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