City hall press release
Mayor Sylvester Turner announces the return of Make Music Day to Houston
April 12, 2022 — Mayor Sylvester Turner encourages Houstonians of all musical levels to participate this year Celebrate music (MMD) in Houston. The one-day participatory celebration will take place on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, the summer solstice and the longest day of the year.
More than 90 cities across the country took part in last year’s celebration, further demonstrating the power of music to unite and uplift people, spread joy and build community. The celebration reflects each city and features national programs, free shows, neighborhood serenades, music lessons in patios and parks, jam sessions and music everywhere.
“The City of Houston is proud to once again be part of the international list for Music Day,” said Mayor Turner. “Last year, we launched the celebration in partnership with the Consulate General of France in Houston alongside Houston icon Bun B and French rapper James the Prophet. I again invite all Houstonians, of all musical abilities, to join us and bring music to our neighborhoods, offices and communities on this day of celebrating music.
MMD started in France in 1982 as a Music Festival and has spread to over 1,000 cities in 120 countries. Houston is once again partnering with the Consulate General of France in Houston and will encourage more than half of the countries represented by the Houston consular corps to participate in this global event.
The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (MOCA) continues to seek new ways to support Houston’s music industry. MOCA is also grateful to partner with the Professional Musicians Association of Houston (the local chapter of the American Federation of Musicians) which funds its members for this global event.
“Over the past two years, our artistic community, including musicians, has continued to bring joy and provided a way to reconnect through creativity, despite all adversity,” said Gracie Chavez, the first responsible for music and cultural tourism for the city of Houston. . “We are delighted to share this magical experience in our neighborhoods. Music is not only the universal language, but also so vital to healing one another.
“Local 65-699 is thrilled to once again partner with the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, the Music Performance Trust Fund and Make Music Alliance for Make Music Day around the world,” said Alex Navarro, President of the Houston Professional Musicians’ Association. “The last two years have been difficult. And sadly, the arts has been an industry that has suffered greatly, but this musical celebration provides a vehicle for our Houston musicians to perform again and an opportunity for Houstonians to continue supporting the arts and their local musicians. We’re rolling up our sleeves with these other great organizations and our Mayor’s Office to make music in Houston!
We encourage you to join Mayor Turner, our Consular Corps, Cultural Districts (Arts District Houston, East End Cultural District, Fifth Ward Cultural District, Houston Museum District, Midtown Cultural Arts & Entertainment District, Theater District Houston, Third Ward Cultural District ) and many more for Make Music Houston.
Make Music Houston’s lineup currently includes:
- Ceremony at the town hall –– To launch Make Music Day in Houston, a series of performances including Bayou City Funk are scheduled on the steps of City Hall after a few words from Mayor Turner and Consul General of France in Houston Valérie Baraban.
- French Consulate –– The Consulate General of France in Houston will launch a concert of symphonic music of soundtracks of popular French films in a concert hall to be announced. The consulate is spearheading programming that will inspire and encourage musical creation among other local consulates.
- Cultural quarters — Houston’s seven designated cultural arts districts will participate in activating facilities and community spaces with live music and musician collaborations.
- The iconic Midtown Cultural Arts District sign located at Bagby Park (415 Gray Street) will be wrapped in a design by a local Houston artist to honor and celebrate our June 19 National Day. On June 21, musicians must perform in front of the sign. The backdrop serves as a reminder of our country’s history as we conclude a celebration of Texas’ deep cultural heritage.
- Arts District Houston will host Nameless Sound, a 17-person improv orchestra with an original improvisational score, specially adapted for the SITE Gallery (2101 Winter Street, under the rice silos at Sawyer Yards). Attendees are invited to walk through the silos to hear the sounds of different instruments throughout the space from 6 to 8 p.m. that evening.
- mass appeal – People of all ages and skill levels will join online and in-person settings to make music in large, single-instrument bands.
Registration opens on tuesday april 12 for local musicians and venues. The website provides a platform for places and places to match with Make Music Houston musicians. Create a profile to start matchmaking and calendar events! To add an event or register to play, please visit MakeMusicDay.org/Houston.
On June 21, MOCA invites people to post photos from MMD events using #makemusichou #mmdhou and tagging @houstonmoca. All events are free and open to the public. For a full schedule of events, visit MakeMusicDay.org/Houston.
About Make Music Day
Make Music Day is presented by the NAMM Foundation and coordinated by the non-profit group Make Music Alliance. Its goals are to promote Make Music participation nationally, provide tools to help manage events in each community, and foster collaboration, mentorship, and mutual support among its members.
About the town hall of cultural affairs town hall
The City of Houston Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs guides the city’s cultural investments with policies and initiatives that expand access to arts and culture programs in the community, attract visitors, and leverage private investment.
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