This Summer The World Joins Together To "Make Music"



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This Summer The World Joins Together To "Make Music"

NEW YORK, April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The world's

largest annual music event, unified as the Make Music Day celebration

(www.makemusicday.org), will be held on the summer solstice-June 21st.

This international event began in France as Fête de la Musique, and

now takes place in 800 cities across 110 countries. This year the

number of participating cities in the U.S. will double to nearly 20,

including the additions of major markets such as Austin, Nashville and

Boston. Celebrations of music will also be taking place in New York,

Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia. A full list of all

participating cities can be found at www.makemusicday.org.

What started in France more than 30 years ago has become a global

phenomenon with millions of musicians of all styles and skill levels

coming out each year to perform for the public. This year's daylong

musical free-for-all is the largest to date as it continues the mass

celebration of music in all its forms-encouraging absolutely everyone

to join together and play.

This year NAMM's Mass Appeal, a series of events supported by the

National Association of Music Merchants and its members, provides

people across the country with the opportunity to make music. This

includes people who have never touched an instrument playing and

learning alongside experienced musicians. Among this year's

all-inclusive events are multi-person harmonica and ukulele circles,

free guitar lessons, an ensemble of 100 saxophones, traveling

sing-alongs and drum-offs. These are a few of the thousands of events

in the U.S. and the hundreds of thousands worldwide all taking place

in unison on the longest day of the year.

On June 21, from morning to night, people of all ages, creeds, and

musical persuasions - from hip hop to opera, Latin jazz to punk rock -

perform on streets, sidewalks, stoops, plazas, parks and stores. From

high school bands to marquee names, this celebration is open to

absolutely anyone who wants to participate.

A few of the music making events that took place at Make Music Day in

2013:

400+ Guitarist Play Together In New York's Union Square On To

Celebrate Make Music Day

175 Keyboards Play Together Breaking Guinness World Record On National

Music Day

GAMA Presents Free Guitar Lessons For All On New York Streets During

Make Music Day

Privia Piano Bar Travels Through New York Bringing Karaoke To The

People

People Learn To Play Harmonica On Make Music Day

Additional information on the events can me found at

www.makemusicday.org. Event special guests and spokespeople will be

announced in early June.

Media Contacts Jules Feiler The Pitching Staff 212-585-0973

About Make Music Day Held on June 21st, Make Music is part of the

international Fête de la Musique, taking place in 800 cities across

110 countries. The daylong musical free-for-all celebrates music in

all its forms, encouraging people to band together and play in free

public concerts. This year, twenty US cities are organizing Make Music

celebrations, encompassing thousands of concerts nationwide. For more

information, please visit makemusicday.org.

About NAMM The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) is the

not-for-profit association with a mission to strengthen the $17

billion music products industry and promote the pleasures and benefits

of making music. NAMM's activities and programs are designed to

promote music making to people of all ages. NAMM is comprised of

approximately 9,000 Member companies located in more than 92

countries. For more information about NAMM or the proven benefits of

making music, interested parties can visit www.namm.org, call

800.767.NAMM (6266) or follow the organization on Facebook, Twitter

and YouTube.

SOURCE National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM)

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