THEY say that music makes the world go round, and on Monday, June 21, it will really make it spin as people from around the globe celebrate World Music Day. Initially launched in 1982 as the Fête de la Musique in France, World Music Day is now celebrated across more than 750 cities in 120 countries.
The great thing about World Music Day is it's free and easy to participate in. Better yet, music can help lower stress levels, increase concentration and learning, assist in exercising and motivation, and music therapy can do wonders for people with mental health issues.
Whether you dig out that treasured record you haven't heard for years and give it a spin, go and watch your favourite band or artist, or even pop your headphones on to hear your favourite tunes as you go for a jog, World Music Day is simply about celebrating the creativity and emotions that music provides.
If you're lucky enough to be blessed with musical talent, World Music Day gives you a perfect chance to provide entertainment to your local community and have fun at the same time. So grab your guitar and give a lunchtime performance in the CBD, find some friends and hit the nearest karaoke bar, or better yet, grab your bandmates and live stream a fun-filled jam session for your fans to follow.
A significant event being held throughout Australia is Make Music Day, which encourages amateur and professional musicians alike to showcase their work and help entertain people across the country. As a "DIY Festival", Make Music Day is open to anyone who wants to participate.
Launched in 2018, Make Music Day Australia has continued to grow each year thanks to industry and government support. While the 2020 event was strongly focused on online performances, Lucy Joseph from the Live Music Office said 2021 was about getting live music back out into the streets. "Make Music Day is all about allowing communities of audiences and musicians to engage with each other for one day to make free, accessible music and to celebrate the role that music plays in our everyday lives."
Australian Music Association executive officer, Rob Walker, agreed and said it was an excellent opportunity for anyone and everyone to get involved. "The AMA is excited to give musicians of all levels the opportunity to create their own stage on Make Music Day," he said. "The synergy of purpose between the partners driving the event is striking, and we look forward to engaging our communities in live music on June 21, 2021."
For information on World Music Day and to find out how to get involved in Make Music Day Australia, see makemusicaustralia.org.au.