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Jason Busse of Fox Valley band Road Trip performs during the inaugural Street Music Week in downtown Appleton.
Street Music Week, a fundraiser for Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin, will return to downtown Appleton June 9-13 from noon – 1 p.m. daily. This is the second year Appleton has participated in the event, which began in Spokane, Wash., in 2003.
Throughout the five days, local musicians, dancers and general entertainers are encouraged to perform on the streets of College Avenue in downtown Appleton. Beginning at noon on any of the participating days, performers can pick up a collection bucket at Heid Music, 308. E. College Ave., and then choose a spot on the street to perform. At 1 p.m., participants return the buckets to Heid Music, along with any donations they received during their one-hour street performances. Though the event attracted mostly musicians in its inaugural year, all street performers are welcome, with proceeds benefitting Feeding America.
Appleton resident Audrey Hendrickson, who is a drummer and sales associate at Heid Music in downtown Appleton, pioneered the Appleton chapter of Street Music Week in 2013. After pitching the idea to Heid Music, Hendrickson soon landed sponsorships from Appleton Downtown, Inc., Harrison Printing & Promotions, LLC, Heid Music and non-profit partner, Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin.
Appleton became the second city in America to host Street Music Week with its inaugural event attracting over 150 performers and raising $1,629. Since 2003, Street Music Week in Spokane has raised over $40,000 in funds to help feed the hungry.