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Make Music Knoxville at a Glance:

Make Music Knoxville is a free, participatory celebration of Knoxville-based community music making that happens every June and December 21st.  Featuring artists of diverse genres and backgrounds, our mission is to elevate collective music making and celebrate the culture, sights and sounds of our city!


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Make Music Day

Make Music Knoxville is a part of Make Music Day, an international day of music celebration born out of the French celebration Fête de la Musique which began in the 1980's.  Today, Make Music Day welcomes over 90 chapters, including Tennessee Chapters in both Nashville and Chattanooga, as part of a growing movement of celebrating arts and culture in cities across the globe.

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Who we are

NICHOLAS HORNER - Chapter Founder

Born in the mountains of central Pennsylvania, Nicholas Horner relocated to Knoxville after living in NYC as a working/touring songwriter and event producer.  He got his start as a fellow for Make Music New York (part of Make Music Day) from which he launched Porch Stomp, NYC’s biggest free-folk festival for 8 years running.  His various projects as a musician and community builder have landed him features in the New York Times, on NPR and even the opportunity to write and perform the theme song for an international United Nations conference in Ecuador for delegates from around the world.  Nick first fell in love with Eastern Tennessee when touring through the region in 2017 and is proud to call Knoxville his home!  When not producing events, he works remotely for the Floyd Country Store in Floyd, VA, is a barista at Status Dough on Gay Street and enjoys hanging out with his partner Kate and his dog, Bo. 

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Knoxville native Chris Lamb is amongst the busiest people in Knoxville. The founder of Real Knoxville Music Inc., Chris is dedicated to local Knoxville music and community building here in Eastern Tennessee. You can catch him running sound downtown at Scruffy City Hall / Preservation Pub, working behind the scenes at WATE Channel 6 News or at any number of local shows talking up his new favorite local Knoxville artists.  When he's not making incredible community projects come to life, he's spending time with his loving family or working in the studio. 

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Make Music Knoxville is always looking for more help to bring community music making to East Tennessee!  To get involved, shoot us an email at


Lead singer of Tinca Tinca and proprietor of Oak Hill Audio, Travis Tench has roots in Kentucky as well as New York City. He has performed at legendary venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Prospect Park bandshell and played on bills with acts such as Neil Young and Joan Baez. At Oak Hill Audio, he produces music and edits audio for other artists, commercials, organizations, and podcasts. Passionate about community music making and with a history of non-profit work, Travis is an excellent addition to the team. Catch him around town playing at a variety of venues or out with his wife Lilly walking their dog, beloved dog-model Dr. Sharkbird.

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