Make Music
Madison

Ink and watercolor image of Madison's lakes with the isthmus defined by a sillhouette of a trombone player, and a city skyline in bright watercolors across the bottom. Artist, Ali Brooks
Featured Artwork for Make Music Madison 2016, from Ali Brooks

About

What is Make Music Madison?

Make Music Madison is an annual citywide, free, outdoor day of music held on the summer solstice, June 21. Initiated in 2013 as Madison’s entry into the international summer solstice music celebration, we join over 700 communities around the world in kicking off summer by filling the city with music. Make Music Madison turns the city into a stage, and offers a full spectrum of performers the opportunity to display their musical skills.

In 2017 our celebration takes place on a Wednesday. Coffee shops, restaurants, front porches, and businesses all over Madison will fill their locations with song. Lunch patrons may find themselves serenaded by a middle school strings quartet. And after 5, the city will explode with music.

  • 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.
Paul Filopowicz playing guitar in a shiny yellow jacket, dancing on top of a wooden picnic table while he plays. Audience members are smiling up from their seats on the benches, and snapping photos.
Paul Filipowicz performing at Make Music Madison 2015. Photo by Hedi LaMarr Rudd.

When and where will Make Music Madison take place?

The next Make Music Madison will take place on the summer solstice, Wednesday, June 21, 2017.

Who is Make Music Madison?

Full list of 2017 Participating Venues | 2017 Participating Musicians

Make Music Madison may be Performed by Anyone, Enjoyed by Everyone, but it still 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 part-time paid position for our executive director.

Current board members include Elizabeth Simcock (president), Mark Fairchild (mass appeals), Jamie Kember (musicians), Beth Mastin (matchmaking), Sue Peck (treasurer), and Kelsey Miles (venues). Beyond this we have a great and growing volunteer team of planners. To join the fun and help grow Madison’s musical kickoff to summer, email us at info@makemusicmadison.org.

performance view in a park, looking out to the audience from stage right. Sunshine, warm grass, and smiling faces. The back of a cellist and music stands can be seen at the edge of the stage.
Photo: Diane K.

Participate

Registration and matchmaking are closed for 2017.

Make Music Madison is a citywide, street level music making celebration. There is a role for everyone and every organization in this DIY celebration – musicians, social media makers, businesses, restaurants, bars, neighborhood organizations, and non-profits. If you have an idea about how to add to the Make Music Madison merriment, and you have the time and skills to make your vision happen, we want to hear from you. Email us and we’ll hook you into the planning team.

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2017 Listings: Wednesday, June 21st

  

Support

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 5311
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.

Learn more about the benefits of sponsoring Make Music Madison, and contact us at info@makemusicmadison.org.

2017 Sponsors

Platinum Partners

Madison Arts Commission logo

Gold Partners

UW SMPH Department of Radiology

Silver Partners

Johnson Bank logo

Media Partners

Isthmus Logo

WORT Logo        WPR Logo    

Fox47 logo

 

Thanks to the generosity of QuestionPro and its online survey platform, we are able to collect responses and distribute vital information to participants.

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