Make Music Wisconsin

Global celebration of music and community on June 21, 2020

Arts Wisconsin, the state’s community cultural development organization, has teamed up with Make Music Day, a worldwide celebration of music, to host Make Music Wisconsin.  This annual celebration is all about getting people, organizations, businesses and communities throughout Wisconsin interested and involved in music and community.  The next Make Music Day will happen on Sunday, June 21, 2020.

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.

These communities are participating in Make Music Wisconsin 2020 (with more communities to be announced soon):  Appleton, Barron, Chequamegon Bay, Fitchburg, Green Bay, Kenosha, Land O’Lakes, Madison, Milwaukee, NW Wisconsin (Frederic and Webster, with more communities TBA), Platteville, Reedsburg, Spring Green, and Waupaca.

Statewide partner organizations Wisconsin Public Radio, Wisconsin Department of Tourism, and Wisconsin School Music Association are working with Arts Wisconsin to spread the word through  promotion and visibility.

The website will be operational soon, so bookmark the URL and check back as we get closer to June 21.

More information from the national Make Music Alliance:

Make Music Day is presented by the NAMM Foundation and coordinated by the nonprofit Make Music Alliance. More info at   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

There’s still time to sign up as a Make Music Wisconsin community!  Contact Anne Katz, Director of Arts Wisconsin, at or 608 255 8316 to discuss your community’s participation in Make Music Wisconsin.