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 Ashley Roberts (director of social media).  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 



Before registering as a musician or venue, please take a look at our FAQ on the ABOUT page. RETURNING MUSICIANS AND VENUES: Welcome back and continue reading on. Our developers recently updated the matchmaking system.  If you have an account from 2018, you’ll need to reset your password with three quick steps: 1. On the login page, use the same email and password (or a made-up password if you forgot) 2. Click LOGIN (this step triggers the reset on your account) 3. Click FORGOT YOUR PASSWORD and follow the instructions from there.

If you were not registered in 2018 but played in previous years, please re-register your information by clicking the register button in the upper right corner of the log-in page.

Email director@makemusicmadison if you have trouble logging in.


Monday, April 1st – Venue registration opens

Monday, April 8th – Musician registration opens

Tuesday, May 7th – Final day for new registrations

Wednesday, May 15th – Final day to book your shows

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.

Host a MASS APPEAL audience participation event

Got something share with a crowd?  From jam sessions to DJ lessons, samba workshops to a pop-up back-up band. Get in touch at  

When we say, Performed by Anyone, Enjoyed by Everyone, we really mean it. And for 2019 we’re putting together a number of special events to draw even greater numbers of musicians and appreciators into the fun. You’ll be able to join in on mass appeal shows designed to bring together dozens — no, hundreds — of artists to perform pre-selected pieces together.  

Venues all over town hosted 2018 Mass Appeals which offered many chances for audience members participation including breakdancing with Jaruis King at the Memorial Union, a public piano at Alumni Park, jam sessions, sing alongs and kids’ open mic!  

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Listings for Make Music Madison 2019 will be added soon.


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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