During unusual times when it’s been a challenge to connect, music brings life through the many emotions triggered by listening to a song, the emotional release of writing, sharing new discoveries with friends or the joy of performing your own words or a heartfelt rendition of a classic during a live or virtual performance! We’ve seen a lot of mainstream and local artists since the beginning of the pandemic share this gift in creative ways and right here in our own back yard is an organization that is bringing all of this home.

Music Makers located on 46 West Main Street, Waynesboro  was created as a collaboration between the Arts Alliance of Greater Waynesboro and the Cumberland Valley School of Music with a mission to provide a community center for music, forums, workshops, classes, jam sessions and live performances to the Waynesboro and surrounding communities.

Launched in 2016, there always seems to be an opportunity and buzz about Music Makers who offer FREE, live musical entertainment by local musicians on Friday’s from 5:30-8pm at Music Makers or Main Street Park, keep up with the next live show here. They also host Open Mic Nights which are currently on pause, but there are plans for it to return creating an opportunity for performers of all ages and talents to practice, showcase or just simply have a good time! Performers and music lovers alike are invited to enjoy all the shows hosted by Music Makers!

Another opportunity Music Makers offers is their Songwriters Forum where area musicians are invited to join the group along with fellow musicians to collaborate and develop their songwriting skills. The group meets on the first Monday of each month.

Music Makers invites you to follow them on social media and to also sign-up for weekly emails for all the need-to-know information on upcoming events, live streams, workshops and more! They also provide a great Q&A section on their website, here, featuring local musicians.

If you choose to enjoy Music Makers and their events in-person they ask that everyone adhere to social distancing guidelines, wear a mask and respect capacity limits. Most of the programs offered are FREE of charge and are able to function thanks to their wonderful volunteers. Donations are always welcomed and appreciated to help keep Music Makers able to bring, arts, music and performances to the community a little or no cost.

Stay connected through song at:

717-655-2500 / contact@ArtsAllianceGW.org / www.ArtsAllianceGW.org / Facebook: @musicmakerswboro / Instagram: @destinationarts_aagw

Contributed by: Lauren Formosa