Strang and Twang at the Porch Stomp

This year, MMNY is taking over  Governor’s Island for PORCH STOMP, a celebration of American Music featuring artists from the bluegrass, old-time, folk and roots communities across New York.

The porches of five historic houses along Nolan Park will be turned into day-long stages, curated by The NYC Sacred Harp Singers, The Brooklyn Folk Festival, The Jalopy Theater and more. The day will culminate in a all-out jam!

We’re looking for a few more folks to play Porch Stomp! Interested? Email nick@makemusicny.org for more details.

Important Info for Venues: Finalizing MMNY Plans

The deadline to finalize your MMNY 2014 plans is April 29th. That’s less than two weeks away!

Why so soon, you might ask, when the festival isn’t until June? Well, we need to submit the final schedule to the City for approval in the beginning of May, and compile listings for our media partners to help promote your concert. That means you have two weeks to finalize concert plans!

Read on for instructions for how to finalize your MMNY 2014 plans.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR VENUES

Three easy steps to finalizing your MMNY concert plans:

1. Request Performers.

The first step is to request performers for your location. To do this, click on “Find a Match,” located at the top right of your browser. This will bring up some 700+ artists who want to play for MMNY.

Scroll through the performers and find the ones that match your interests and venue needs. Think about genres you’d like, and what you can offer performers. (If artists can bring their own equipment, they will have a made a note about it.)

Request performances for specific set times, and be careful not to overbook artists, or book them too closely together (each act will need some time to set up and break down!)

It’s always a good idea to send the performer a message, too, and talk specifics. If an artist is interested in playing at your location, they will reply to your request.

2. Or, create your own artist! (Recommended!)

Make Music New York is open to any musician, in any genre. Really.

If you already know who you want to have play at your location on June 21, that’s great! Invite them to sign up on the website. Or, if you get their permission, you can create an artist profile for them under your own user account. To do so, click on the orange button on the top right of your browser, and navigate to “Manage Profiles.” Here you can create a artist profile for the performer, and than match it to your location. We’ll get in touch if we have any questions.

3. Confirm performances.

This is the last step! Once you’ve talked to the artists playing at your spot, you can confirm their set time. All pending performances will be listed on your dashboard.

Make sure that your artist confirms, too!

Once both you and the artist confirm a specific set time, MMNY staff will check that the event does not conflict with any other performances in the area, and will confirm on the Admin side. If you and the artist have confirmed the time and details, then you are all set, even if it says “Pending Admin.” We will take care of the rest. It might take a few days, but we are on it.

If you have any questions, check out our FAQ, complete with handy tutorial videos.

Important Info for Musicians: Finalizing MMNY Plans

The deadline to finalize your MMNY 2014 plans is April 29th. That’s less than two weeks away!

Why so soon, you might ask, when the festival isn’t until June? Well, we need to submit the final schedule to the City for approval in the beginning of May, and compile listings for our media partners to help promote your concert. That means you have two weeks to finalize concert plans!

Read on for instructions for how to finalize your MMNY 2014 plans.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR MUSICIANS

Three easy steps to finalizing your MMNY concert plans:

1. Apply to locations.

The first step is to apply for a place to perform. To do so, click on “Find a Match”, located at the top right of your browser. This will bring up some 300+ locations available for MMNY, including more than 50 libraries that have just signed up.

Scroll through the venues and find one that matches your interests and performance needs. Many sidewalk locations have electricity; most parks do not. Venues that are looking for particular kinds of music list their preferences. In most cases, artists bring their own instruments and amps, but sometimes a venue will provide them. (If they can, they will have a made a note about it.)

Next, request performances at your chosen locations. We suggest applying to 4 or 5 locations, but be strategic about your requests, and ask for specific set times. Requests that span several hours are confusing to locations and often result in nothing.

It’s always a good idea to send the venue a message, and talk specifics. For example, if you’re free to play at other times, or can share equipment with other acts, you can tell them in your message. If a venue is interested in having you, they will reply to your request.

