Make Music Knoxville at a Glance:

Make Music Knoxville is a free, participatory celebration of community music making coming to Knoxville this June 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

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 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 teaches at School of Rock Knoxville and enjoys walking his dog, Bo. 

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