Make Music


Black Star Drumline at Union Terrace by Mary Sweeney 2017

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 21. 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 is 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 2019 our celebration takes place on a Friday. 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 string quartet. And after 5, the city will ring 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.
Music Everywhere! Registered Venues as of April 2019

When and where will Make Music Madison take place?

The next Make Music Madison will take place on the summer solstice, Friday, June 21, 2019 at over 100 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


Madison Area Ukulele Initiative at Central Park by Mary Sweeney 2017 



MASS APPEAL Audience Participation Listings:

When we say, Performed by Anyone, Enjoyed by Everyone, we really mean it. And for 2019 we’re putting together 11 opportunities for you to be a part of the music making.


Madison Children’s Museum, Rotary Plaza Stage, 100 N Hamilton St, 12:30-1:30 PM

Mr. Harmonica Man, DeWayne Keyes, returns to lead a lesson and a group performance. Free harmonicas for the first 100 participants!



The Percussion Zone at Olbrich Beach Park, 3527 Atwood Ave, 5:30-6:15 PM

Join in the rhythmic jam session lead by marimbist, Eric de Los Santos.



Lake Edge Park, 511 Park Court, 6:30 PM-7:30 PM

For kids of all ages and their families. Led by Eliza Tyksinski. Eliza is an experienced leader of music for children and families. Join her for singing and movement for all ages.



Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 2019 Fisher St, 5-8 PM

Madison’s Premier Gospel Choir invites the music community to join in a 3-hour jam session singing covers and original gospel music. Most songs are charted for a brass ensemble, others include full orchestration. Full amplification and backline instruments are available. Spontaneity of songs and improvisation during songs will highlight the evening. Looking forward to 3 hours of Unity in the Community!!



Lake Edge Park, 511 Park Court, 6:30 PM-7:30 PM

The family of Karl Davis of WLS fame share the music their family grew up on. Bring your instruments or sing along!



Chris’s Front Yard on Yahara Place, 1824 Yahara Pl, 11:45 AM

Open stage with PA, two mics and keyboard. Kids, come on down and let’s hear you sing.



Sequoya Library, 4340 Tokay Blvd, 4:30-5:30 PM

Willy Street Co-op, 1221 Williamson St, 7-8 PM

30 ukulele strummers lead community sing-alongs for all ages with familiar, popular songs from 1920’s to present.



208 Merry Street Backyard, 4-9 PM

Rounding up friends and all musicians welcome for an open mic in the backyard right off the Yahara.



The Soul Doctor Ranch, 2 Sumter Ct,1:45-3 PM

This time is available for those who want to participate but have not registered for the day. Don’t be shy, stop on by.



Alumni Park, 724 Langdon St,11 AM- 3 PM

Stop by the public piano at Alumni Park to make your own music. Maybe even start your own sing-along! Also enjoy performances by world-renowned opera singer Prenicia Clifton at 1:15 and The Vince Sweeney Band at 3:15.



Madison Children’s Museum, Rotary Plaza Stage, 100 N Hamilton St, 2-3 PM

Wingin It Bird Band plays Chicken Dance, Rockin Robin and other bird tunes on request! Kids sing and dance along with the Bird Band jukebox.



2019 Listings: Friday, June 21st



Madison Scouts at Breese Stevens Field by Maddee MacLeod 2018

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.



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


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