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NEWS RELEASE: Make Music San Jose 2020 Moves Online

Post Date:06/18/2020 11:00 AM

Office of Cultural Affairs


Elisabeth Handler, Public Information Manager, OED

Kerry Adams Hapner, Director of Cultural Affairs, City of San José

Join the virtual celebration of music on June 21, 2020

SAN JOSE, Calif., (June 18, 2020) - Celebrated annually on June 21, Make Music San Jose coincides with festivities in more than one thousand cities worldwide as part of Make Music Day. The whole idea for the day is to share the joy of making music with everyone that wants to take part, from professional to amateur musicians, as well as the musically curious. Typically, the celebration includes performances and play-along events at venues throughout the city. The celebration this year will be moving online to protect the health of the community. While the gathering won’t be in-person, the spirit remains the same.

On Sunday, June 21, 2020 from 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm the Make Music San Jose website ( will be converted into a virtual stage, featuring community hosted channels with creative content and live performances by local artists.

Channels are curated by leaders in San Jose’s indie music scene, celebrating a wide array of genres. A few highlights include San Jose Jazz’s channel with emerging musicians from their youth programs and The People’s Channel showcasing San Jose’s cultural districts with performers representing Japantown and the School of Arts and Culture at the Mexican Heritage Plaza, as well as, musicians from the Multicultural Arts Leadership Initiative. The full schedule will be posted on the Make Music San Jose website on Friday, June 19.

San Joseans can actually join in the celebration by making music at home and posting a video or photo of themselves using the hashtag #makemusicsanjose. For fun activities to do at home with kids, the Children’s Discovery Museum has designed a series of music-themed art and science projects in honor of Make Music San Jose. These instructional videos are posted on the Make Music San Jose website and available on the Children’s Discovery Museum’s virtual museum site (

Being a part of Make Music San Jose locally, and Make Music Day globally, carries more significance than ever. It is an opportunity for us to come together in spirit and celebrate the music that brings us joy.

Make Music San Jose is a program of the San José Office of Cultural Affairs. Facilitation support for the virtual Make Music San Jose 2020 event is provided by San José-based event producers Filco Events and Giant Creative.

About the City of San José
With more than one million residents, San José is one of the most diverse large cities in the United States and is Northern California’s largest city and the 10th largest city in the nation. San José’s transformation into a global innovation center has resulted in one of the largest concentrations of technology companies and expertise in the world. In 2011, the City adopted Envision San José 2040, a long-term growth plan that sets forth a vision and a comprehensive road map to guide the City’s anticipated growth through the year 2040.

About the San José Office of Cultural Affairs
The City of San José recognizes that the arts and culture are essential elements in the character and quality of life in a vibrant community and seeks to ensure that San José is an effective hub of a wide array of arts and cultural opportunities throughout Silicon Valley. The Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA), a division of Economic Development in the City Manager’s Office, is the lead City of San José agency for stewarding a vibrant arts sector.

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