Rita Whitney, Director of Communications and Engagement
The Cultural Alliance of York County
Music for Everyone, Lancaster
Phone: (717) 875-4893
Image: Ralph Washington, Peter Bottros and company play at Keystone Kidspace in 2021
For Immediate Release
“Make Music Day” Central PA public events to be held June 21st in Lancaster and York Cities.
LANCASTER and YORK, PA – Music For Everyone, a Lancaster-based non-profit charitable organization dedicated to cultivating the power of music as an educational and community building tool throughout Lancaster County, and the York County Cultural Alliance are teaming up to produce are teaming up to produce a joint “Make Music Day 2022” in the Central PA region. Make Music Day celebrates and promotes the natural music maker in all of us, regardless of ability, by providing free events to the public throughout the day. Make Music Day events turn sidewalks and streets into impromptu stages; lets amateur musicians share their passion and gain confidence; and gives established artists in all genres a chance to perform for new audiences.
Each year hundreds of cities throw citywide music celebrations on June 21st where community members of all musical skill levels come together to create music. “Unlike a normal music festival everyone, regardless of skill level, ability or age, is invited to join and create music.” John Gerdy executive director said, “MFE believes in the importance of community building through the power of music. Make Music Day is a perfect example of an event that can bring people together through that power. We’re thrilled to be partnering with the Make Music Alliance and our York counterparts across the Susquehanna to make this event happen.”
Events will occur throughout the day in both Lancaster and York cities. All events will be free and open to the public to participate in. “Music and other cultural events have the unique ability to bring us together as a community”, says Rita Whitney of the York County Cultural Alliance, “we are grateful for the opportunity to bring this collaborative and interactive event to York.”
In York City, the York Make Music Day committee will be organizing events like open mic’s, drum circles, make your own instrument sessions for kids, kazoo and harmonica play along and more. Visit www.york365.com to view a list of Make Music Day events. Events will continue to be added up until the day of the event.
Get Involved: We invite you to make music on June 21st anywhere, by either, attending an event, or hosting your own. Support for musicians and organizers is available every step of the way, including a suite of toolkits and workshops explaining everything from live streaming to publicity templates, and more. It’s a fantastic opportunity to connect to your community through music showcasing talent to new audiences on a global platform.
Discover how you can get involved in the biggest participatory festival of the year, visit www.makemusicday.org/yorkcounty or email Yorkcounty@makemusicday.org.
Music for Everyone is a Lancaster-based non-profit charitable organization that exists to cultivate the power of music as an educational, community building and public health tool to transform lives, schools, and communities in Lancaster County. To learn more about the organization, Make Music Day events, or Keys for the City please visit musicforeveryone.org or visit MFE on Facebook and Instagram @MFELancaster.
Founded as a United Arts Fund in 1999, the Cultural Alliance’s annual campaign currently supports arts organizations and artists that are essential to arts and culture in our community. Over the past 22 years invested $12 million in cash and $2.5 million in in-kind support for the arts. Through critical operational grants, the Cultural Alliance is the lifeline for arts and culture in York County.
For more information, call the Cultural Alliance at 717-812-9255, visit our website at www.culturalyork.org, visit the Cultural Alliance of York on Facebook, and follow @CulturalYork on Instagram.