For the first time, Chattanooga will participate in Make Music Day, joining hundreds of other cities worldwide.

Make Music Day, June 21, was launched in 1982 as the Fête de la Musique and is now held in 700 cities in 120 countries. The all-inclusive festival encourages everyone to join in and play music, host performances, and enjoy live music-on every street, park, rooftop and alleyway.

And it’s always free.

Make Music Chattanooga is presented by the Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau and ConcertHopper, a live music website based out of Chattanooga.


From noon to 9 p.m., everyone in Chattanooga is encouraged to make music.

Similar to Parking Day-where public parking spaces are transformed into mini-parks-Make Music Chattanooga is designed to spread music and good vibes throughout the city. Live performances will be held at multiple venues and in public places, including the Bessie Smith Cultural Center lawn, The Public Library, Carmike Majestic 12, Granfalloon and Miller Plaza.

In addition to performances, guests will also have opportunities to enjoy musical-themed programming from The Chattery, Undaground, Improv Chattanooga and more.

Organizers are still seeking performers, volunteers and outdoor public spaces.

Potential performers are required to submit a photo, description of the act and any relevant social/web links. Each of the venues will have a different sound, so acts are encouraged to “bid” on the venue that best fits their need.

All volunteers should sign uphere.

Taryn Balwinski, organizer of Make Music Chattanooga and founder of ConcertHopper, first learned about Make Music Day through a similar event in Asheville, North Carolina.

“I just thought this is a wonderful idea-the idea of having free music all day on the summer solstice,” Balwinski said. “It encourages the local music community to come out and share local talent, and encourage people to play instruments and get familiar with music. I thought Chattanooga should participate.”

Balwinksi contacted organizers with New York City’s Make Music Day to help with planning. She also contacted Mary Howard Ade, music and marketing manager for the CVB, and learned a similar idea had already been conceived.

Eventually, Balwinksi hopes to grow Make Music Day into a much larger event. Asheville’s version spans two days, and the entire city is involved in the celebration. In New York City, Make Music Day includes 1,200 concerts on the streets across the five boroughs. Watch below for a recap of Make Music Day 2014 in New York City.