at bit.ly/MusicDayEventFB.

Make Music Day began in France as Fête de la Musique in 1982 when the Ministry of Culture imagined a great popular event that would allow all musicians to express themselves and make themselves known. 

This worldwide phenomenon first came to the UK in 2012 and the number of gigs taking place has been growing year on year.


2017 was the first UK-wide coordinated event with support and funding from national organisations resulting in 147 performances. 

In 2020, there were 1,739 performances live and online and it's still growing. 

This is an opportunity to get involved in the world's largest grassroots music movement – it's a wonderful way to celebrate the longest day of the year.

Maurice Fleuret (1932-1990) - Director of Music & Dance, French Ministry of Culture said:

"We needed an event that would allow us to measure what place music occupied in individual and collective life. 

"A spectacular movement of awareness, a spontaneous impetus to alert public opinion and perhaps also … the political class. 

"This is why the Ministry of Culture had the idea of ​​organizing a Fête de la Musique in 1982. 

"A non-directive celebration, which brings together all […] people for whom music matters."

To find out more information on opportunities to learn music in Brighton and East Sussex visit bhma.org.uk, or eastsussexmusic.org. To learn more about the wider Make Music Day journey visit makemusicday.co.uk.

by: Mike Cobley




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