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.
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 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 several seasonal paid positions staffed by managing director Natasha Stevens Sattin and project assistant Meri Rose-Ekberg . To join our merry crew, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.
Deadline for New Registrations: Midnight, Tuesday, May 25th
Last Day to Schedule and Confirm Shows: Midnight, Tuesday, June 1st
Venue Materials Pick Up: Saturday, June 5th 10 AM – 12 PM & Sunday, June 6th 12 PM – 2 PM
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 email@example.com.
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?
Thank you for joining us for Make Music Madison 2021! We encourage you to walk or bike between venues when possible. Don’t forget to bring cash to tip the musicians, hydrate throughout the day, and use sunscreen. Have a great time and tag us on social media @makemusicmadison.
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.
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.
THANK YOU FOR BEING A PART OF MAKE MUSIC DAY!
- 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!
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 : )...
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
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 : )...
The world has endured a tragic year. Millions have died from COVID-19, and social, cultural, and economic life has been curtailed everywhere. With vaccinations accelerating, life in many places is on the road back to normal. But before life can feel truly normal, we must memorialize the devastation of the past year. Our response is an initiative called This Moment In Time.
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!...
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We'd like to give a big shout out to Farley's House of Pianos for being amazing Silver Partners and supporting Make Music Madison! Don't forget to stop by Metcalfe's between 10 AM - 6 PM on Make Music Day to see piano entertainers presented by Farley's House of Pianos!...