Make Music Madison is a free, citywide, outdoor musical celebration on June 21, with concerts on streets, sidewalks, and parks across the city. Register by MAY 6 to be part of the fun!
What is Make Music Madison?
Make Music Madison is an 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 provides us with our 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.
When and where will Make Music Madison take place?
The next Make Music Madison will take place on the summer solstice, Tuesday, June 21, 2016.
Who is Make Music Madison?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Register by May 6 to be a Make Music Madison performer or venue — it’s easy!
If you are a returning artist or venue, sign in with the same email address, and you’ll have the option to renew your account. First time? Our registration process is simple and allows you to add details about your venue, or about your performance.
Performers: create your profile by submitting a photo, description of your act, and any relevant website/social media links. Check out the available venues and bid on one that will fit your needs. The venue will confirm your request, and you’re good to go.
Venues: create a profile by submitting your location information and a description of the space. Check out musician profiles, then request a performance, or welcome musicians to bid on your space independently. Confirm the connection and make sure your space is ready to go on June 21st!
Want to claim a city park for your stage? Email us and we’ll set it up for you, with no permitting or fees required.
Make Music Madison is a volunteer-organized event and thrives on the support of our community.
What does it cost and where does the money go? The cost of bringing more than 400 concerts to over 100 venues across Madison in one day is roughly $55,000. Less, we like to say, than the cost of installing a traffic light. Far less.
The work of small army of volunteers makes it possible to pull this off on such a limited budget, but unavoidable costs remain, including: publicity and advertising that are critical to the success of the event, software development for the matchmaking system, a part-time managing director to coordinate the many volunteers and handle the administrative aspects of the nonprofit organization, and many smaller items such as insurance and event permitting.
Help cover these costs, and be part of bringing the musical merriment to the summer solstice!
Or checks can be sent to:
Make Music Madison
PO Box 5311
Madison, WI 53705
Make Music Madison is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; all contributions are 100% tax deductible.
Our sponsors benefit from co-marketing with an event that has become a summer highlight, and receive extensive exposure through print (including an Isthmus event program insert) and 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.
Make Music Madison 2016 sponsors include:
MINI of Madison
Murphy Desmond S.C.