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Make Music Madison 2020 – A Virtual Festival


Sunday, June 21st – Make Music Day – Father’s Day

Join musicians in over 120 countries and in communities all across Wisconsin.

This year, instead of gatherings and playing for live audiences, we welcome individuals or members of the same household to check out all the ways to experience and share music virtually.


Make Music Madison 2020 is dedicated to raising funds for racial justice in music and to support local musicians who have lost income due to COVID. Half the funds will go to the Urban Community Arts Network – UCAN, dedicated to supporting sustainability in the Madison Hip-Hop community and advocating for equity in local arts and entertainment. The other half will go directly to helping musicians economically impacted by the pandemic. Please use the following link which brings you to our Paypal.


From 30 Madison concerts, to dozens of lessons, a song swap, music writing, production, and instrument making, there is something for everyone

Click the following links or keep scrolling to learn more:

25X12: Live Online Lesssons

Bash the Trash – Instrument Making

Bedroom Studios – Music Production

Drumming from Your Doorstep

Flowerpot Music -Registration extended

Heart Chant – Musical Meditation – Registration still open

Her Infinite Variety’s Make Music Show on WORT

Global Livestream

US Landmarks Will Go Orange 

Live From Home – Madison Virtual Concerts

#MySongIsYourSong- Music Swap and Performance

This American Song – NEW!

Track Meet- A Musical Relay

World’s Smallest Marching Band


Live From Home Concerts

Illustration by Daniel Greenfeld of a finger tapping on a pianist's back    

Live from Home Virtual shows all day June 21st, presented by Madison artists. Click the musician’s name to be redirected to their Facebook or Instagram livestream and enjoy the show!

Audiences also can visit Facebook and Instagram and search #makemusicmadison, #makemusicday and #livefromhome to explore more performances.

9:30 AM
Dan Stier – Folk

9:30 – 10:30 AM
Michael McGrath – Fingerstyle guitar

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Matilda MusicA trip hop DJ set for feel good vibes. Performing on Twitch.

10:00 – 10:20 AM

The Mood Family Band – Our six piece family band plays an eclectic mix of music from many genres and eras

11:00 – 11:20 AM
Angela Puerta Music – Latin Rock and Colombian folklore

11:00 – 11:25 AM
Nicole Saunders – A girl, a guitar, and covers of the Beatles, Ingrid Michaelson, Ben Harper, and more

11:00 – 11:30 AM
Lynn Gillitzer – Guitar covers and originals – FREE keyboard giveaway contest

11:00 – 11:30 AM
Rhonda Chalone Music – Solo piano performance of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue

12:00 PM
Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society – Chamber music with a Bang! Pre-recorded at our summer chamber music festival.
Instagram performance posted here, Facebook here

12:00 PM
Madison Flute Club – Various pieces from Madison Flute Club members

12:00 – 12:10 PM
Rex Loker, Emily Loker and Tom Sinclair – Topical acoustic folk

1:00 – 1:15 PM
Gloria Hays – Traditional Hammered Dulcimer music with vocals

1:00 – 1:15 PM
Justin Sattin – Novice classical guitar

1:00 – 1:30 PM
Matt Rodgers Music – Solo & looped bass

1:30 – 2:00 PM
Grant McAndrew – Dance for people that can’t dance: IDM, EBM, ETC.

1:30 – 3:30 PM
Wild Hog in the Woods Coffeehouse – One song each from 27 different performers from past appearances at the Wild Hog! Variety of singer/songwriter, folk and acoustic music.

2:00 – 2:30 PM
Nick Venturella Endeavors – Original folk/pop music about life’s ups and downs underscored by a spirit of hope

2:00 – 2:10 PM
Joe Kemmerling – A pre-mixed recording of an original funk song played on 24 instruments by one musician

3:00 -4:00 PM
Jaime Guiscafre – Solo classical, Latin and original guitar music.

3:00 – 4:00 PM
Manwich B. – Solo singer/songwriter guitar/vocals covers/originals.

4:00 – 4:15 PM
Juciee Monroe – HIP HOP

4:00 – 6:00 PM
Stephanie Rearick, Bucky Pope, together and separate piano based classical/cabaret/pop

5:00 – 5:45 PM
J. Marsden – Guitarist/singer/songwriter combining influences of Neil Young, John Frusciante, and Alice in Chains to create his own take on 90’s era acoustic grunge rock

5:00 – 5:10 PM
South Owen Drive Sax & Drums – A few songs, various styles

7:00 – 7:05 PM
Forward! Marching Band – Madison’s own activist street band, committed to social justice, to joy, and to fun. BLM!

7:00 – 7:45 PM
Seraphina Provenzano – Singer-songwriter with a knack for playing intricate fingerstyle guitar and writing lyrics that tell a story

7:00 PM
Lil Guillotine – Revolutionary Hip Hop

8:00 PM
Drumming from Your Doorstep
From 8:00-9:00 PM on June 21st, everyone is invited to join the city-wide drumming session from your front door. Individuals and members of the same household, head outside to your patio, stoop, or front porch to top off Make Music Day. Let’s hear drumming in all corners of Madison. In partnership with Make Music Australia and Make Music China, the Make Music Alliance invites everyone to record and post a musical performance from home on June 21. For safety, instead of gatherings or playing for audiences, individual musicians and members of the same household are invited to play from home. You can even tag a few friends to challenge them to do the same.


Global Livestream

On June 21, music rings out simultaneously across more than 120 countries. Whether you are beneath a skyscraper in Beijing or along the shore of a small Greek fishing village, you will find people making music. Visit the Make Music Day Global Livestream website on June 21st to listen to musicians from all over the world.

