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The MMAD Complete the Song! contest is complete! Tune in HERE to see the awards show and winners.

Music Makes a Difference (MMAD) is hosting a Songwriting Contest starting April 8, 2021. As part of the contest, MMAD will hire “Seed Artists” to record an original, partial song (melody, first verse, chorus) on video. The partial song videos can be of any musical genre (e.g., Americana, Folk, Hip Hop, Rock-n-Roll, etc.) MMAD will provide the partial songs to the contestants and require one song to be “completed” by the contestants each of the four weeks of the contest.  Click the Complete the Song! link to the left for more information.

Our Mission

At MMAD our vision is to use music to bring together the community to celebrate diversity, support musicians, and generate contributions for charities in the local community.


Music Makes a Difference! was founded by Bill Zorr in early 2017.  Bill was working regularly at a homeless shelter and supporting other organizations like Big Brothers/Big Sisters, but felt he could do more. Bill loves music and noticed how people of different backgrounds enjoyed musical events together, so it dawned on him to combine his passion for music with his passion for charitable causes and Music Makes a Difference! was born.

Music Makes a Difference! is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, staffed with volunteers, dedicated to supporting musicians with paid performances in venues around Madison and the surrounding area. Music Makes a Difference! then donates contributions it receives to local charitable organizations.

Music Makes A Difference was recently written about in the Isthmus. Read the full article Here


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MMAD is an awesome group who supports live music and local charities by hosting great live music events. I LOVE THEIR SHOWS!! Anita G.

You guys rock- literally and figuratively! Thank you for this wonderful gift, we’re honored. Helen

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