What is Make Music Day PDX?
Make Music Day PDX is “Music by the People, For the People.” It is a way for all Portlanders to celebrate music and our community free of charge. It is a city-wide celebration dedicated to musical expression. It is an event open to musicians playing all kinds of music in places all over town. And it is part of a large mobilization of people around the world to celebrate the joys of music during the summer solstice season.
When and where will Make Music Day PDX take place?
Make Music Day PDX will take place on a Sunday close to the summer solstice. Performances will occur from 12:00 noon to 8:00 PM in numerous performance spaces throughout Portland.
Where can I go to hear the music?
Performances will take place in a variety of spaces, most outdoors. The goal is to enjoy a generous soundscape of music throughout Portland. Several venues are set in Portland Public Parks and others are indoors. We post all our venues on this webpage for three months leading up to the event on June 30, 2019. As Make Music Day PDX approaches, we begin to post which musicians will perform at which venues and at what times.
How can I get involved as a volunteer?
You can volunteer by filling out the form on the Support page of this website. We will provide a brief orientation and give you one of our Make Music Day PDX t-shirts. Then on Sunday, June 30, you will come to one of the venues – generally for a two-hour stint – to take photos, answer questions and help to facilitate the smooth running of events.
Can I donate to Make Music Day PDX?
We’re glad you asked! Contributions can be made by clicking on the Donate button on the Support page of this website and making a payment through PayPal. Make Music Day PDX has 501(c)(3) non-profit status with the IRS and contributions are eligible to be tax deductible.
Who can participate as musicians?
Professionals, amateurs, part-time musicians and music students are all welcome. All you need to do is request to perform by filling out the form on the Register page of this website, practice up, and then show up and perform. Surprise PDX with your creativity!
How do I sign up?
Just fill out the form on the Register page of this website. Tell a bit about your musical group and attach a video link or two. Please let us know what style of music you play, how long you’d like to perform – typical times are 45, 60, 75 or 90 minutes – and if you have some venues and times of day that you would prefer. Note that by signing up to perform, you are agreeing to let Make Music Day PDX use photos and videos of your performance in our promotional materials. Remember to show basic courtesy: set up your equipment quietly while others perform; avoid profanity in your performance; and close your performance on time so others have time to make music, too.
Who will provide what I need for my concert?
You will need to bring your own instruments and microphones. Most venues will have a sound technician and a sound system. Some venues (TBD) will have an acoustic piano, but you will need to bring your own electronic piano to other venues.
Will I be paid to perform?
No, we neither pay our talented musicians nor charge admission to our audience. What we do offer our musicians is an opportunity to come out and perform a public gig before a new audience.
What if we need to cancel?
First, we ask that once you sign up, you build your June 30 schedule around this performance because we – and our audiences – are counting on you. But if an unexpected event arises, please let us know promptly so we can modify our lineup of musicians.
What happens if it rains?
This is Oregon! The show will go forward, come rain or come shine. Many of the outdoor venues have cover.
How will Make Music Day PDX promote this event?
Willamette Week, KATU, KINK, Portland Radio Project, and All Classical radio are media sponsors of Make Music Day PDX and will be promoting the event. We will list all venues and concerts on the Make Music Day PDX website. We also ask you to promote Make Music Day PDX through your social media contacts.