Drumming from Your Doorstep

From 8:00-9:00 PM on June 21st, everyone is invited to join the city-wide drumming session from your front door. Let’s hear drumming in all corners of Madison. Individuals and members of the same household, head outside to your patio, stoop, or front porch to top off Make Music Day.


25×12: Live Online Lessons

Dozens of free online lessons!

Take a voice lesson with Hamilton cast member, Daniel James Belnavis, or a classical guitar lesson with Madison’s own Emmy award winning Jaime Guiscafre.

Visit the Make Music Day Live Online Lessons page for details.

This June 21, music teachers from around the world will offer 12 hours of free, online group lessons for 25 different instruments, at a range of levels from beginning to advanced. Jump around to sample a range of instruments, or binge on 12 straight hours of your favorite.

Teachers and master musicians include Chelsea Starbuck SmithElise EcklundAndy BlancoKanako Shimasaki, and Caleigh Drane.



Her Infinite Variety on WORT – Make Music Madison Show 

Celebrating women in music and arts! Tune in to Cooper Talbot’s weekly show on FM 89.9 WORT from 12:00-2:00 PM. This weekend’s show will be dedicated to Make Music Day featuring Madison’s local talent.

Image may contain: 1 person, standing Logo for WORT 89.9 FM Madison, WI


Bedroom Studios

Update: A dozen Bedroom Studios are ready to go! Record your voice, your instrument, or your found sound and send to our producers, then watch them turn your contribution into a brand new piece. All details here.

Work with producers around the world like Ale Medina, J Dash, Algernon Artworks, Ben ‘Arsenal’ Schneible, Natie (shown from left to right).

This American Song

This American Song is a new Make Music Day initiative, capturing the stories and experiences of ordinary people from around the country at this unprecedented time.

Working through our local chapters, the Make Music Alliance has lined up fifty people of all ages with a story to tell, one in each of the 50 States, along with fifty professional songwriters in a variety of styles.

On the morning of June 21, Make Music Day, each songwriter will video chat with one interviewee for an hour. In the afternoon, they will write a song inspired by their conversation. And that evening, they will do a second video chat with the person and give a live, private performance of the song they’ve just written.

Afterwards, videos of all fifty songs will be available on our website, opening a window into American lives and showing the power of music to connect us.

Special thanks to:



This Make Music Day, we invite you to join in a local music song swap, where you will learn a song by another local artist, and hear yours covered in return. Songwriters and composers of all styles and walks of life are invited to participate in #MySongIsYourSong.

Find a partner in your community or beyond, swap songs, and learn them for June 21st. Share your videos on social media with #MySongIsYourSong to be a part of the celebration!

Email to let us know you’ll be participating!

Illustration by Daniel Greenfeld of two singers overlapping



Iconic buildings and landmarks will light up in orange across the United States on June 21, 2020 in support of Make Music Day. Click to see the complete list.

Track Meet

This year for Make Music Day, join composers, producers and songwriters from around the world in a collaborative race against the clock.

Over the course of six hours, teams of four musicians will create brand new original tracks in a creative relay. Using the virtual audio workstation SoundTrap, each musician will get 90 minutes to add their contribution before the next teammate takes over. At the end of the day, we will bounce each team’s track and host them online for everyone to hear.

Interested in joining the Track Meet? Register to be matched with a creative team or sign up with your own group of four musicians by June 7th.

How It Works

  1. If you are in North or South America, complete the registration form here. Registration for other parts of the world will be available soon.
  2. On June 14th, we will connect you with your teammates and assign your timeslot. Set up your SoundTrap account (a free version is available) and get familiar with it.
  3. When you start composing on June 21, you will have 90 minutes to work. Your contribution should use one instrument family, with your tracks marked with your assigned color. You must not edit any of your teammates’ tracks.
  4. After 90 minutes, the next team member will take over. Once your time is up, you cannot modify anything you’ve created.
  5. When everyone’s time is up, you have 30 minutes to revise your work together, and come up with a title. After 30 minutes, we will collect your work, in whatever state it’s in, and share it with the world!


Illustration by Daniel Greenfeld, musicians collaborating on a track

Heart Chant

Heart Chant – 5-6 pm ET

Registration to join this world-wide virtual performance of sonic healing and meditation is still open! Register here:

“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:

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World’s Smallest Marching Band

French Horn

Since 2011, dozens of Make Music Day celebrations around the country have featured the “Sousapalooza” – an invitation for hundreds of brass, wind, and percussion players to come together and sightread the music of The March King, John Philip Sousa.

In 2020, in lieu of these massive ga

therings, Make Music Day will explore the other end of the scale with The World’s Smallest Marching Band. Individual brass and wind players will parade through cities, by themselves, playing band repertoire to people listening from their homes or workplaces. These Pied

Pipers (without rats or children) can bring musical joy in a year when parades are far and few between.

Interested in being a tiny marching band for Make Music Day? Contact Jonah Udall at

And check back soon to find a World’s Smallest Marching Band coming to you!


Bash The Trash

This Make Music Day, join Bash the Trash Environmental Arts in raising awareness about trash pollution by building fun instruments from found objects!

The performers and educators of Bash the Trash are offering their innovative designs for wind, percussion and string instruments for an exciting new approach to building instruments from everyday refuse. These amazing instruments tackle issues of waste and offer us an opportunity to look at “trash” in a new way.

And thanks to D’Addario’s Playback String Recycling program, free used guitar strings will be sent to you upon request to use for the Diddley Bow – just tell us where to send them.

Once you’ve built your instruments, play “Ode to Joy” or “Baby Shark” and post it with the hashtags #BashTheTrash #MakeMusicHomeMade and #LessTrashMoreMusic to join in the celebration. Visit the Make Music Day website for videos on how to create your instruments.

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