Make Music Wisconsin information meetings

For immediate release
Anne Katz, Director, Arts Wisconsin
608 255 8316 | akatz@artswisconsin.org
December 3, 2020

MAKE MUSIC WISCONSIN GEARING UP FOR 2021
organizers and musicians statewide are coming together
to participate in the annual global celebration on Sunday, June 21
Arts Wisconsin will host informational meetings December 14 and 15 – register here

Make Music Wisconsin is part of Make Music Daythe worldwide music celebration held each June 21, the summer solstice.   The next Make Music Wisconsin will take place on Monday, June 21, 2021.
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., Make Music Wisconsin encourages all people, of all musical abilities, to celebrate the joy of making music. Over 85 U.S. cities and a number of other states in addition to Wisconsin, take part in Make Music Day, further demonstrating the power of music to unite and uplift people, spread joy and build community in good and bad times.
Arts Wisconsin is coordinating Make Music Wisconsin efforts statewide and will host information sessions on two dates in December for people who are interested in MMW involvement in 2021.  Several current Make Music Wisconsin communities will be featured, Matt Fox of the national Make Music Alliance will discuss the big picture and details of local and national participation in Make Music Day, and there will be time for questions and comments during the sessions.  You’re welcome to attend whether you’ve decided to participate in MMW 2021 or not.
The information sessions will be held on these dates:
  • Monday, December 14, 2-3 pm
  • Tuesday, December 15, 10-11 am
Click here to register for one of the sessions.  An agenda and a Zoom link will be sent before each session.
Make Music Wisconsin communities in 2020 were Appleton, Barron, Burnett/Polk Counties, Chequamegon Bay (Ashland, Washburn, Bayfield, Red Cliff, Cornucopia, and Port Wing), Fitchburg, Green Bay, Kenosha, Land o’Lakes, Madison, Milwaukee, Platteville, Reedsburg, and Waupaca.
Make Music Wisconsin communities went mostly virtual in 2020, but included a number of appropriately “physically distant” performances on sidewalks, in parks, on docks, porches, bandshells, pavilions, and gazebos.   Depending on the state of the pandemic and its impact over the next six months, most communities will plan for a combination of virtual and in-person participatory musical experiences in 2021.
Partners in Make Music Wisconsin include Arts WisconsinWisconsin Public Radio, League of Wisconsin Municipalities, and Wisconsin School Music Association.  For more information, contact Anne Katz, Arts Wisconsin, 608 255 8316 | akatz@artswisconsin.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.