Make Music Madison

Make Music Madison


Make Music Madison is a free, citywide day of music every June 21. We are part of Make Music Day, a celebration that occurs in 1,000+ cities across the globe. Madison began participating in 2013 and now boasts the largest event in the country. Parks, porches, restaurants, shops, worship spaces and more fill with music for all to enjoy!

Anthem written & produced by 2023 Musician-in-Residence Corey Whitmore, vocals by Alise Mosley.


  • Performed by Anyone, Enjoyed by Everyone.
  • Celebrating the summer solstice.
  • Buffet of musical merriment.
  • DIY city-wide festival.

Annually on June 21.

Over 100 locations throughout the City of Madison.

Open to music makers of all ages, skill levels, & musical persuasions, and hosts for all types of locations.

A map of the city of Madison showing the locations of nearly 200 venues in 2023 for Make Music Madison
2023 Make Music Madison Venue Map

Make Music Madison, Inc. is operated by

  • Meri Rose Ekberg, Managing Director
  • Tzêra, Musician-in-Residence
  • Jamie Kember, Board President
  • Ashley Massart, Board Treasurer
  • Kristian Petrov Iliev, Board Secretary
  • Alex Squitieri, Board Member
  • Emily Goretski, Board Member
  • Fran Genter, Board Member
  • Jess Johnson, Board Member
  • Nikeya Bramlett, Board Member
  • Mason Higgins, Board Member
  • David Moser, Board Member

+ Volunteers. Learn how to join our merry crew!


Registration Dates

  • Registration Opens: April 1 at  8:00 AM
  • Registration Closes: June 1 at 11:59 PM
  • Venue Material Pick Up: June 8 from 11 AM – 2 PM

How To Register Videos

Who Can Participate?

All ages, skill levels, and styles. You can play one show or as many as you’d like.

Hosting can be as simple as providing space on your porch or as complex as renting a stage and sound equipment. Hosts control the location, performance times, and list available equipment. Sites must:

  1. Be within the City of Madison
  2. Be free and accessible to the public
  3. Maintain space on the sidewalk for pedestrians

What is the Matchmaking System?

The Matchmaking System connects venues and musicians. After creating an account, venues and musicians can browse each other’s profiles to request a booking. If you already have your event planned and do not need the matchmaking tool, list your event following the video linked above.

Participant Resources

Once you are registered and matched, explore Participant Resources.


See Frequently Asked Questions for help with matchmaking, registration, marketing, and more!

Tamara Gruber at Bonnie’s Driveway, 2023


2024 Listings: Friday, June 21st



Willie Wright at Blaze the Stage Hip Hop Experience at Warner Park. Photo by Ben Zastrow of Laura Zastrow Photography

Make Music Madison thrives on community support

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.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Our partners benefit from extensive exposure through print, radio and digital advertising. When the Solstice rolls around, we are everywhere. To learn more about sponsoring this event, please view current sponsorship opportunities or contact us at

2024 Stadium Level Sponsors
2024 Theater Level Sponsors
2024 Club Level Sponsors
2024 Café Level Sponsors
Capital Music Gear
Make Music Madison is supported in part by grants from the Madison Arts Commission & Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.

2024 Media Partners



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