• Appleton Community Music, Inc

    Appleton Community Music, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 2021, to provide fundraising support to sustain the Mile of Music festival and other original music experiences in downtown Appleton.

    Launched in 2013, Mile of Music, the free original music festival (in downtown Appleton) has drawn up to 90,000 people from across the nation to Appleton each year since its inception and has an estimated economic impact of $4.5 million.

    We are a joint venture with Mile of Music with these shared goals:

    1. Keep the Mile of Music festival a free event to attend.
    2. Ensure Mile of Music Festival’s future sustainability.
    3. Create an outstanding experience for artists through fair compensation and the Mile of Music Artists Hospitality and Care Program.

    The Mile of Music Artist Hospitality & Artist Care Program offers artists who come to Appleton a long list of free wellness services, lodging/accommodations, food and beverage hospitality, and more. This program is a major factor in creating the welcoming and nurturing setting that Appleton has become for the touring artists who now call our community their second home. For ACM, building “The AHH Factor” – Appleton Hometown Hospitality – is a main goal.

    Appleton Community Music, Inc. is responsible for raising the funds to pay festival artist fees and the costs of housing, feeding and caring for the artists who play the festival.

    Attending Mile of Music is free, although creating a festival of this caliber is not.

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Go the Extra Mile

The Mile of Music Festival and Appleton have become famous nationwide as an outstanding place to play original music. Our appreciative audiences and the hospitality and care shown to visiting artists, make musicians from across the nation eager to perform at Mile of Music – many calling our community their “second home.”

There are many costs associated with the festival.
Your Donation to Appleton Community Music, Inc. goes directly toward:

  • Paying Mile of Music artists’ performance fees
  • Artist lodging and meals and hospitality
  • Artist wellness care programs
  • Participatory music education experiences  
  • Volunteer efforts connected to original music experiences
  • Community art programs with an original music focus
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Community involvement makes Mile of Music a one-of-a-kind experience. Click here to see our list of generous donors.

About Appleton Community Music, Inc.

Appleton Community Music, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit founded in 2021. Our board of directors are unpaid volunteers working to ensure the future sustainability of the Mile of Music Festival.
Appleton Community Music Volunteer Board of Directors 


  •  President - Nancy Krueger
  •  Vice President - Linda Garvey (Hilton Appleton Paper Valley)
  •  Treasurer - Rick Stezenski (Grant Thornton)
  •  Secretary - Adrienne Hartman (J. J. Keller & Associates)


  • Randy Bremhorst (Hoffman Planning, Design & Construction)
  • Tad Campana (Services Plus)
  • Cathy Harvath (Fox Communities Credit Union)
  • Ann Koenig (91.1 The Avenue)
  • Connor O'Brien (Legacy Private Trust Company)
  • Andy Stanczyk (Plexus)
  • Ann Vanevenhoven

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Contact Us to Learn How You Can Help

Appleton Community Music, Inc.
PO Box 1674
Appleton, WI  54912
(920) 659-0227