Make Music


2020 is our fourth year for Make Music Milwaukee!  With all the changes happening in the world Make Music Day may look different this year, but we plan to keep the music playing no matter what! Whether virtually or in person, we always look forward to celebrating music in Milwaukee with you on June, 21st.

In the interest of safety and accessibility, Make Music Milwaukee is going virtual this year on June 21st, 2020. Make Music is part of Make Music Day, the worldwide music celebration held each June 21, the summer solstice. Typically featuring free outdoor concerts, performances, music lessons jam sessions and other musical events on streets, sidewalks, parks and public spaces in Milwaukee and across the U.S., this year’s Make Music Day will take a virtual approach to encourage all people, of all musical abilities, to celebrate the joy of making music. Over 85 U.S. cities and the entire states of Connecticut, Hawaii, Vermont and Wisconsin will take part in Make Music Day 2020, further demonstrating the power of music to unite and uplift people, spread joy and build community amid this challenging and unprecedented time.

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

It all started 39 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.

Check out highlights from Make Music Milwaukee HERE!


Want to play? There’s always room in the band. Join this Celebration of Milwaukee Music – now virtual for 2020!

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! Make Music Milwaukee on June 21st, 2020 will be taking place virtually, so you can perform any time, from any where! Make sure to register below so we can share your performance and tune in!


To participate, create an account, and get involved in Make Music Day as either an artist wanting to virtually perform, or a venue looking to host artists Live on their Facebook page! All genres, all ages are welcome to participate.  If you have any specific questions about registration you can contact

Check out these FREE National Make Music Day Projects, happening ALL DAY on June, 21st!

Opportunities Include:

  • Bash The Trash
  • Bedroom Studios
  • Flower Pot Music
  • Global Live Stream
  • Landmarks (The Milwaukee County Historical Society and The Pfister Hotel are lighting up orange this year!!!)
  • Live From Home
  • Mass Appeal
  • #MySongIsYourSong
  • This American Song
  • Track Meet
  • 25×12 Live Online Lessons (Call Brass Bell Music Store to get a FREE Hohner Harmonica for your lesson!)
  • Window Serenades
  • World’s Smallest Marching Band
  • Young Composer Contest




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!