MMNY 2016: Music and community from sunrise to sunset!

We could not have asked for a lovelier day for our 10th anniversary festivities, starting with dawn concerts in Central Park, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, all the way through a gorgeous sunset at the High Line, with whole blocks transformed into stages, from Greenwich Village to Atlantic Avenue.

The fun continues tonight at National Sawdust as Street Studio City producers from around NY and across the globe premier their work of making tracks with members of the public as part of Make Music 2016!

We have been hearing great things from participants as well about their experiences on Tuesday. Thanks so much for the support and keep making music!!

“Just finished my three performances, feeling a glow. Thanks for doing this!”
 -Craig S.

“Hope you enjoyed the day!  It was great here…Already heard from Lou at Brazen Head who said it went way beyond his expectations.”
– Karen Z.

“Thank you very much indeed for all you put into helping organize Make Music New York — and especially for the help and encouragement you gave me…My Classical Piano Recital was quite well attended (about 25 people, yet not more than four that I had notified personally), and seemed to be well appreciated.”
– John B.


Play at a Library on June 21st!


Musicians of New York City: there are still some wonderful venues left for concerts for June 21st. Many branches of the New York Public Library (Bronx, Staten Island, Manhattan), as well as some branches of the Queens and Brooklyn Public Libraries, are hosting performances and are still looking for performers! Since libraries are natural “congregating places,” you’ll have a built-in audience for your show. And personally I can’t imagine a nicer way to spend a summer afternoon than playing outside of the City Island library (deep-fried scallops before and after, right?)

One-time only special offer, get it while it’s hot: even if you haven’t already signed up on our website, you can still sign up to perform at any of these libraries, by sending an email to with the subject line of “Library.”

Below you will find a list of which libraries are available, and for what times:

Saratoga Library (Brooklyn Public Library) – 12 to 4:45
Spring Creek Library (Brooklyn Public Library) – 11 to 3:30
Eastern Parkway Library (Brooklyn Public Library) – 1:30 to 3, and 4 to 7
Clinton Hill Library (Brooklyn Public Library) – 12:00 to 8:00
Rugby Library (Brooklyn Public Library) – 2:00 to 5:30

Sunnyside Library – 4:00 to 5:00

NYPL 125th Street Branch – 3:00 to 4:00 and 5:00 to 6:30

NYPL Allerton Branch – 12:30 to 4:30
NYPL Baychester Branch – 2:00 to 4:00
NYPL Belmont Branch – 12:00 to 6:00
NYPL City Island Branch – 1:00 to 3:00
NYPL Eastchester Branch – 12:00 to 3:30
NYPL Edenwald Branch – 2:00 to 3:00
NYPL Grand Concourse Branch – 11:00 to 5:00
NYPL Hunts Point Branch – 2:00 to 3:00
NYPL Morris Park Branch – 12:00 to 4:00
NYPL Riverdale Branch – 3:30 to 6:30
NYPL Sedgwick Branch – 3:00 to 5:30
NYPL Westchester Square Branch – 4:00 to 6:00

Staten Island
NYPL Richmondtown Branch – 3:00 to 5:00
NYPL Tottenville Branch – 3:00 to 6:00
NYPL West New Brighton Branch – 3:00 to 7:00

Mass Appeals and more!

Mass Appeals are signature feature of Make Music NY.  They bring together large numbers of the same type of instrument in experiments of unique sonic exploration, community building, and fun!  The full roster of Mass Appeals and participatory events is below, with information on how to sign up for a few particularly special ones.


unnamed (1) Boleros is a celebration and confusion of one of the most despised and most famous pieces of 20th century music, Ravel’s “Bolero”.  The participatory aspect of Boleros on June 21st involves two performances of the piece in Maria Hernandez Park in Bushwick, one with a pick-up band of acoustic instruments, the other with a mix of electronic and acoustic instruments.  You can find full info on Boleros, organized by Brian McCorkle of Panoply Performance Laboratory, here, or you can visit the Boleros facebook page to sign up for the 12pm (acoustic instruments only) and 4pm (acoustic or amplified instruments) performances of Ravel’s Bolero.

