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Make Music Madison

June 21, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 pm

* Music
* Social

This Event: May be of interest to the LGBTQ community
Annual citywide, free, outdoor day of music held on the summer solstice, June 21. Initiated in 2013 as Madison’s entry into the international summer solstice music celebration, we join over 700 communities around the world in kicking off summer by filling the city with music. Make Music Madison turns the city into a stage, and offers a full spectrum of performers the opportunity to display their musical skills.

2016 will be the first mid-week event, opening new possibilities for venues and musicians. Coffee shops, restaurants and businesses all over Madison will be looking for musicians to fill their locations with song. Performers along the bike paths could bring music to the morning commute. Lunch patrons may find themselves serenaded by a middle school strings quartet. And after 5, the city will explode with music.

Make Music Madison is:

  • Performed by Anyone, Enjoyed by Everyone.
  • A way for all Madisonians to celebrate the summer solstice, enjoying the longest day of the year, while sampling a buffet of musical merriment.
  • A DIY city-wide celebration when almost any way to make music can and will happen.
  • Make Music Madison is open to music makers of all ages, skill levels, and musical persuasions.

Full list of 2016 Participating Venues | 2016 Participating Musicians
Make Music Madison may be Performed by Anyone, Enjoyed by Everyone, but it still takes a dedicated team of volunteers to bring it all together. We have a small board comprised primarily of group leads for larger teams of volunteers who focus on venues, musicians, matchmaking, mass appeal events, technology, publicity, and fundraising. In addition we have a single part-time paid position for our executive director.

Current board members include Elizabeth Simcock (president), Mark Fairchild (mass appeals), Jamie Kember (musicians), Beth Mastin (matchmaking), Sue Peck (fundraising), Jon Standridge (venues), and Mike Rothschild (president emeritus). Our executive director is Katherine Davey. Beyond this we have a great team of volunteers, and you can still be part of making 2016 amazing. To get involved, email us at info@makemusicmadison.org.


June 21, 2016
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
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