Make Music


This year, the challenges of COVID-19 makes Make Music Day a great opportunity to help lift our spirits and those of our neighbors and friends.  To keep us safe and healthy, all activities must integrate social distancing practices and other safety measures recommended by the State of Wisconsin at the time of the event.


Make Music Reedsburg is now part of international Make Music Day, which brings free, community-wide, in and outdoor musical celebrations to hundreds of cities worldwide. Make Music Day started in France in 1982 as the Fête de la Musique.  Every year, the celebration is held on June 21, the summer solstice, in hundreds of communities large and small around the globe. This is Reedsburg’s third year as a participating City!

Make Music Reedsburg is brought to you by an ad hoc group of volunteer music lovers looking to uncover, celebrate, and amplify the hidden and not so hidden talent among us.  This year’s effort will be coordinated by Reedsburg ArtsLink.


All Instruments • All Genres • All Levels • All Ages • All FREE

Make Music Reedsburg is a celebration of music and everyone’s innate ability to make music, whether you’re banging on a 5-gallon pail or playing a Bach Cello Suite.
On June 21st, we’re hoping to fill Reedsburg with as much free and fun music as possible. From parking lots to sidewalks, under business awnings and on front porches. All the town’s a stage on Make Music Day!

The challenges of Covid 19 present a great opportunity to help lift the spirits of ourselves and our community members.  Feel free to dedicate your performance–to Fathers (it’s Father’s Day after all!) and/or Health Care Personnel and other workers who’ve been on the front lines of getting us through this pandemic.  Live performances should integrate any social distancing requirements in effect for the State of Wisconsin as of June 21st. We’ll update you on those guidelines, once we get closer to the date. Online concerts and performances are also encouraged. Given the unknowns of the pandemic, we currently recommend that all venues be outdoors.

Let us know what you’re planning as soon as you are able but no later than Wednesday, June 17th. We’ll do our best to get the word out through “official” channels!

Sign-up NOW for Make Music Day 2020

We’re seeking both performers and venues for Make Music Reedsburg.  Feel free to let us know if you need help finding a venue.  We’ll do our best to help you out!  

Once you’ve registered with us, we can help promote your performance on our website and facebook pages.  Remember, all performances must be offered free to the public.  To register, just send the following information to


  1. Contact name 
  2. Group name
  3. Your email address 
  4. Your phone number
  5. A 30-50 word description of  what you’re planning
  6. The location and time of your performance or a request for help finding a venue
  7.  A photo of your performer/s if possible


  1. Contact name
  2. Your email address
  3. Your phone number
  4. Are you looking for musicians or do you have someone in mind?
  5. A description of your venue
  6.  When your venue is available
  7. A photo of your venue

Not sure about participating?  Have questions?  Want to kick around some ideas?  Just email with your questions. We love brainstorming and are happy to help you sort through any possibilities!

Programming Ideas

Please check out some project ideas that have been suggested or that are in the worksAll of these ideas take social distancing into consideration.


What:     Front Porch Concert Tour

Who:      Anyone who wants to make music 

Where:   Front Porches, Driveways, Front Lawns and Sidewalks 

When:    Sunday, 6/21/2020  11 am-9 pm

Registration Deadline:   Wednesday, June 17th at 11:59 PM. 

We’re looking for both musicians and front porches for this!  Please let us know if you’re interested in participating as a musician, or willing to host one that we find for you.  All musical acts, professional and amateur, all ages, are welcome. We’ll create a map of where and when all the performances will be.   

Other Ideas for Performers

Would you like to organize your own activity?  Go for it!  Just be sure you’re doing so safely!  And do let us know what you’re planning!

A Timed Bucket Drum Ensemble throughout the community.

State Solo and Ensemble Students perform under storefront awnings or elsewhere in the community

Online performances and “Watch Parties”

At 6 Feet Sing a Longs

Neighborhood Family “March and Sing” or “March and Play”performances

Father’s Day Caroling-visit a Father and serenade him!

One (hu)Man Bands-play your tuba, cymbals, or another marching band instrument while marching down a City Sidewalk.

Please check in with us here on the website, or on our Facebook Page for the updates on our Make Music Reedsburg plans! 


Activity Listings: Sunday, June 21st, 2020

To be Announced


Be a Volunteer!

Make Music Reedsburg has endless opportunities for all levels of talent to make FREE music possible. We will rely heavily on volunteers to keep things running smoothly leading up to and on June 21st!

Before the big day we need people to:

  • Spread the word–Promote Make Music Day
  • Help identify venues and make connections- Where would you like to see music happen this year on Make Music Day?
  • Encourage your friends and family to participate – it’s all for the joy of making music!
  • Make a donation. This effort will cost roughly $1,000 – Click Here to Donate

On the big day -June 21st

  • Be an ambassador – Talk to passersby about Make Music Day and answer any questions
  • Take lots of photos to share online!
  • Show your appreciation for performers by showing up 
  • Help with setup and breakdown between artists
  • Invite friends and family
  • Make Music!

Make a Donation or Sponsor

The cost for Reedsburg to host make Music Day will be roughly $1,000 including registration, administration and promotion. To make a donation to help Reedsburg ArtsLink cover these costs, please CLICK HERE.

Businesses and individuals are welcome to directly sponsor musicians for their venues!

Support Professional Artists who Participate

Professional musicians have been hard hit by Covid-19.  Although all performances are free to the public, musicians are welcome to collect tips, sell merchandise or otherwise promote themselves.  If you are able to sponsor a musician, let us know!


Get in touch with us at

Please remember we are all volunteers and we will respond as we are able.


Activity Listings: Sunday, June 21st, 2020

To be Announced