Make Music


Angela Puerta and Carlos Ramos at Lakeview Library Phot by Ben Zastrow of Laura Zastrow Photography

Make Music Madison will be live and in person Monday, June 21st, 2021 following COVID ordinances of Public Health Madison & Dane County. Coffee shops, restaurants, front porches, and businesses across Madison will fill with song for anyone to enjoy!

Make Music Madison is a free, citywide, outdoor day of music held annually on the summer solstice. Initiated in Madison in 2013, our festival is part of the larger Make Music Day, an international summer solstice music celebration occurring in 1,000+ cities across the globe.

Make Music Madison is:

  • Performed by Anyone, Enjoyed by Everyone.
  • A way for Madisonians to celebrate the summer solstice, enjoy the longest day of the year, and sample a buffet of musical merriment.
  • A DIY city-wide celebration when almost any way to make music can and will happen.
  • 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?

On the summer solstice, Monday, June 21, 2021 at locations throughout the City of Madison!

Who is Make Music Madison?

Make Music Madison takes a dedicated team of volunteers to bring it all together. Our small board (Jamie Kember (president), Ashley Massart (treasurer) and Michael Anderson (secretary)) lead teams of volunteers focused on venues, musicians, matchmaking, technology, publicity, and fundraising. We have a single seasonal paid position, managing director Natasha Stevent Sattin. To join our merry crew, email us at


New Matchmaking Platform for 2021:

We’ve upgraded to a new registration and matchmaking platform. All 2021 musicians and venues will be prompted to create a NEW account and verify their email. Signing up is easy!

Click here to register as a venue or musician!

2021 Event Details:

Monday, June 21st, 2021
Performance from 8 AM – 9 PM
All participants must be within the City of Madison and follow the most up to date COVID ordinances from Public Health Madison and Dane County.

Musicians: All styles, ages and experience levels are invited to register to perform! You can play one set or schedule as many shows as you like.

Venues: Whether you have a garden, pontoon boat, sidewalk, or other outdoor space in mind, it’s easy and there’s no cost to participate.

Important Dates:

  • Deadline for New Registrations: Midnight, Tuesday, May 25th
  • Last Day to Schedule and Confirm Shows: Midnight, Tuesday, June 1st
  • Venue Materials Pick Up: TBD, early June

What is Matchmaking?
Matchmaking is our system of connecting musicians with venues. After creating an account, venues can browse musician profiles and vice versa and participants can start sending out booking requests. A few tips:

  • Don’t be shy! Feel free send requests. It helps to put yourself out there and you can book as many shows as you want.
  • Respond to requests in a timely manner. No one likes to wait to hear back. If it’s not a good fit, let the other party know so they can move on.
  • Follow up! You can send direct messages through the system or reach out via phone or email.
  • In the end, just about everyone who wants to participate will match up. If you need assistance, send a message to

Wondering if you can host? Here are the guidelines…

  • Is your venue located in the City of Madison?
  • Is it free, outdoors, and accessible to the public?
  • Can you maintain a 6′ clearance on the sidewalk for pedestrian passage?
  • And of course, everyone must abide by the most up to date Public Health Madison and Dane County COVID orders.

Parks: Want to claim a city park for your stage? Email and we’ll set it up for you, no permitting or fees required.

Questions? – See our FAQ which covers many questions about matchmaking, registration, marketing, and more! Or email


Willie Wright at Blaze the Stage Hip Hop Experience at Warner Park. Photo by Ben Zastrow of Laura Zastrow Photography

Make Music Madison is a volunteer-organized event and thrives on community Support

Donate via PayPal

Donate via our 2021 Go Fund Me Campaign

Or  send a check 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.

