It all started 36 years ago in France when the first Make Music Day, or Fête De La Musique, was held throughout the country in celebration of the joy of making music. From street corners to porches and parking lots to gardens, music enthusiasts of all ages and skill-levels came together to play, sing, and create music for everyone to enjoy. Today, Make Music Day is hosted every year during the summer solstice on June 21 in more than 1,000 cities in 120 countries around the world.
For the past four years, HARMAN has partnered with the Make Music Alliance and Found Sound Nation to lend its support as the official sound of Make Music Day Street Studios. Equipped with state-of-the-art microphones, speakers, recording equipment, and a variety of instruments from HARMAN, these mobile recording studios take the all the basic elements of a normal studio outside to the public. Over the course of Make Music Day, local music producers encourage passersby to pick up an instrument or sing a few verses and become part of a spontaneous and collaborative music creation session. At the end of the day, the producers combine all the various recordings to create one track that features the sounds of each city.
Last year, in addition to hosting Street Studios in nine cities around the world, several HARMAN offices held their own celebrations of music with our employees, friends, and family featuring live performances, a special “Bring Your Music Maker to Work” day, and the chance to win prizes during fun-filled games and contests.
This year, Make Music Day will feature Street Studios in multiple cities across the globe, including; Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY; Novi, MI; Stamford, CT; Washington, DC; Budapest, Hungary; Moscow, Russia; and Querétaro, Mexico.
Will you be in one of our Street Studio cities this summer? Whether you’re professionally trained or an enthusiastic amateur, we encourage you to stop by and make some music with us – no experience necessary! Professional producers will be on-hand to help you play your first chords on the guitar, record some amazing vocals, or make a catchy beat on the drums. Our Street Studios will be running all afternoon, so you can drop by any time for a unique and unforgettable experience.
You won’t want to miss out – stay tuned to our channels this month for the full details on when and where HARMAN’s Street Studios will be popping up. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and on the blog for more.