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Photo Credit: Angela Puerta and Carlos Ramos at Lakeview Library by Ben Zastrow of Laura Zastrow Photography

A Message about Make Music Day 2020 from the Make Music Alliance:

Dear friends,

We hope this finds you safe and healthy.

Like all of you, we are grappling with the huge impact COVID-19 is having around the world, and in our daily lives. As we plan for Make Music Day on June 21, 2020, we don’t know if public gatherings will be feasible at that date, or if everyone will be “social distancing” and stuck at home.

Despite this uncertainty, we wanted to let you know that Make Music Day will still be happening on June 21. Unlike traditional music festivals, Make Music Day is an open invitation for everyone to make music anywhere and everywhere. We hope to be taking over the streets with music on June 21, but if we can’t, we invite you to join one of the online Make Music Day initiatives that will take place no matter what.

  • Live From Home Challenge: Record a musical performance at home on June 21, and tag three friends to challenge them to respond with their own performances.
  • Online Music Lessons: Teachers around the world will be offering free, online lessons for a variety of instruments on June 21.
  • Street Studios: Be part of a completely improvised music creation session. Record any sound or musical material on June 21st and upload it to one of the “Street Studio” producers, then watch the producer’s livestream as they incorporate it into a musical track created on the spot, using only the submitted materials.
  • Bands Undercover: Individuals or bands sign up to cover each other’s original music, and live stream their performances to each other in a unique musical exchange on June 21.
  • Young Composers Contest: Composers between the ages of 13-21 are invited to submit short, original compositions for choir by June 1st. A panel of renowned composers will give their feedback on all entries, and will select one winning piece to release on June 21 to the world in a professional performance.
  • Global Livestream: a day-long video stream on June 21 will show the rich diversity of live Make Music Day events around the world.


More details for each of these initiatives will be announced soon. (Do you have other ideas? Just reply to this email and let us know.)

In this time of social distancing, music’s powerful role to bring us together as a community is more important than ever. While physical public gatherings may not be currently accessible, we can still stay connected online and celebrate music.

Of course, we still hope to come out together in public on June 21 — in the coming weeks, look for announcements from your local Make Music Day coordinators with updates. But above all, we are committed to supporting the health and well-being of the public during this challenging time, and will follow the guidance of government health departments to make sure everyone stays safe.

Sincerely,

Make Music Alliance (U.S.)
Make Music Day UK
Make Music Australia
Fête de la Musique Deutschland
Confederation of European Music Industries (Italy)

PS: if you are stuck at home in the coming weeks or months, post a video of yourself making music with the tag #makemusicday and we will share it.

PPS: Wash your hands!

 

What is Make Music Madison?

Make Music Madison is part of Make Music Day, the global music celebration happening in over 1,000+ international cities. It’s a free, citywide, outdoor day of music held annually on the summer solstice, June 21st. Make Music Madison turns the city into a stage welcoming a full spectrum of performers. Initiated in 2013 as Madison’s entry into the international summer solstice music celebration, we join hundreds of millions of people all over the world for Make Music Day.

Make Music Madison 2019 was presented by the generous support of Madison Arts Commission and Isthmus with additional sponsorship by Dane ArtsDigital 206 – La Voz de Latina America desde Wisconsin, Wisconsin Public Radio, WORT FM Community Radio, and WSUM Student Radio.

In 2020 our celebration takes place on Sunday, June 21st which is Father’s Day! Typically, coffee shops, restaurants, front porches, and businesses all over Madison will fill their locations with song. Brunch patrons may find themselves serenaded by a middle school string quartet. Residents will travel all over the city to see new neighborhoods and enjoy live music. This year, we will make arrangements based on recommendations from the state of Wisconsin.

Make Music Madison is:

  • Performed by Anyone, Enjoyed by Everyone.
  • A way for all Madisonians to celebrate the summer solstice, enjoying the longest day of the year, while sampling a buffet of musical merriment.
  • A DIY city-wide celebration when almost any way to make music can and will happen.
  • Make Music Madison is open to music makers of all ages, skill levels, and musical persuasions.
Music Everywhere! 100 venues hosted in 2019!

When and where will Make Music Madison take place?

Make Music Madison will take place on the summer solstice, Sunday, June 21, 2020. Typically at a hundred locations across Madison.

Who is Make Music Madison?

Make Music Madison is Performed by Anyone, Enjoyed by Everyone, and takes a dedicated team of volunteers to bring it all together. We have a small board comprised primarily of group leads for larger teams of volunteers who focus on venues, musicians, matchmaking, mass appeal events, technology, publicity, and fundraising. In addition we have a single seasonal paid position for our managing director.

Current board members include Jamie Kember (president), Ashley Massart (treasurer) and Michael Anderson (secretary).  Natasha Stevens Sattin serves as our managing director. Beyond this we have a talented and growing volunteer team of planners. To join our merry crew, email us at info@makemusicmadison.org.

Participate

Photo Credit: Old School performs at 116 East Dayton Street by Ben Zastrow of Laura Zastrow Photography

Musicians and Venues, due to Covid, we will not be holding matchmaking for 2020 so this login link isn’t working at this time. BUT, music will still be happening on June 21st, all over the world for Make Music Day. We would love to share your virtual concerts from all over the city with the hashtag #makemusicmadison.

Here are other projects in the works to celebrate Make Music Day together.

We miss you all, please stay safe, and check back here or on Facebook for updates.