Madison Scouts at Breese Stevens Field. Photo by Maddee MacLeod



Sponsorship Opportunities

Our partners benefit from co-marketing with an event that has become a summer highlight, and receive extensive exposure through 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





Platinum Partners

Madison Arts Commission logo


Gold Partners




Silver Partners

Farley's House of Pianos

Madison Chocolate Company

Solidarity Realty


Media Partners

   Wisconsin Public RadioWORT - 89.9 FM


Calling all sound samplers!! Want to share a sample with an international audience and create a song using samples from others? Check out MixMash Studio!

Sound samples can be submitted starting one month from today! Learn more at:

Folk music exists across the world but is unique amongst each why not share your folk songs in a global exchange? Checkout the Global Folk Exchange hosted by Make Music UK!

Share a folk song by May 14th:

Drummers Unite! Calling all drum groups to participate in an international drum battle hosted by Make Music UK!

Register before Friday, May 21st:

Are you a songwriter looking to share your original music? Do you enjoy covering music from others? Check out the #mysongisyoursong international songwriting swap!

Registration opens tomorrow, May 1 at

80 shows booked so far at 45 locations all over town!! It's going to be great #makemusicday! Register to perform or host musicians at All ages, skills, genres and all kinds of Madison locations welcome.

Register by midnight, May 25th and shows must be booked by midnight, June 1st.

Photo of Saaz performing on State Street. 2019 by Ben Zastrow of @laurazastrowphoto

Thank you to the immensely talented @avalonclareillustration at @underbelly.creative for this year's featured art! We're just in looove with 2021's colorful event images. Avalon is a digital illustrator who hails from Colorado and you can see more of her work at ...

Do you love Make Music Madison? We're reaching out to ask for a helping hand covering the last $5,000 of our annual budget so we can bring you this year's musical extravaganza.

We're so super grateful to you, Madison, for your open arms as you've shown up year after year! You've rocked, sang along, and jammed all over the city summer after summer. We CAN NOT wait to see everyone on June 21st!

Thank you so much!

Donate at

Almost 50 performances booked for June 21st! Inviting musicians and venues to register TODAY at to share in the citywide and global music celebration. Go online to browse musicians and venues or book your own performers. Shows need to be scheduled by June 1st at the latest.

@Public Health Madison & Dane County safety orders to be followed to keep everyone safe for this outdoor musical extravaganza.

Huge thanks yous go out to our friends and sponsors at @planningmadison & Madison Arts Commission
@capitalmusicgear @farleyspianos @lizquinnhomes @metcalfesmarket @wisconsinpublicradio @wortfm

Photo Credit: Malcolm Shabazz City-High Fiddle Class by @laurazastrowphoto

Musicians and venue registration is GO for our outdoors and in person @makemusicday happening worldwide Monday, June 21st! Sign up today and start booking shows through our new matchmaking system at

Final day to book is June 1st but the sooner the better! #makemusicday #madisonmusic

Volunteers! Join us ramping up to Make Music Day happening all over the planet on Monday, June 21st. We are SO excited to be in person all over the city for a welcome day of music!

Whatever your skills or interests, we would love a hand getting the day up and running. Marketing, venues or musician outreach, random acts of help?

Join us on Tuesday, April 13th at 6:00 PM via Zoom. Please register ahead of time and link will be sent your way. #makemusicday

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Photo Cred: UW Alumni Association. 2019.

Aaah spring! 🌷Couldn’t have had a better weekend to share the good news that we’ll be live and back in person this June 21st for a distanced yet happy @makemusicday. 🎸🎤🎵Venues are welcome to pop on over to our website to register now at and musician registration starts April 10th.
All levels, skills, and genres welcome. Can’t wait to see y’all!

Global Make Music Day is two days away. With livestreamed Madison concerts all day, lessons on 25 instruments (there's even a voice lesson taught by a Hamilton cast member), production, composition, instrument making, song swapping, and a city-wide at-home drumming session.
Members of the same household welcome to participate in any event! We're being extra safe this year without the usual in person concerts but the music will go on! Full schedule at
Please help us raise funds for Urban Community Arts Network (dedicated to equity in Music in Madison) and to local musicians who have been economically affected by COVID. Funds will be split evenly beterrn these two important causes. If you can, please contribute here:

Happy Father's Day. Make Music Day and Summer Solstice!

