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Businesses collaborate to bring Make Music Day to Fargo-Moorhead

The Arts Partnership previews the June 21 event that will be celebrated here and in cities around the world.

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Make Music Day will be celebrated June 21 in more than 1,000 cities, including in Fargo-Moorhead.
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FARGO — Sound your horn, chime in, ring a bell, bang a drum. Whatever flutes your boat, Make Music Day is coming to town June 21 to bathe the streets in the sweet, sweet sound of music.

Minnesota State University Moorhead’s Dr. Kenyon Williams led efforts to bring a version of Make Music Day to campus in 2021 , and this year, another ensemble is organizing: Make Music FMWF Metro.

“The Fargo Moorhead West Fargo metro is excited to join in the celebration,” Make Music FMWF Metro event organizers posted on their website. “Completely different from a typical music festival, Make Music is open to anyone who wants to take part.”

What is Make Music Day?

Launched in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique , Make Music Day is now held on the same day in more than 1,000 cities in 120 countries.

The goal: To encourage music-making among musicians of all ages and abilities in public spaces, such as the streets, parks, plazas and porches. Events are free but registration is required.

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Metro organizations and businesses will host music venues across the community. Local artists also set up stages in areas across the metro, but no matter how you participate, registration is the one requirement. Register online at http://makemusicday.org/fmmetro .

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Make Music Day is set for June 21 in cities across the world.
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The Arts Partnership got in touch with Emily Karkoska, creative services traffic coordinator at Border States, who’s helping lead communications efforts to bring this international event to the community. It’s been a long work in progress for organizers, all who participated in the 2021–22 FMWF Chamber Leadership Program.

Here’s what Emily had to say.

Q: Tell us about Make Music Day.

A: Make Music Day is a free celebration of music around the world on June 21, the longest day of the year. Launched in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique, it is now held on the same day in more than 1,000 cities in 120 countries. In the United States, the NAMM Foundation is the presenting sponsor. The Fargo Moorhead West Fargo metro is excited to join in the celebration for the first time in 2022!

Q: What inspired you to bring Make Music Day to the community?

A: As part of the FMWF Chamber's Leadership Program community change initiative, our group's original idea was modeled after an event called Porchfest, a grassroots annual music event that began in Ithaca, N.Y., in 2007, which has expanded to communities across the United States and Canada. The project then changed as we worked with The Arts Partnership and learned of the desire to locally host Make Music Day.

Q: What makes this event so special?

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A: Completely different from a typical music festival, Make Music FMWF Metro is open to anyone who wants to take part. The aim is for every kind of musician — young and old, amateur and professional, of every musical persuasion — to pour into the streets, parks, plazas and porches of the FMWF metro to share their music with family, friends, neighbors and strangers.

What also makes Make Music FMWF Metro so unique is that it’s a volunteer-run event by the community for the community. Local venues host local musicians and local musicians play at local venues. And all of it is free and open to the public.

Click here to read more TAP features about art, artists and events in Fargo-Moorhead.

Q: When did you decide to bring Make Music Day to the community?

A: The conversation on a Make Music Day for the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo metro began in October 2021. Potential community partners were identified in January and February 2022 through collaboration with The Arts Partnership, and registration for the Make Music FMWF Metro went live in March 2022.

Q: Who has spearheaded the project and what roles did you fulfill?

A: Make Music FMWF Metro was spearheaded by six participants of the 2021–22 FMWF Chamber Leadership Program. The original idea was presented by Laura Gariano of First International Bank and Trust. She served as the engagement lead on the project and was joined by myself in a communications role, as well as Amanda Buth, Boyer and Associates, Melissa Drewing, Marvin, Ryan Erickson, Fargo Fire Department, and Tyler Strand of Minnesota State Community and Technical College.

Through collaboration with Dayna Del Val of The Arts Partnership, the project team made connections with various local business, education, government and nonprofit entities in the community to bring the project to fruition, including Make Music Alliance, a nonprofit that exists to serve Make Music organizers around the world.

Now that the website and registration has been set up, a local chapter will be able to take the Make Music FMWF Metro event and grow it in the years to come.

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This article is part of a content partnership with The Arts Partnership, a nonprofit organization cultivating the arts in Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo. For more information, visit http://theartspartnership.net .

This article is part of a content partnership with The Arts Partnership, a nonprofit organization cultivating the arts in Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo. For more information, visit the artspartnership.net.
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