Here by Angélica Negrón

MusicBoxesInspired by microscopic images of sand and distant childhood memories, Here is a new piece by composer Angélica Negrón written for an indeterminate number of small music boxes.  Here turns weaves together the threads of different music box tunes to create a haunting, uncanny sound mass. Players are welcome to bring their own music box or may use one of the boxes which will be generously supplied by Kikkerland. New techniques for playing with the sound of the music box will be introduced over the course of the performance, which is open to musicians and non-musicians alike. The event takes place in Transmitter Park in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, from 6:30-8pm on June 21st. Sign up to take part in Here today!

Circle Singing Workshop with Anaïs Maviel

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Everybody sings! Every heart beats. Blending voices & rhythms has been an important platform to relate in many societies. The art of listening to our genuine voice, and to share it with others, is both a musical and communal activity.  Vocalist/percussionist Anaïs Maviel invites you to join her in Sakura Park in northern Manhattan from 5-7pm on June 21st in a celebration of all voices. Participants will explore a wide repertoire of traditional songs and chants from various cultures and will learn about the body as a music instrument: voice & percussion. All levels and ages are welcome!  Sign up to participate today!

Other Mass Appeals:

  • Accordion – Carroll Park, 6pm
  • Bagpipes – Court Square Park, 12pm
  • Cymbals – Madison Square Park, 3:30pm
  • Double Reeds (bassoons & oboes) – Bleecker Park, 6pm
  • French Horns – 601 Lexington Ave, 6pm
  • Guitars – Union Square, 5pm
  • Harmonicas – Central Park Ladies Pavilion, 5:30pm
  • Mandolins – Theodore Roosevelt Park, 7pm
  • Modular Synthesizers – CultureHub, 5pm
  • Music Boxes – WNYC Transmitter Park, 6:30pm
  • Percussion – DUMBO Archway, 8:30pm
  • Pianos – Cornelia Street Café, 1pm
  • Recorders – Straus Park, 7pm
  • Stones – Prospect Park, 11am
  • Ukulele – Central Park Pond Lawn, 5pm
  • Voice: Circle Singing – Sakura Park, 5pm
  • Voice: Sacred Harp Sing – Calvary Church Gramercy, 8pm
  • Voice: The Gauntlet – The High Line, 8:15pm

Other Participatory Projects:

  • Boleros – Maria Hernandez Park, 12pm
  • Eye of the Tiger – Staten Island Yankees Stadium, 7pm
  • Free Guitar Lessons – Times Square, 1pm
  • Make(r) Music New York – Brooklyn Public Library Main Branch, 4pm
  • Sousapalooza – Bryant Park, 5:30pm
  • Street Studios – various locations

If you’ve got questions on these events or want to participate, contact Dave at

MMNY’s 2nd Annual Sousapalooza



For the secjackiesond straight year, Make Music NY is proud to present Sousapalooza, a massive, brassy tribute to the March King in Bryant Park. We’ll be running through all the best-loved marches and fanfares by Philip Sousa and his contemporaries. Once again this year, you can join in the fun! MMNY is not alone in this celebration, joining our sister organizations Make Music ChicagoMake Music Cleveland, and Make Music Twin Cities in throwing Sousapalooza fêtes on June 21st.sousa_jeffwball Conductor Jeff W. Ball of the Brooklyn Wind Symphony will return to lead the ensemble, and we welcome new players to take part along side returning players.

Whether you are a professional or amateur, an individual or a band director, a student or a teacher with your own private studio, we invite you and your colleagues to join us. Once you register, we will contact you to assign parts and confirm all details. (It goes without saying that, just like all Make Music events, there is no charge to participate.)


Repertoire (click each title to find your part)
El Capitan
Fairest of the Fair
Hands Across the Sea
Liberty Bell March
Rolling Thunder
Semper Fidelis
Stars & Stripes Forever
The Thunderer
Washington Post March

Sign up below today to participate!

(Questions? Email Dave Ruder at

Sousapalooza 2016
Tuesday, June 21st, 2016
Bryant Park Upper Terrace (
between 40th & 42nd St, due west of the NYPL Main Branch)

performers arrive and set up
5:30-6:30pm Sousapalooza Performance

Sign up here!

Play world music? Get your MMNY performance in a globalFEST guide!


This year, our friends at globalFEST will be putting together their own “Guide to MMNY” to feature some great world music throughout the city on June 21st. Over the last decade, globalFEST has become one of the leading global music platforms in North America, growing from an acclaimed one-night festival into a full-service non-profit music organization.