This Sunday, June 21 at 5:00pm ET, join us for The Heart Chant, a world-wide musical exchange led by IONE, Claire Chase, and Racquel Acevedo, hosted by the MUSIC on the Rebound and the International Contemporary Ensemble for #MakeMusicDay.

The Heart Chant is one of composer Pauline Oliveros’s “Deep Listening” meditations, written in response to the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001. Last Make Music Day, nearly a dozen Heart Chants took place on three contents. This year, people anywhere in the world are invited to join this virtual performance for an offering of sonic healing through listening and vocalization. No music experience is necessary!

Tune in live from your phone or computer to be a part of a uniquely powerful collective that we need more than ever in this time of social distance and unrest. Register here:

@makemusicday's #BashTheTrash Instrument Making Party with @bashthetrash’s John Bertles is at 1PM on June 21st! 🥁🗑🎵 #MakeMusicDay ⁣

Register for Zoom info via to participate or stream the class live via the link in bio! ⁣

#MakeMusicDay #BashTheTrash #MakeMusicDay2020

All day virtual lessons June 21st! Make Music Day is the perfect opportunity to shake the dust off your instrument and start playing again, or to pick up an instrument for the first time.

Banjo, bassoon, cello, clarinet, DJ/electronic, electric and double bass, drum kit, flute, french horn, guitar, harmonica, mandolin, oboe, organ, pBuzz, percussion, piano, saxophone, trombone, trumpet, ukulele, viola, violin, voice and more!

Visit the Make Music Day site for details

One week to go! Sign up today. Musicians of all ages, genres and abilities are welcome to perform on Make Music Day, a virtual and global festival.

Copy and paste the Google form to sign up by Wednesday at midnight:

Full schedule will be posted June 18th.

Make Music Madison will be dedicated to raising funds for racial justice in music and to support local musicians who have lost income due to COVID. Half of the money raised will be donated to Urban Community Arts Network - UCAN which is dedicated to supporting sustainability in the Madison Hip-Hop community and advocating for equity in the local arts and entertainment. The other half will go directly to helping musicians economically impacted by the pandemic. Please visit our support page here to donate via Paypal. www/

Musicians and artists who have lost income due to COVID, the next deadline for the Dane Arts Need Grants (DANG!) is tomorrow at 4:00. Request up to $500. Applications will be accepted, until all the funds have been allocated, for every two weeks following, applications can be submitted by 4pm Friday: 6/26, 7/10, 7/24. "The County Executive and County Board of Supervisors have added $100,000 in support of the Dane Arts Need Grant (DANG!) program." ...

Happening tonight! DIVISION 2: JUNE 11TH @ 7 p.m., head over to to watch 4 bands compete for your vote!!!!!! During the broadcast, you can vote for your favorite performance via a “Donate” button at the link above.

Each dollar you spend = a VOTE for the band(s) of your choice. The band with the highest votes heads to the FINAL FOUR 😍 Voting will remain open for 4 days!!

Youth in grades 6-12 can still sign up for a this virtual music workshop. "Join Kujichagulia's Virtual Juneteenth Celebration for our Youth Voices Matter Performing Arts Workshops as we work towards producing a final performance centered around the art of music. Some of history's most prolific music came out of the belly of civil rights movements and today is no different. Let's get our youth's voices written down in history."
Register Today: — with Kenneth R. Cole.

Make Music Day is a few weeks away and we are dedicating this year's event to helping local musicians who have been economically impacted by the pandemic and to racial justice. These are two issues we care deeply about. Please stay tuned for details.
Musicians are welcome to sign up to perform virtual Make Music Day concerts by June 17th using this Google form...all abilities, all genres welcome.

There are many of other virtual activities happening that day. Check our website for details from lessons to a global livestream and more.