2. Or, create your own location! (Recommended!)

Make Music New York is open to any musician, in any neighborhood. Really.

We can get you permits to play on almost any sidewalk in the five boroughs. Since New York City has 12,000 miles of sidewalks, there’s plenty of room for everyone.

If you’re having trouble finding the perfect spot for your music on our website, create your own. Acoustic musicians (i.e. those without electricity) can perform almost anywhere. If you need a place to plug in, you can perform in front of your NYC apartment and drop an extension cord out the window. Ask your friend’s store to give you electricity to play outside. Pick up the phone and call places you’ve already performed — a restaurant, church, senior center or concert hall — and ask if you can set up on the sidewalk with an extension cord out the door. If it’s OK with them, it’s OK with us.

Once you’ve lined this up — and again, you must do this before April 29 — sign in to the website, click on the orange button on the top right of your browser, and navigate to “manage profiles.” Here you can create a location profile for the venue, and than match it to your artist profile. We’ll get in touch if we have any questions

(Please note that this process won’t work to apply for parks, or for locations already listed on our website.)

3. Confirm performances.

This is the last step! Once you’ve talked to the venues you are interested in, you can confirm your set time. All pending performances will be listed on your dashboard.

Make sure that your venue confirms, too.

Once this is set, MMNY staff will check that the event does not conflict with any other performances in the area, and will confirm on the Admin side. If you and the venue have confirmed the time and details, then you are all set, even if it says “Pending Admin.” We will take care of the rest. It might take a few days, but we are on it.

You, Henry Brant, and 50 fellow flutists

Mass Appeal Flutes, MMNY 2011: Photo by Darial Sneed

Mass Appeal Flutes, MMNY 2011: Photo by Darial Sneed

… or more than 50!

Flutists of all ages, levels, and backgrounds are invited to join MMNY’s Flute Mass Appeal featuring Henry Brant’s Mass in Gregorian Chant for Multiple Flutes (“Mass for June 16″).

Presented by Americas Society, this event will bring together flute players from all over NYC and beyond for two full performances of Henry Brant’s masterwork, in Central Park, on the 30th anniversary of the piece’s premiere. The Mass is scored for as many flutists as possible, with approximately a fifth doubling on piccolo, all playing material provided in the Graduale Romanum for masses sung on June 16.

Born in Montreal 101 years ago, Henry Brant was a leading modern proponent of music for spatially distributed forces; he was keenly interested in Gregorian chant, and the frequently antiphonal nature of its performance in the acoustically resonant cathedrals of Europe spurred his own interest in spatial components.

These MMNY performances will take place in Central Park’s resonant Dalehead Arch (64th St. and West Drive), at 5 and 6 PM on Saturday, June 21st.

Flutists are required to attend at least two evening rehearsals on June 9, 11, 14, and 17 at 7 PM (location TBD) and the Dress Rehearsal on June 19th at 7 PM in Central Park.

A recording by the New York Flute Club is available (on Spotify) here.

Sign up below, and join us on June 21st!

Available Now: Limited Edition 2014 Poster

For a limited time only, you can take home a beautiful, screenprinted copy of MMNY’s 2014 poster, designed by noted illustrator Josh Gosfield. The 11×17 prints will be signed and numbered by the artist himself!

Yours today for a donation of $30!
MMNY 2014 Poster (Designer: Josh Gosfield)

2014 (Designer: Josh Gosfield)

Posters will be mailed in May. Questions? Email clara@makemusicny.org

Calling All Saxophonists!

2014 is the 200th Birthday of Adolphe Sax, inventor of the saxophone!

In honor of the occasion, MMNY is presenting Salvatore Sciarrino’s La Bocca, i piedi, il suono, an enchanting piece for 100+ saxophonists, at Columbia University’s historic Low Memorial Library on June 21st.

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If you play saxophone, in any style and at any level, come join the celebration!

The music is easy, and the effect will be magical. Email amy@makemusicny.org to sign up.

