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

Make Music Madison will return Tuesday, June 21st, 2022. Coffee shops, restaurants, front porches, and businesses across Madison will fill with songs 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.


Over 100 venues participated in 2021.

On the summer solstice, Tuesday, June 21, 2022.

Over 100 locations throughout the City of Madison!

Who is Make Music Madison?
Make Music Madison is a dedicated team of volunteers and a seasonal Managing Director (Meri Rose Ekberg). Our board (Jamie Kember – president, Ashley Massart – treasurer, and Michael Anderson – secretary) lead teams of volunteers focused on venues, musicians, matchmaking, technology, publicity, and fundraising. To join our merry crew, email us at


We will announce the registration for performers and venues for 2022 sometime in March. Follow us on Facebook or Instagram to stay up to date!

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: TBA
  • Last Day to Schedule and Confirm Shows: TBA
  • Venue Materials Pick Up:TBA

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 to 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 the 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


Thank you for joining us for Make Music Madison 2021! We look forward to hosting Make Music Madison again next year on Tuesday, June 21, 2022. The schedule of events for 2022 will be posted a couple of weeks prior to the day of the festival. follow us on Facebook and Instagram @makemusicmadison for updates.

Curious about the scale of the event or past participants? Explore the 2021 Neighborhood Maps


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

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 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              Madison Community Foundation

Gold Partners

Silver Partners

Farley's House of PianosMadison Chocolate CompanySolidarity Realty

Media Partners

Wisconsin Public RadioWORT - 89.9 FM


Today is #GivingTuesday! Consider donating to Make Music Madison to support our marketing and outreach efforts in 2022!


Your support will help us:
- Pay a local visual artist to design our 2022 poster and promotional materials
- Print posters, banners, stickers, yard signs & more to get the word out
- Build relationships with new venue hosts and performers across the city to grow Make Music Madison

We have a new Managing Director!

The Board of Directors of Make Music Madison has contracted Meri Rose Ekberg to be the next Managing Director. Some of you may already know her through her work assisting on the 2021 festival, or through her previous experience managing Kids in the Rotunda, OnStage, and International Festival at Overture Center for the Arts. You can learn more about her at

Thank you, Natasha Sattin, for your years of dedication and hard work!

Mark your calendars for this Tuesday, November 30th and consider donating to support Make Music Madison! We are a small non-profit that thrives on community support. Help us continue to grow our annual musical extravaganza by donating this #GivingTuesday


Your donation will be used to support marketing and outreach efforts for Make Music Madison on June 21, 2022, including: hiring a visual artist to produce our annual poster & digital assets; printing promotional materials including posters, banners, stickers, yard-signs and more; outreach efforts to new venues and performers in our area.

- To all the performers who shared their art with us - You rock!
- To all the venue hosts who graciously welcome guests to their patios, front porches, driveways, parks, etc. - We couldn't have done it without you!
- To all the attendees who traversed the city and roamed their neighborhoods on the search for tunes - We appreciate you and hope you enjoyed the day!

THANK YOU to all the sponsors who made this possible:
Madison Arts Commission

And finally to our media partners @wisconsinpublicradio and @wortfm - Thank you for getting the word out about this wonderful event!

Enjoying Make Music Madison? Consider making a donation to our Go Fund Me campaign to support the project! Make Music Madison is a 501(c)(3) organization primarily supported by the City of Madison's room tax commissions thanks to the Madison Arts Commission. Due to financial impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, our funding was cut significantly this year, so all assistance is appreciate to help us cover the cost of putting on this wonderful event!

Off to a start at Hoyt Park with folk guitarist Rex Loker playing for @MSCR camps!! #makemusicday ...

Today is #makemusicday!

- Checkout the over 300 free performances at

- Hydrate, seek shade when needed, and use sunscreen!

- Support musicians with cash and digital tips!

We'd like to thank Solidarity Realty, LLC for being a Silver Partner sponsor and helping to support Make Music Madison 2021! If you stop by one of their open houses or pass their office on Willy Street, thank them for their support : ) ...

#makemusicday is tomorrow! Stop by the Garver Feed Mill for music from 3:30 - 8 PM, including one of my favorites @Limanya ...

Stop by the Neighborhood House Community Center from 6 - 7 PM on #makemusicday for danceable Latin rhythms presented by Lucky Voy & Alfers! ...

A big thank you to our silver partner @metcalfesmarket for sponsoring Make Music Madison 2021! We are lucky to have such a great community minded store in our city. Don't forget to stop by Metcalfe's on Make Music Day for piano entertainers from 10 AM - 6 PM. ...

The national Make Music Day administrators have put together an amazing lineup of free music lessons throughout #makemusicday! Have an instrument lying around you've been wanting to learn? Interested in joining a community of other musicians looking to expand their knowledge? Check out the schedule:

Ukulele by Flight - 10am-10pm ET
Brass by Jupiter - 1-9pm ET
Children's Music by Nuvo & Slippery Rock U - 10am-4pm ET
Music Production by DMI - 9pm-1am ET
Piano by MTNA - 10am-2pm ET (and perhaps longer!)
Harmonica by Hohner TBA

Checkout the Music Lesson Marathon schedule at:

Just a few more days until #makemusicday ! If you are excited about this event and want to hep keep it happening in future years, consider supporting our Go Fund Me campaign! Any amount helps as we are a non-profit organization funded in part by the Madison Arts Commission.

A shout out to the Madison branch of @heidmusic for sponsoring Make Music Madison 2021! Thank you for your support, it was really needed this year to help make this event successful and wow did it work! We have a great lineup of over 300 shows stretching throughout the city and we are looking forward to a fun-filled day : ) ...

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At noon local time on #makemusicday , three gong players in Madison — Andy Hanson, Neil Sisauyhoat, and Michael Winter — will join forces in the resonant space under the East Washington overpass and will play the gong for one uninterrupted hour.

All around us, an exquisite musical instrument hides in plain sight: the leaf.

In the hands of a master player, a humble leaf becomes a reed instrument like no other. Leaf playing has a long history in many nations around the world, including China, Cambodia, Australia, Brazil, Japan and Nepal. This Make Music Day, we celebrate these traditions, and invite music fans to find their favorite tree to try the world’s most common uncommon instrument.

Leaf Music programs on June 21 will include a Global Leaf Music Symposium, a Track Meet featuring leaf musicians, and instructional videos to help you turn your own greenery into a symphony.

Watch the symposium live on this page at 9:00am ET on June 21, or replay it throughout the day:

Thank you Liz Quinn Homes for sponsoring Make Music Madison as a Silver Partner! Your support was crucial to helping us fund this year's event that engages all communities of Madison in a day of live music. If anyone is looking for a a great real estate team, consider @lizquinnhomes and thank them for sponsoring MMM! ...

Stop by the @oldsugardistillery on #makemusicday for all sorts of good music, including the @tent_show_troubadours at 12 - 1:30 PM!

Thank you @capitalmusicgear for your generous support of Make Music Madison 2021! We appreciate your assistance in helping to make this year's festival happen in spite of all the struggles of the last year. ...

If you love drummers, mark your calendars on #makemusicday for Madison Japanese Taiko drumming Group "BENI Daiko" who will be performing at three different locations throughout the day:

Overture Center for the Arts at 12 PM - 1 PM

Unity of Madison at 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM

Hiawatha Circle Park at 4:15 PM - 5 PM