World Music Day

World Music Day Quick Facts - US

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2024 DateJune 21, 2024
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World Music Day History

World Music Day, also known as Fête de la Musique, celebrates the universal language of music. It aims to encourage both amateur and professional musicians to showcase their talent in public spaces, while also providing free access to concerts and performances for the public. This global observance promotes the importance of music in society and celebrates its cultural diversity.

Originating in France in 1982, World Music Day has since expanded to over 120 countries, including the United States. In America, the observance has grown in popularity, with events taking place in major cities such as New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. These events often include diverse lineups of genres, highlighting the cultural melting pot that is the American music scene. By participating in World Music Day, Americans join the global community in championing the role of music as a powerful tool for communication, education, and social cohesion.

In the United States, World Music Day is observed on June 21 each year. Cities across the country host numerous events such as free outdoor concerts, music workshops, and open mic sessions. Venues vary, ranging from public parks to cultural institutions, ensuring accessibility for all. This annual event provides an opportunity for Americans to appreciate the rich tapestry of music that exists both locally and globally, fostering a sense of community through shared musical experiences.

World Music Day facts

  • World Music Day encourages both amateur and professional musicians to perform in the streets under the slogan Fête de la musique, or make music. Many free concerts are organized all around the world.
  • The United States is the biggest market for digital music consumption.
  • The 'pleasure chemical' dopamine is released when you listen to music.
  • 85 North American cities organized more than 5,000 free concerts in 2019 to celebrate World Music Day.

Top things to do in the US for World Music Day

  • Find out what's popular now on Billboard's Hot 100 chart.
  • Take a look at this list of music documentaries by PBS. It features some of the best artists and bands from the past several decades such as Duke Ellington, The Ramones, and Lupe Yoli.
  • Find an event near you. Make Music hosts free concerts across the US and the world.

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