The Chamber Music Network

ACMP Worldwide Play-in Weekend 2018

What is a Play-in?

A play-in is an event where musicians meet, often for the first time, and “read” chamber music for pure pleasure. Play-ins can be large or small, public or private; it is up to the host to decide. Play-ins are not performances, but some include non-playing listeners.

The ACMP Worldwide Play-In Weekend is an annual celebration of the joy of chamber music. This grassroots event unites people of all ages and abilities by their common love of chamber music. Participants host play-ins worldwide in creative ways, in groups small and large, in settings informal and structured.


How do I find one?

CHECK OUT EVENTS THAT ARE OPEN TO ALL HERE (most require registration).

Go to our Worldwide Play-In Weekend Facebook page to find an event near you.


How do I create one?

We encourage you to host your own play-in on March 3 & 4, no matter how big or small. Even a duet counts. 
1  Pick a Place – Any place will do: a school, a music or cultural center, a workplace, a mall, a place of worship, a home, or a community center. 
2  Invite Players – Call someone new. Send an e-mail to players you know and ask them to invite friends. Post it on Facebook. Find people via the website "find players" page or in your ACMP directory. Reach out as widely as you can.
3  Play – Welcome new people. Gather listeners or play privately. Enjoy the music. Share food. Have fun! Still need help? See the Resources section below for our detailed “Play-In Guide” and links for sheet music. Also feel free to write us at

How do I share it?

There is no official sign-up, but let us know what you’re up to. The earlier we hear from you the more likely we can include your play-in in our publicity. List your Play-In on our website Events page here; post photos, videos, and highlights on Facebook (ACMP - Associated Chamber Music Players) and on Twitter (@ACMPmusic); or e-mail them to us. We’d love to feature your play-in stories in our future newsletters or on our News in Brief blog.

Send the details to and we'll also post them here.

Not on Facebook or Twitter? Send your event details to and we will post them.

Want to publicize your event in your community? See “resources” below for a flyer template you can use and a guide for arranging your own play-ins.

Share pictures, videos, and stories with us afterward by e-mailing

See highlights from the 2017 Worldwide Play-In Weekend!



Guide for Arranging a Successful Play-In

Flyer to announce your Play-In (Word format)

Find chamber music to play

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