Make Music


On June 21, 2016 Pittsburgh  will host is second annual Make Music Pittsburgh in all of the inner city neighborhoods. Make Music Pittsburgh is a festival designed to show off our local musical talent and inspire others to play music as well. Originally started in France in 1982, Pittsburgh will become one of over 700 cities playing music on June 21, 2016 as part of a global Make Music Day celebration.  Whether it’s hip hop in Lawrenceville, gospel in Highland Park, blue grass in Squirrel Hill, classical in the Hill District, or kids playing the harmonica in Bloomfield, Make Music Pittsburgh is about what we as a city decide to make it.  Make Music Pittsburgh will be a day of music inspired and created by those who live in our region and decide to join us in the city to make music. Musicians decide to sign up to play and businesses and homes make the decision to sign up to have musicians outside of their places.  Every musician has the power to choose where they are located and every location can match with their preferred style of music – just keep it outdoors so everyone can enjoy!

This June 21st every quiet space in Pittsburgh will be filled with live music.  Everyone is encouraged to participate by either playing music outside, providing an outdoor space, volunteering, or walking around and listening to the various concerts around the city. Performers of all ages, levels, and styles of music are welcome!!


Performers: Interested in becoming a performer? Everyone is invited to play! The event is open to young and old, soloists and groups, blues, rap, classical – even all at the same time!

The City of Pittsburgh does not require street musicians/buskers to get a permit to play outside.  Musicians can set up anywhere in they city without a permit as long as they do not set up a stage, block the sidewalk/street, and no one complains about excessive noise.  In the event a stage is needed, please contact us at for more information.

The three options available to musicians are as follows:

  1. Step outside and play!  Find a spot on a sidewalk, porch, or in a park and play music.  If you plan this spot ahead of time and would like to be listed on our website, please feel free to sign up as an artist and as a venue in our system.  Otherwise all musicians are welcome to step outside and play – even without signing up.
  2. Reach out to a business and ask them if you can play in front of their location.  If they say yes, ask them to sign up as a venue to match with.
  3. Wait for venues to sign up in our matching system and match with them directly.

***Musicians do not need to sign up with this site in order to play outside on June 21st.  If you are a musician and you know a place where you would like to play, feel free to speak with the venue and set it up directly.  Always gain permission from a location first!!***

Venues: Whether the venue is a front porch, sidewalk in front of a business, in a coffee shop, or in a side lot, all venues are welcome! Please click here to sign up your location here to match with an artist.

Volunteers:  We are looking people who are willing to help get the word out, flier neighborhoods, help people sign up, make phone calls, and just be jazzy.  Contact us at for more information!

2016 Listings: Tuesday, June 21st



Make Music Pittsburgh is in the process of becoming a 501 (c)(3) organization and all donations are tax deductible.   All concerts are free and open to the public. Your donations help make it possible.  Please reach out to us at if you are interested in supporting this amazing day!


Here are some beautiful photos from last year as well as from our our sister cities New York and Los Angeles  courtesy of Getty Images!

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3-minute video of various concerts, edited by Tom Weber

If you are interested in writing about Make Music Pittsburgh, please contact us at – and thank you!

Here are some articles that covered our 2015 event:

Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Let the Music Play all day Sunday by Amy Brooks:

Tribune Review: Outdoor Concerts to fill Pittsburgh with Music on Make Music Day by Rex Rutkoski

Pittsburgh City Paper: This Sunday, the international Make Music festival comes to Pittsburgh by Margaret Welsh


Please feel free to contact us with questions or ideas at