Make Music

2019 Listings: Friday, June 21st



2020 is our fourth year for Make Music – Milwaukee and we couldn’t be more thrilled about the opportunities coming to our city. Read below for general information about the beginnings of Make Music Day.

Last year, over 1000 cities around the world threw citywide music celebrations on June 21.

It all started 38 years ago in France.

In 1982, Jack Lang and his staff at the Ministry of Culture dreamed up an idea for a new kind of musical holiday. They imagined a day where free, live music would be everywhere: street corners and parks, rooftops and gardens, store fronts and mountaintops.

And, unlike a typical music festival, anyone and everyone would be invited to join and play music, or host performances. The event would take place on the summer solstice, June 21, and would be called Fête De La Musique. (In French, the name means both “festival of music” and “make music!”)

Amazingly enough, this dream has come true. The Fête has turned into a true national holiday: France shuts down on the summer solstice and musicians take over. Almost 8% of the country (5 million people) have played an instrument or sung in public for the Fête de la Musique.

Three decades later, the holiday has spread throughout the world and is now celebrated in more than 120 countries. In the U.S., the presenting sponsor is the NAMM Foundation.



Want to play? There’s always room in the band.

We invite musicians, rappers and instrumentalists of all kinds to collaborate on making June 21 a musical masterpiece. Singers, church choirs, jazz combos, rock bands, glee clubs, MCs, marching bands, mariachis, and every other kind of musician, of any age group or skill level, are all welcome!


Beginning spring 2020 you can click on the button below, create an account, and get involved in Make Music Day as either an artist wanting to perform, or a venue looking to host artists! All genres, all ages are welcome to participate. At this time we are taking per-registrations by contacting

Sign up as a Performer or Venue


The more people we can gather to make Make Music Milwaukee the best event it can be, the merrier!

Have a special skill you’d like to put to work volunteering with Make Music Milwaukee?

Would you like more information for PR?   Able to donate your time, finances, or instruments?


We are now accepting tax-deductible donations through Arts Wisconsin. Please follow the link below to donate!



Whether it’s your first year or you’re a Make Music Day pro, we’re sure you may have questions!

Or, perhaps you’d like to find more ways to get involved in future efforts by Make Music – Milwaukee?

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We always need volunteers to host venues, perform, volunteer on the day of, or help plan!