  • Live From Home Challenge: Record a musical performance at home on June 21, and tag three friends to challenge them to respond with their own performances.
  • Online Music Lessons: Teachers around the world will be offering free, online lessons for a variety of instruments on June 21.
  • Street Studios: Be part of a completely improvised music creation session. Record any sound or musical material on June 21st and upload it to one of the “Street Studio” producers, then watch the producer’s livestream as they incorporate it into a musical track created on the spot, using only the submitted materials.
  • Bands Undercover: Individuals or bands sign up to cover each other’s original music, and live stream their performances to each other in a unique musical exchange on June 21.
  • Young Composers Contest: Composers between the ages of 13-21 are invited to submit short, original compositions for choir by June 1st. A panel of renowned composers will give their feedback on all entries, and will select one winning piece to release on June 21 to the world in a professional performance.
  • Global Livestream: a day-long video stream on June 21 will show the rich diversity of live Make Music Day events around the world.

 

 

 

 

Support

Photo Credit: Willie Wright at Blaze the Stage Hip Hop Experience at Warner Park by Ben Zastrow of Laura Zastrow Photography
Photo Credit: Madison Scouts at Breese Stevens Field by Maddee MacLeod

Make Music Madison is a volunteer-organized event and thrives on the support of our community.

What does it cost and where does the money go?  The cost of bringing more than 400 concerts to over 100 venues across Madison in one day is roughly $45,000. Less, we like to say, than the cost of installing a traffic light. Far less.

The work of small army of volunteers makes it possible to pull this off on such a limited budget, but unavoidable costs remain, including: publicity and advertising that are critical to the success of the event, software development for the matchmaking system, a part-time managing director to coordinate the many volunteers and handle the administrative aspects of the nonprofit organization, and many smaller items such as insurance and event permitting.

 

Help cover these costs, and be part of bringing the musical merriment to the summer solstice!

Donate via PayPal

Or checks can be sent to:
Make Music Madison
PO Box 5186
Madison, WI 53705

Make Music Madison is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; all contributions are 100% tax deductible.

Sponsorship

Our partners benefit from co-marketing with an event that has become a summer highlight, and receive extensive exposure through print (including an Isthmus event program insert) and radio advertising, prominent placement on a highly trafficked website and mobile app, and on posters and banners at more than 100 venues. When the Solstice rolls around, we are everywhere.

To learn more about sponsoring this event, please contact us at info@makemusicmadison.org.

 

Platinum Partners

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Gold Partners

Media Partners

   

 

 

Gallery

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Middleton Jazz at Rennebohm Park #makemusicday #makemusicmadison ...

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Scott Wilcox at @fromagination #makemusicday #makemusicmadison ...

FUN! with Polklamity at Madison Children’s Museum @playatmcm #makemusicday #makemusicmadison ...

Check out this cutie! What else you got for #dogsofmakemusicday ? #makemusicmadison #makemusicday #dogsofinstagram @jourdanhines @hotelred ...

Ben Zastrow captured this lovely shot of Steev Baker over at Fair Oak’s Diner this AM. ...

Brittingham Park, en route to Tri Bratovchedki at @lakesidestreet #makemusicday #makemusicmadison ...

Like what you hear? Please be sure to show your appreciation. All tips go to the musicians.
@schoepsicecream, many thanks for the gallon buckets.
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A sincere thank you to our partner @wsum91.7! We’re heading over TONIGHT at 7 to chat with @thejimmykshow about #makemusicmadison #makemusicday. @thefancypears join to share new music. Friday, enjoy the indie-punk rock out with 5 bands at the WSUM Stage at 333 East Campus Mall!

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Two days til the planet sings out in sound. Morning til sunset. 1,000+ cities. Global #makemusicday is a beautiful thing.
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Huge thank you to the City of Madison for supporting this event through the #madisonartscommission!! 400 ways to enjoy and be part of the music making on global #makemusicday #makemusicmadison. See you all Friday. @planningmadison @madisonparkswi @cityofmadisonwi ...

The Isthmus insert 8-page guide to #makemusicmadison has landed with maps and listings for 400+ summer solstice performances. Get a copy at newsstands all over town before they disappear on Thursday, June 20th. ...

#makemusicday yard signs available at @madisonmarquettehotel at 414 S Baldwin for a pay-what-you-like donation. Open 10-3 or call James outside those hours at 608-239-2928. Help keep the music going by donating in person or via PayPal at www.makemusicmadison.org/support. ...

Our younger volunteers helped out with venue materials. Counting down. #makemusicday ...

Our 2019 #makemusicmadison interactive map is up and running!
Search schedules and locations for over 100 venues presenting almost 400 performances from opera to bluegrass and everything in between.

LISTINGS MAP:
http://www.makemusicmadison.org/listings

RSVP:
https://www.facebook.com/events/357298148254956/ #makemusicday #fetedelamusique - The worldwide music celebration held in over 1,000 cities in 120 countries

Friday, June 21st!
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Over 200 shows already booked for June 21st! Register by midnight tonight, Tuesday, May 7th to join the global celebration in over 1,000 cities. Musicians and venues register at www.makemusicmadison.org. Send requests and confirm your shows by midnight on Wednesday, May 15th. Photo Credit: Young Violinists took cover from the rain at Underground Butcher by Ken Swift. Make Music Day 2018. #madisonmusic #makemusicmadison #makemusicday #madison #fetedelamusique ...

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