This can be a great opportunity to have your Make Music performance included in more promotional materials and to get that much more exposure. If you play any type of music that originates outside of the US, register to perform here, and email to submit your performance for selection!

Claim your park for MMNY 2016!

Always wanted to host a concert in a park for Make Music New York? This is your chance!

Our permits for parks have been approved for Make Music New York this year — and we want YOU to have one! What does this mean? It means that you get to program music in that park for June 21 (including your own ensemble, friends, or musicians you choose from our matchmaking website), and in return, you agree to be present in the park for the entire length of the concert. It’s easy and it’s free.

A few rules to know when planning a park concert: 

  • No more than four hours of amplified sound will be allowed per location per day.
  • Vending is not allowed.
  • Stages and commercial (sponsorship) signage are not allowed.
  • It is not legal to drive vehicles onto park property.
  • MMNY cannot arrange for access to electricity in New York City Parks. Be prepared to perform “unplugged” or to bring your own power source.

Please note that MMNY does not provide production for concerts on June 21. Otherwise, enjoy this unique opportunity to use the space, free of charge. What you do with it is up to you!

Choose your dream park from the full list below and email with your choice. We’ll confirm if it’s still available, and if so, give you instructions for next steps. Parks will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. And remember, registration ends April 29th – all concert arrangements must be finalized by this date.

Parks available for MMNY 2016:

* Parks that are crossed out have already been claimed and are not available


In Manhattan

In Brooklyn 

In Queens

In the Bronx

On Staten Island

Don’t see the park you want? Email and we’ll try to figure something out!

“Making Music” on WBAI


Starting Friday, March 11th, MMNY teams up with WBAI on a new radio program exploring the public and hidden lives of music makers and presenters through intimate conversation, choice musical selection and informative regular segments with Make Music New York staff and partners.

Visit the show page and stay tuned for show updates and all of the exciting developments in this new partnership! Hosted by musician & Make Music New York Deputy Director Jordan McLean. Upcoming guests include Brian Chase and Sxip Shirey!

Get Ready for Porch Stomp 2016!

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C’mon out to Governors Island on Saturday, June 18th for an afternoon of hootin’ and hollerin’!

Porch Stomp celebrates the beginning of summer in New York City with an afternoon of folk, Americana, bluegrass and roots music on Governors Island. Musicians of all ages, both amateur and professional, enliven the porches of Nolan Park, while audience members stroll through grassy walkways, enjoying beautiful weather and sweet sounds echoing from every corner. Porch Stomp aims to bring together all of the diverse folk communities in New York City.

The festival also offers all-inclusive jams and educational opportunities for folks learning to play music. Got an instrument? Bring your banjo/ fiddle/ bass/guitar/ uke/ washboard/ cowbell and join the fun!

We are happy to already be able to include Brooklyn Bluegrass CollectiveThe City StompersBrookladelphiaCowgirl Seahorse, and several other musical communities among our partners for Porch Stomp 2016. Want to get involved? Email

Porch Stomp is already starting to fundraise in order to cover operations costs and make this year more fabulous than ever. We will host a fundraising event at The Haylaught (founder Nick Horner’s loft apartment) on Tuesday, March 8th. It will feature food, booze, and a sweet musical serenade from some of our very favorite folk musicians and Porch Stomp alumni, including  TanbarkBarry Lee Komitor, and Toni and Jeri. Everything is “suggested donation,” and the evening is bound to default into a fun jam session, so be sure to bring your instruments. See the Facebook Event for details!

Donate to Porch Stomp 2016

If you would like to donate today to Porch Stomp 2016, click the button above to give via PayPal. Make Music New York Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization, and all donations are tax-deductible.

Throw a Block Party for MMNY 2016!

Each year for Make Music New York, dozens of community groups have put together musical block parties, bringing their neighbors together for Cuban jazz, electronic Gameboy music, indie rock, steel pans, hip hop, and string orchestras in streets across the city.

This year, why not your block?

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Warper Party / Silent Barn block party in Bushwick

To help you throw a party on your street, we’ve put together a helpful handbook. Download it here:

Make Music New York Block Party Handbook [pdf]

Block party applications are due by March 21st to be considered for an event in June. If you’re interested in having a block party, read the handbook and contact to get started.

Make Music New York welcomes our new Fellows

We are very happy and fortunate to have two such smart and motivated Fellows on board for Make Music New York 2016.

Thanks for joining us Gabrielle and Stephanie!