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Calling all musicians for Wilmington’s first International Make Music Day

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WILMINGTON, NC (PRESS RELEASE) —  International Make Music Day, a celebration founded in France in 1982, is coming to Wilmington for the first time.

Make Music Day is already celebrated in more than 1,000 cities in 120 different countries and is unlike a typical music festival.

Make Music Day is open to anyone who wants to take part — amateur and professional, young or old, regardless of musical persuasion.  The event is scheduled on June 21 each year to celebrate the Summer Solstice. The Make Music Day event in Wilmington will be from 6 to 9 PM on Friday, June 21.

All Make Music Day programming is free and open to the public and will take place at Plaza on Princess on the Harrelson Center campus at 4th and Princess streets, downtown.

“We are thrilled to bring International Make Music Day to Wilmington, providing an opportunity for music that is performed by anyone and is free for everyone,” CEO of the Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County Rhonda Bellamy said.

The Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County received a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council to sponsor the event.  In addition to Wilmington, the North Carolina Arts Council is supporting Make Music Day in eight counties, as well as Statesville, Raleigh and Winston-Salem.

The goal of Make Music Day is to allow music to pour onto streets, parks, plazas, and porches and provide music that is shared with friends, neighbors, and strangers. The Harrelson Center and its event venue, Plaza on Princess, provide an ideal indoor/outdoor and central downtown location to accommodate numerous musical performances, jam sessions, a “petting zoo” of musical instruments, choral groups and those who simply gather to enjoy.

The Arts Council invites musicians and vocalists of all kinds to collaborate on making June 21 a musical masterpiece. Singers, church choirs, jazz combos, rock bands, glee clubs, DJs, marching bands, mariachi bands, and every kind of musician, of any age group or skill level, are welcome.  Musicians can register their interest at wilmington.makemusicday.org/

Among the special projects organizers are hoping to host is Sousapalooza, an invitation for amateur musicians with brass, wind or percussion instruments to come together and sightread the music of John Philip Sousa.  Established in 2011 by Make Music Chicago, “Sousapalooza, 2024, looks to gather all those people who once played in a marching band, to get their instrument out of the basement, give it a good tune-up and then show up to play together at Make Music Wilmington,” said Ms. Bellamy.  Musicians should visit the website and follow the prompt to register their interest.

Other Wilmington venues that will host free music performances on Friday, June 21st, are also welcome to register their program at wilmington.makemusicday.org/.

Make Music day in Portland (Photo Courtesy: Make Music Portland)



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