Make Music Day – June 21, 2019

Over 500 free outdoor music making events to be held across the state as part of Annual Global Celebration

Six Wisconsin cities and towns will join forces to present over 500 free outdoor musical events on Friday, June 21 for Make Music Day, a global music celebration on the summer solstice each year that brings people of all ages and skill levels together to make music. This year, Appleton, Land O’Lakes, Madison, Milwaukee, Platteville, and Reedsburg join more than 80 other U.S. cities hosting thousands of Make Music Day performances across the country, as part of the world’s largest annual music event.

Make Music Day began in France in 1982 as the Fête de la Musique, and has spread to over 1,000 cities across 120 countries. Completely different from a typical musical festival, Make Music Day concerts are performed by anyone who wants to take part and enjoyed by everyone who wants to attend. From classical to folk, hip hop to opera, Latin jazz to punk rock, live music of all kinds resounds on streets, sidewalks, porches, plazas, parks, gardens, store fronts and other public spaces on the longest day of the year.

“Music is the universal language that brings people together, and Make Music Day will bring Wisconsin’s people and communities together through the power of music,” says Anne Katz, Director of Arts Wisconsin. “We’re thrilled for this opportunity to involve and benefit everyone, everywhere in the state.”

Highlights of the day will include:

  • Appleton: a collaboration between Heid Music, Mile of Music, and Appleton Downtown Inc., Make Music Appleton’s second year will feature arts organizations in the Fox Valley such as Expressive Therapies, New Horizons Band, and the Fox Valley Symphony In Harmony program, along with volunteers from Harbor House painting rocks for their “Hope Rocks” garden.
  • Land O’ Lakes: this Northwoods community will bustle with a variety of music performances throughout town, music workshops for kids, artists in “Sound Suits,” instruments to try out at the LOLA Center, and a street dance with a performance by Wausau WI duo Open Tab, all coordinated for the second year by Land O’ Lakes Arts.
  • Madison: the seventh annual Make Music Madison will include over 370 concerts at 100 locations including businesses, parks, libraries, and homes. From hip-hop stages to an open mic for kids, classical to blues, salsa bands to a cappella, the city becomes a stage. Make Music Madison is sponsored by a generous grant from Madison Arts Commission with additional support from Isthmus and Dane Arts, and partners Wisconsin Public Radio, WORT Community Radio, WSUM student radio and Digital 206 – La Voz de Latina America desde Wisconsin.
  • Milwaukee: now entering its third year, Make Music Milwaukee will feature performances and musical activities of all kinds at locations including the plaza outside the Fiserv Forum, Sabrosa Cafe and Gallery, and Beulah Brinton House. The celebration is sponsored by Brass Bell Music Store with support from Riverwest Radio.
  • Platteville: Platteville, WI celebrates their fourth year of Make Music Day with performances taking place from the highest point in Southwest Wisconsin (the World’s Largest “M”) to the subterranean Bevans Mine and from the bottom of historic Main Street to the top. This yearly community event has grown each year thanks to the Platteville Community Fund, West Music, and Heiser Hardware.
  • Reedsburg: in its second year, Make Music Reedsburg puts the culture back into agriculture with musical instruments made from shovels, and other inspired musical activities coordinated by the Wormfarm Institute.

Any musician, amateur or professional, young or old, is invited to visit, where you can find your nearest Make Music Day celebration and sign up to participate. Likewise, businesses, buildings, schools, churches, and other institutions can visit the website to offer their outdoor spaces as concert locations.

A full schedule of events will be posted on each city’s website in June:

For more information, contact Anne Katz, Arts Wisconsin, | (608) 255-8316.


About Make Music Day:  Held annually on June 21, Make Music Day is part of the international Fête de la Musique, taking place in 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. This year, 85+ U.S. cities are organizing Make Music celebrations, encompassing thousands of music making opportunities nationwide. Make Music Day is presented by the NAMM Foundation and coordinated by the nonprofit Make Music Alliance. More info at

About Arts Wisconsin:  Arts Wisconsin is Wisconsin’s community cultural development organization, the only independent statewide organization providing a leadership forum to advance the local and statewide creative economy, integrate the arts and creativity in education, educate entrepreneurs and activists, and engage policy-makers and the public as a catalyst for dialogue, information, and action. More info at