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March 26th, 2007, 08:54 PM
City readies for daylong music festival


By: Miriam Kreinin Souccar
Published: March 26, 2007 (http://www.newyorkbusiness.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070326/FREE/70326003/1044)- 9:36 am

An annual daylong festival called Make Music New York will debut June 21 with 1,200 free concerts across the city.

Performances will range from amateurs playing on sidewalks to a number of large-scale events, like a lunchtime concert at Lincoln Center and a symphonic indie-rock show at McCarren Park Pool in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Nearly every type of music, including religious compositions from Turkey and underground hip-hop, will be represented.

The festival is the brainchild of Aaron Friedman, a 28-year-old classical composer and founder of lobbying group Silent Majority: Citizens Against Car Alarms.

Mr. Friedman got the idea for the festival a year ago after attending a similar event in Paris that has been running for 25 years. More than 300 cities around the world now celebrate annual Make Music events on June 21.

Twelve business improvement districts, 87 community groups and hundreds of artists have signed on to help with the New York festival.

Working in donated office space, Mr. Friedman and his team are trying to raise $238,000 to cover insurance, marketing, salaries and permit fees; they have drummed up just $60,000 so far.

Though the city supports the event, according to Mr. Friedman, officials have not yet granted his request to waive permit fees. The artists will perform for free.

"For amateur musicians, this is a chance to play for the largest crowds of their lives," Mr. Friedman says. "For established artists, it's a chance to become exposed to new audiences."

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