 

Come Play in Berlioz’s Symphony for Band in Bryant Park!

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Ever dream of performing with hundreds of other wind band players, in the heart of midtown Manhattan? Here’s your big chance.

On June 21st, Make Music New York is excited to present Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie Funèbre et Triomphale – declared “one of the great ceremonial pieces of all time” by critic Virgil Thomson – in New York’s Bryant Park.

And we want you to join the band!

Led by conductor Jeff W. Ball of the Brooklyn Wind Symphony, the performance will unite individual wind players and full ensembles from across the region, in a massive wind band experience unlike any other.

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.)

Just sign up below!

(Questions? Email Amy Garapic at amy@makemusicny.org.)

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Berlioz Symphony Schedule for Saturday, June 21st, 2014

9:30am Musicians arrive at Bryant Park (meet at Sixth Avenue and 41st St)
9:45am-11:15am  Rehearsal in the park (note that all performers are responsible for practicing their parts ahead of time as our rehearsal time on the day of the concert is very limited)
11:30am-1:45pm Break (instruments and cases may remain in the park and will be supervised while performers have lunch)
1:45pm Musicians gather at Bryant Park
2:00pm Warm up, tune, hit spots
3:00pm Performance 1
4:30pm Performance 2
5:30pm Musicians leave Bryant Park

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49 Parks Available for MMNY 2014

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

49 park permits have been approved for Make Music New York this year — and we want YOU to program one! What does this mean? It means that you get to program music in that park for June 21 (including your own ensemble, friends, and other musicians that sign up on our website), and in return, you agree to be present in the park for the entire length of the concert. It’s free and easy, just like all the MMNY concerts! A few rules know when planning a park concert: 

  • Up to 4 hours only of amplified sound only will be allowed per location per day.
  • Vending is 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.

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 parks@makemusicny.org 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 serve basis. And remember, registration ends April 29th – this means all concert arrangements will need to be finalized by this date.


Parks available for MMNY2014:

In Manhattan (all concerts must end by 8pm unless otherwise indicated)

In Brooklyn (all concerts must end by 8pm unless otherwise indicated)

In Queens

In the Bronx

On Staten Island

Don’t see the  park you want? Email parks@makemusicny.org and we’ll try to figure something out!

New Poster for MMNY 2014!

Have you noticed that the Make Music New York website has a snazzy new look?

Introducing the 2014 Make Music New York poster, designed by illustrator Josh Gosfield, longtime art director of New York Magazine and author of “The Art of Doing”.

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Josh Gosfield has won numerous awards for the illustrations and photographs he has produced for clients including The New Yorker, Time, Newsweek, Esquire, Levi’s, Miramax, Sony and many others. But — it was Gosfield’s artwork for the Waterfront Blues Festival that caught MMNY President Aaron Friedman’s eye. “Josh’s design for the Waterfront Blues Festival looks like it was hand-painted on the side of a derelict building,” said Aaron. “He captures this outdoor, homemade look so well, and since MMNY concerts fit the same mold, I knew he’d be able to capture the spirit of our celebration too.” The rest, as they say, is history.

This year’s poster artwork contains classic elements of Make Music New York, including Punk Island, Rhythm on Rikers, and some of our infamous Mass Appeal events. Take a look and then head over to our registration site to sign up for MMNY 2014 for your chance to be immortalized on next year’s poster!

 

Registration for MMNY 2014 is open!

Matchmaking FAQ

Registration is now open for the eighth annual Make Music New York, returning this year on Saturday, June 21, 2014!

If you’re a musician looking for a place to play – or if you have a garden, restaurant, sidewalk, or other outdoor space and want musicians – you can sign up and find the perfect match for your Make Music New York concert.

It’s easy and it’s free.

Click here to sign up!

If you already have a fully organized event (with both artist and venue ready to go!), register as a venue, then select “Add A Performing Artist”.

For the first time, returning MMNY participants will be able to renew their accounts. If you missed the renewal email, or have any other questions, let us know at help@makemusicny.org.