Make Music


2022 is our sixth year for Make Music Milwaukee!  Whether virtually or in person, we always look forward to celebrating music in Milwaukee with you on June, 21st.

Make Music is part of Make Music Day, the worldwide music celebration held each June 21, the summer solstice. Featuring concerts, performances, music lessons jam sessions and other musical events on streets, sidewalks, parks and public spaces in Milwaukee and across the U.S.  Make Music Day encourages all people, of all musical abilities, to celebrate the joy of making music.

Over 1000 cities around the world have celebrated Make Music Day! 

It all started 40 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.

Four 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.

Check out highlights from Make Music Milwaukee HERE!



Want to play? There’s always room in the band. Join this Celebration of Milwaukee Music on June, 21st!

We invite musicians and venues 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! Make Music Milwaukee on June 21st, 2022 will be taking place virtually and in-person, so you can perform any time, from any where! Make sure to register so we can share your performance and tune in!

Get involved in Make Music Day as either an artist wanting to perform, or a venue looking to host artists in-person or online! All genres, all ages are welcome to participate.  If you have any specific questions about registration you can contact

Make Music Milwaukee Highlight Video

2022 Listings: Tuesday, June 21st


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 this link 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!