NYC’s Soundtrack

Hip-hop, salsa, folk, electronica, minimalism, and punk rock are some of the genres that sprouted in New York — the city where exciting hybrids of jazz, opera, and classical also blossomed. New York Music Month will  give fans a map to the city’s musical geography.

  • Movies Under the Stars x NYMM 2017 New York City Department of Parks & Recreation

    Through Movies Under the Stars, the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) and NYC Parks bring more than 300 film screenings to parks throughout the five boroughs. Enjoy family-friendly entertainment in the city’s parks and playgrounds, ranging from great new movies to all-time classics.


    Movies Under the Stars is the result of a MOME and Parks Department partnership in which the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment is supporting additional screenings and resources. The motivation behind growing the Movies under the Stars program is to bring all New Yorkers closer to the arts; to expand access to cinema to underserved areas in the city; and to thank New Yorkers for supporting filming in their neighborhoods.


    In honor of New York is Music Month in June, we have programmed a number of special screenings that feature music themed films and documentaries.

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  • National Sawdust Workshops

    National Sawdust, a non-profit performance space and recording studio located in the heart of Williamsburg, was founded with the vision to provide composers and musicians across genres a home in which they can flourish, a setting where they are given unprecedented support and resources essential to create and share, their work.


    National Sawdust is hosting a series of free, family-friendly, community events taking place in June 2017 in celebration of New York Music Month. Programming includes:


    Just Kidding: Sonia de los Santos (June 3 at 11am): This unique concert will be filled with original songs, Latin American party tunes, and new bilingual versions of American classics. Learn more here.


    Jazz for Kids: Timbalooloo Workshop (June 17 at 11am): At Timbalooloo workshops, children conceive making music as the magical act of making their instrument come to life. Learn more here


    Make Music New York (June 21 from 4pm to 8pm): National Sawdust will offer a full evening of workshops and music discovery. Learn more here


    The Revolution (June 24 at 10pm): Series Curator Katie Jones selects three different acts representing three different genres (typically jazz, soul, and hip-hop); featuring jazz vocalist Leala Cyr, singer-songwriter Olu Bliss, and rapper-lyricist Miyachi. Learn more here

  • Walking Tours of Music Neighborhoods Lincoln Center, Hush Tours, Levy’s Unique New York, and Bronx Music Heritage Center

    NYMM is proud to offer these walking tours through June. Take a walk through history with our free music walking tours of the sites and neighborhoods that nurtured some of New York City’s most iconic music. Each tour gives you an in-depth history of a different style of music in each neighborhood: hip-hop, salsa and bachata, rock and roll, classical, and more. 


    Latin Music Tours in the South Bronx
    Every Saturday in June, 12 noon -2pm
    Meet at Raul del Valle Plaza – the Hunts Point Stop on the 6 train
    Sign up here.


    Hush Hip Hop Tours of Harlem
    Every Saturday in June, 11am-1pm
    Meet at the Museum of the City of New York, Fifth Avenue and 102nd street
    Sign up here.


    Classic, Folk, and Punk Rock Tours of the Village
    Every Saturday in June, 11am-1pm
    Meet at the Washington Square Arch, 5th Avenue and Washington Sq North
    Sign up here.


    Classical Music Tours of Lincoln Center
    Every Saturday in June, 3-5pm
    Meet at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, Broadway and 62nd street
    Sign up here.

  • Sing for Hope Pianos Sing for Hope

    The Sing for Hope Pianos is the country’s largest recurring public arts project, reaching an estimated 2 million New Yorkers and visitors annually across the 5 boroughs since its 2010 launch. From June 5-25, 60 Sing for Hope Pianos will be placed throughout New York City in partnership with NYC Parks.  This summer, Sing for Hope will place its 400th artist-designed piano in the parks and public spaces of NYC’s 5 boroughs each summer for anyone and everyone to play — a symbol and celebration of art for all. After the public installation, all of the Sing for Hope Pianos will once again be donated to NYC public schools, benefiting an estimated 16,000 NYC school children each year. 

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  • Free entrance to the Rubin Museum on Saturday, June 24th

    Visitors will explore how sound and our sense of hearing shape our daily lives, our traditions, our history, and all of existence. The World Is Sound employs sound in new ways to animate and intensify the experience of art in the Rubin’s collection. Organized cyclically—from creation to death to rebirth—the exhibition explores different dimensions of sound and listening and its many functions in Tibetan Buddhism. The centerpiece of the exhibition is Le Corps Sonore (Sound Body), an immersive, site-specific installation composed for the Rubin Museum’s iconic spiral staircase by the pioneering electronic sound artists Éliane Radigue, Laetitia Sonami, and Bob Bielecki.

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  • Free entrance to the Museum of the City of New York on Sunday, June 18th

    The story of New York salsa, an up-tempo performance of percussive Latin music and Afro-Caribbean-infused dance, is one of cultural fusion, artistry, and skilled marketing. Rhythm & Power: Salsa in New York illuminates salsa as a social movement from the 1960s to the present, exploring how immigrant and migrant communities in New York City—most notably from Cuba and Puerto Rico—nurtured and developed salsa, growing it from a local movement playing out in the city’s streets and clubs into a global phenomenon.

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