Hal Leonard Europe partners with Make Music Day

London, UK, 15 June 2021

Leading music publisher Hal Leonard Europe (HLE) is continuing its support for Make Music Day, the international celebration of the joy of music making, held on the summer solstice (21 June). After a tumultuous year, with coronavirus restrictions continuing to severely disrupt musical activity, Make Music Day 2021 will feature a mixture of live and online performances from all over the UK.

HLE is proud to once again provide resources to assist Make Music Day performances. As with previous years, in collaboration with Wise Music Group, a selection of sheet music arrangements of ‘Bring Me Sunshine’ are available for Make Music Day participants to access. This year, in collaboration with Sony Music Publishing, the classic song ‘Stand By Me’ is also available in a variety of versions. These songs and more can be found on Sheet Music Direct, with special 60-day free access for those taking part.

HLE will help judge a competition to find the best cover version of ‘Stand by Me’, details of which can be found here. The first prize is a £150 voucher to spend at Musicroom.com.

“After a year which has seen collective music making affected so dramatically, and with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic still very much restricting grassroots music, we need Make Music Day more than ever – a wonderful opportunity to play, sing and connect. At Hal Leonard Europe, our vision is for ‘Lifelong Music Making for Everyone’, which is also very much the spirit of Make Music Day. We’re very proud to continue our support and are looking forward to tuning in to hear performances on 21 June.”

Tom Farncombe, Business Development Director, Hal Leonard Europe

“Make Music Day is that one day in the year when we can all celebrate music and recognise the incredible variety of musicians, old, young, professional, leisure-time, fantastic champion players, complete beginners – and all the different kinds of music that they love and perform. Music is a language that connects us all, across communities, across nations, across the world. I cannot wait to see what creative events will take place this year and to see the joy in people’s faces as they listen or play or sing. It’s been a hard year, everywhere on the globe, let’s come together on 21 June through music and start healing.”

Barbara Eifler, Chair of Make Music Day UK

About Make Music Day

Make Music Day is the UK iteration of the international summer solstice music celebration, which first started in France in 1982 as Fête de la Musique and which now takes place in 125 countries and 1000 cities across the world. On 21 June every year, thousands of music-makers around the world take part in public performances, often in surprising and unusual venues. Open to everyone, regardless of genre or level, Make Music Day (MMD) is a celebration of the pure joy of making music.