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Info Meeting on Make Music Day in Wisconsin

Lind Pavilion, Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts, Mineral Point
Monday, October 28, 7 – 8 pm | free and open to the public | all are invited

Arts Wisconsin is teaming up with Make Music Day, a worldwide celebration of music, to get people, organizations, businesses and communities throughout Wisconsin interested and involved in music and community, and to promote Make Music Day in Wisconsin as an annual event.   


Aaron Friedman, Director of Make Music Day, based in NYC, will be traveling around Wisconsin October 26-30, 2019, to promote Wisconsin’s participation statewide in Make Music Day. The next Make Music Day will happen worldwide on Sunday, June 21, 2020.  

Everyone interested in participating in Make Music Day in Wisconsin is invited to a community meeting with Aaron Friedman of the Make Music Alliance and Anne Katz of Arts Wisconsin on Monday, October 28, 7 – 8 pm, at the Lind Pavilion, Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts, 411 Commerce Street, Mineral Point.  Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts is hosting this meeting in partnership with Arts Wisconsin.


Make Music Day began in France in 1982 as the Fête de la Musique, and has spread to over 1,000 cities across 120 countries. Completely different from a typical musical festival, Make Music Day concerts are performed by anyone who wants to take part and enjoyed by everyone who wants to attend. From classical to folk, hip hop to opera, Latin jazz to punk rock, live music of all kinds resounds on streets, sidewalks, porches, plazas, parks, gardens, store fronts and other public spaces on the longest day of the year.   Any musician, amateur or professional, young or old, and businesses, buildings, schools, churches and synagogues, and other institutions, can participate. This is a great opportunity for community building, cultural development, and creative placemaking around a musical holiday.


Musicians, elected officials, business people, educators, civic leaders, and the general public are invited to attend the meeting, which will feature information about the global Make Music Day event and Make Music Wisconsin participation by communities large and small.  Refreshments will be provided.  RSVP to Arts Wisconsin, at akatz@artswisconsin.org (RSVP-ing is helpful so we know how many people to plan for).  Street parking is available.


All Wisconsin communities are encouraged to participate in Make Music Wisconsin.  Seven Wisconsin communities (Appleton, Land o’Lakes, Madison, Milwaukee, Platteville, Reedsburg, and Rhinelander) are already involved with Make Music Wisconsin, and that number will grow starting in 2020.  The Make Music Wisconsin meetings tour will also include stops in Eagle River, Green Bay, Kenosha, La Crosse, Madison, Sheboygan, Stevens Point, and Washburn.


Make Music Day is presented by the NAMM Foundation and coordinated by the nonprofit Make Music Alliance. More info at www.makemusicday.org.   Arts Wisconsin is Wisconsin’s community cultural development organization, the only independent statewide organization providing a leadership forum to advance the local and statewide creative economy, integrate the arts and creativity in education, educate entrepreneurs and activists, and engage policy-makers and the public as a catalyst for dialogue, information, and action. More info at www.artswisconsin.org.

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