MAKE MUSIC WISCONSIN GOING (MOSTLY) VIRTUAL THIS YEAR
organizers and musicians statewide have developed new, creative, social distanced ways for anyone and everyone to participate in the annual global celebration on Sunday, June 21. Go to www.makemusicwi.org for more information
Make Music Wisconsin is part of Make Music Day, the worldwide music celebration held each June 21, the summer solstice. Make Music Wisconsin, with 13 participating communities throughout the state this year, is going virtual in 2020 on Sunday, June 21, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Typically featuring free outdoor concerts, performances, music lessons jam sessions and other musical events on streets, sidewalks, parks and public spaces in Wisconsin and across the U.S., this year’s Make Music Wisconsin will combine live and virtual approaches to encourage all people, of all musical abilities, to celebrate the joy of making music. Over 85 U.S. cities and the entire states of Connecticut, Hawaii, Vermont, in addition to Wisconsin, will take part in Make Music Day 2020, further demonstrating the power of music to unite and uplift people, spread joy and build community amid this challenging and unprecedented time.
Make Music Wisconsin communities in 2020, and highlights:
- Appleton: featuring free harmonicas and drumsticks at Heid Music locations www.makemusicday.org/appleton/
- Burnett/Polk Counties: performances in Frederic and Webster www.makemusicday.org/burnettcounty
- Chequamegon Bay (Ashland, Washburn, Bayfield, Red Cliff, Cornucopia, and Port Wing): musicians and singers of all ages and abilities are invited to get outside in small groups and send their music and voices across the waves of Chequamegon Bay, located on the Lake Superior – the largest fresh water lake in the world. www.makemusicday.org/chequamegonbay
- Fitchburg: Coffee shops, restaurants, businesses, and parks in Fitchburg will be filled with music. www.makemusicday.org/fitchburg
- Green Bay: small group performances all over the city, and, “Music on the Metro!” www.makemusicday.org/greenbay/
- Kenosha: invites musicians and instrumentalists of all kinds to collaborate on making June 21 a musical masterpiece. www.makemusicday.org/kenosha
- Land o’Lakes: Street musicians, various downtown locations, free music classes. www.lolaartswi.com
- Madison: from 30 Madison concerts, to dozens of lessons, a song swap, music writing, production, and instrument making, there is something for everyone www.makemusicmadison.org
- Milwaukee: over 63 artists and over 29 venues. www.makemusicday.org/milwaukee
- Platteville: “Ring in the Longest Day”-Platteville’s very own Wind Chime Ensemble from YOUR own back yard. www.makemusicday.org/platteville
- Reedsburg: featuring a Front Porch Concert Tour! www.makemusicday.org/reedsburg
- Waupaca: harmonica classes, virtual open mic, and campfire sing-along! www.makemusicday.org/waupaca
All Make Music Wisconsin communities are going virtual this year, with additional opportunities for appropriately “socially distant” performances on sidewalks, in parks, on docks, porches, bandshells, pavilions, and gazebos (if you’re going to be in the audience, make sure you wear a mask).
Partners in Make Music Wisconsin include Arts Wisconsin, Wisconsin Public Radio, and Wisconsin School Music Association. A full schedule of events is at www.makemusicwi.org. For more information, contact Anne Katz, Arts Wisconsin, 608 255 8316 | firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Make Music Day: Held annually on June 21, Make Music Day is part of the international Fête de la Musique, taking place in over 1,000 cities across 120 countries. The daylong, musical free-for-all celebrates music in all its forms, encouraging people to band together and play in free public concerts.. Make Music Day is presented by the NAMM Foundation and coordinated by the non-profit Make Music Alliance. For more information, please visit www.makemusicday.org.