Make Music


Free concerts, lessons available as part of Make Music Nashville

WSMV-TV by Rebecca Cardenas (2019)

More than 150 artists will spread out across the city as part of Make Music Nashville.

The event will take place at more than 38 venues, including restaurants, breweries, the Zoo and the airport.

This year, the event is expanding down to Murfreesboro and Franklin as well.

As part of the festivities, you can enjoy performances for free or you can even be a part of them. [read more]


Make Music Nashville Hosts 100+ Free Concerts Today

Williamson Source by Donna Vissman, 6/21/18

Make Music Nashville is today, Thursday, June 21. This year, Make Music Nashville hosts over 100 free performances at 38 venues and parks throughout the cities of Nashville, Franklin, and Murfreesboro. Mayor Briley recently proclaimed June 21st Make Music Day in recognition of the organization and its flagship festival.

Make Music Nashville will donate more than 1,300 instruments and more than 1,000 music lessons throughout the day, all free to the public. Featured artists set to participate in this year’s festival include Chris Scruggs, Fats Kaplin, Aaron Hoke Doenges’s Wade [For River and People], and many more. Below are the two locations in Franklin and two other highlighted shows. See the complete schedule here. [read more]


Critics Pick: Make Music Nashville

Nashville Scene by Amanda Haggard, 6/21/18

On any given day in Nashville, there are plenty of musical events going on. But how many days can you take your pick from more than 100 shows and workshops and not have to pay a dime to attend any of them? Make Music Nashville, a daylong nonprofit festival, will provide just such an opportunity at 30 venues all over town. (Mayor David Briley proclaimed June 21 as Make Music Day in advance of the events.) You can choose from performances by singer-songwriter Abigail Flowers or hip-hop artist Kadmon Love, take lessons in harmonica, check out the BNA Spoon Jam (which will explore the history and musical technique of the spoons, a folk instrument developed by people with limited resources) or a drum circle. Organizers also plan to donate 1,000 instruments to various community groups that day. Visit for a full list of events. [read more]

Mayor Briley Proclaims June 21 Make Music Day in Nashville

Music Row Magazine by Lorie Hollabaugh, 6/15/18

Mayor David Briley has proclaimed June 21 Make Music Day in Nashville, and the city’s largest DIY music festival, and its flagship event have been recognized by Metro Nashville Government in a proclamation released this week. Featured artists set to participate in this year’s festival include Chris Scruggs, Fats Kaplin, Aaron Hoke Doenges’s Wade [For River and People], and many more.

This year’s Make Music Nashville schedule features over 130 artists performing in 35 venues across Middle Tennessee. The organization will also donate more than 1,200 instruments and more than 1,500 music lessons to festival patrons, all free and open to the public. [read more]



Make Music Nashville 2018 – Events Throughout the City

Nashville Arts Magazine by Tyler Reina, 5/1/18

On June 21st, Nashville will once again be joining cities around the world in an annual celebration of music known as Make Music Day: a public, all-inclusive day of free music lessons, jam sessions, concerts, and everything in between.

Make Music Nashville (MMN) is a day for Nashvillians at any level of musical know-how, from absolute beginner to bona fide expert, to participate in the joys of music making. Events are held in different locations throughout the city and are completely free. Instruments will be provided. [read more]



Belmont students turn The Heritage seniors’ life stories into songs

Franklin Home Page by Landon Woodroof, 6/22/17

The place is Central London, near the beginning of World War II.

A six-year old girl living with her family is sent to live in the countryside to escape Germany’s sustained bombing attacks on the city. The girl, afraid and unable to understand why she was sent away, develops severe speech problems that keep her silent much of the time. She goes back to London where her best friend is killed in a bombing raid. Several years later she meets an American soldier. The two marry, move to the United States and have six kids together.

Belmont University students heard this story and many more Wednesday morning at the Heritage at Brentwood, a local senior living community. These students are a part of a commercial songwriting class. They had come to The Heritage as part of Make Music Day, an annual international celebration of all things musical. [read more]

Previous Coverage

WTVF-TV (Jesse Knutson, 6/21/17): Nashville Celebrates Make Music Day

WSMV-TV (Terry Bulger, 6/19/17): Nonprofit wants more music in Nashville

WTVF-TV (Erin Ziegler, 6/2/17): Community Invited to Play Piano in Park

Nashville Arts (Peter Chawaga, 6/1/17): Make Music Nashville Invites Public to Play

WTFV-TV (Tuwanda Coleman, 3/13/17): The Plus Side of Nashville: Make Music Nashville

Music City Roots (Craig Havighurst, 6/20/17): Make Music Day

The Tennessean (Mary Hance, 6/16/17): 11 free Nashville-area festivals offer summer fun

WCYB-TV (Kevin Castle, 6/15/17): Nashville’s Parthenon going orange for Make Music Day

WMOT (Mike Osborne, 6/14/17): Set your inner musician free during Make Music Nashville

Green Hills News (David Smith, 6/14/17): Street pianos add to the scene in parts of Nashville

WTVF-TV (Jesse Knutson, 6/21/16): The Music City Celebrates Make Music Day

WSMV-TV (Hayley Mason, 6/21/16): Make Music Nashville aims to inspire next generation of musicians

365 Days of Music City (Patrick Lamb, 6/16/16): #49: Make Music Nashville

Belmont University (Staff, 6/15/16): Alumni Strike Positive Chord with ‘Make Music Nashville’ Festival

Nashville Arts (Rebecca Pierce, 6/1/16): Third Annual Make Music Nashville Festival – Various Locations | June 21

Nashville Arts (Rebecca Pierce, 3/01/16): Call to Musicians – Make Music Nashville returns for 2016

Nashville Arts (Rebecca Pierce, 6/01/15): 2nd Annual Make Music Nashville Festival – June 21

Nashville Scene (John Pitcher, 5/20/15): Make Music Nashville Presents John Luther Adams’ Inuksuit at Cumberland Park

The Tennessean (Nate Rau, 6/19/14): Music celebration brings free concerts to Nashville venues