Make Music Madison is a free, citywide day of music held annually on June 21st, the longest day of the year. 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. Each year, coffee shops, restaurants, retail shops, centers of worship, front porches, parks, and other locations across Madison fill with music for everyone to enjoy!
Music “Performed by Anyone, Enjoyed by Everyone.”
A celebration of the summer solstice and the longest day of the year.
A buffet of musical merriment.
A DIY city-wide fest where anyway to make music can and will happen.
Open to music makers of all ages, skill levels, and musical persuasions.
When? Annually on June 21st
Where? Over 100 locations throughout the City of Madison!
Who? Meri Rose Ekberg, Managing Director Jamie Kember, Board President Ashley Massart, Board Treasurer Kristian Petrov Iliev, Board Secretary Alex Squitieri, Board Member Emily Goretski, Board Member Taeli Shea Turner Reistad, Board Member Fran Genter, Board Member
Musician Registration Opens & Matchmaking Begins: April 1st at 8 AM
Registration Closes: May 25th at 11:59 PM
Matchmaking Ends: June 1st at 11:59 PM
Venue Material Pick Up: June 10th 11 AM – 2 PM
Musicians: All styles, ages, and experience levels are invited to register to perform and participate on Make Music Day! You can play one set or schedule as many as you like.
Venues: Whether you have a garden, pontoon boat, sidewalk, café, or other space in mind, it’s easy and there’s no cost to participate. Venues must be:
In the City of Madison
Free and accessible to the public
Maintain a clearance on the sidewalk for pedestrian passage
Parks: Want to claim a city park for your stage? Use Find-a-Park to explore Madison Parks alphabetically or with the neat interactive map. Once you identify a park that meets your needs, email email@example.com and we’ll reserve it for you if it is still available, and we will pay for and process the required permit.
Mary Frantz played the keyboard at the WIDE-LP Radio Transmitter Garage in 2017. She turned 100 years old in May and plans to return to the venue this year for a special performance!...
Want to learn to play the harmonica?
There are two opportunities on Make Music Day with The Cash Box Kings and The Harmonica Man!
Visit our website to find out more information about the events!
Today is the last day to register to perform or host an event for Make Music Madison! Click the link in our bio to register now!
Anyone still finalizing shows who cannot meet this deadline should email firstname.lastname@example.org with their plans and any questions...
We’re always looking for new venues to host our performers! Looking to get involved and need help getting started? Check out this video to learn everything you need to know about how to register for Make Music Day 2023.
The artwork for Make Music Day 2023 is officially here! Thank you to Tyler Brusnell for sharing your talents with us and creating the artwork for this year!
Tyler Brunsell is an emcee and Co-Founder of Supa Friends, a Hip Hop group based in Madison, WI. While still unsure of his fullest potential as someone who creates, he's been included as a teaching artist in numerous Hip Hop literacy initiatives, such as Urban Community Arts Network's (UCAN) Academic Rap Up, a program that allows students to express their knowledge through rhyme. By day, Tyler's focus is geared toward administrative assistance for UCAN, podcast development for Studio 22, and graphic design, which leaves just enough room for him to continue defining his artistry under moonlight....
Calling all performers! Artist Registration for #makemusicday 2023 is now open. Anyone and everyone are invited to share their musical talents with the city of Madison on June 21st regardless of age, genre or experience level. If you love to make music, this is the event for you! Click the link in our bio to get started. Registration closes May 25th.
We are so excited for Make Music Madison 2023! To prepare, here’s a refresher on the essential information you need to know about Make Music Madison. We hope you come rock out with us on June 21st! #makemusicday #makemusicmadison...