Make Music Madison 2021 is a GO for a safe, outdoor, and in person celebration on June 21st, International Make Music Day, but we need your help! Like so many non-profits, due to the pandemic we're operating on just a fraction of our usual annual budget. To make this day a reality, we are asking for your support in covering part of our marketing and administrative costs. $5,000 will go a long way in paying for advertising, banners, artwork, licensing fees, and much more.
Make Music Madison is part of Make Music Day, an annual global music celebration happening in over 1,000 international cities around the world. It’s a free, citywide, outdoor day of music held every year on the summer solstice. Initiated in 2013 as Madison’s entry into the international summer solstice music celebration, we will join hundreds of millions of people all over the world on June 21st.
It's a big haul and we're sincerely grateful for any support you can chip in. Thank you kindly.
Tremendous thank yous to our friends and sponsors at City of Madison Planning and Madison Arts Commission, Capitol Music Gear, Farley's House of Pianos, Liz Quinn Homes, Madison Chocolate Company, Wisconsin Public Radio, & WORT.
And please mark your calendars for a much needed musical extravaganza on Monday, June 21st. Dozens of locations all over the city will host music from 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM. Full schedule available in early June at www.makemusicmadison.org.
ABOUT MAKE MUSIC:
Last year, over 1,000 cities around the world threw citywide music celebrations on June 21.
It all started 38 years ago in France.
In 1982, France’s 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.
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