Starting June 11th, music will once again fill the streets of Downtown Cincinnati. The Street Stage Project, powered by ArtsWave and produced by CMA & 3CDC, will return this summer with over 1,100 performances from over two-dozen local musicians across the city. This is a 20-week program that will run until October 31.
From its creation in 2019, Cincinnati Center City Development Corp. (3CDC) and the Cincinnati Music Accelerator (CMA), have managed and operated The Street Stage Project. This program would not have been possible without the support of ArtsWave, as they have been the main funder of this project. This venture enables new musicians to perform throughout key gathering places that are essential to creating and maintaining a vibrant urban core.
COVID-19 greatly impacted local artists in 2020. With the closures of concert venues, bars, and restaurants, and the cancelation of events, many musicians found themselves without opportunities to perform live. The Street Stage Project helped to fill this void last summer by giving artists a chance to perform and get paid, while at the same time keeping public spaces active and energized. Now that businesses are open and workers are returning to offices, Street Stage Project Artists will welcome workers and visitors back to a vibrant Downtown Core.
“ArtsWave is pleased to enliven the neighborhoods of downtown and OTR by presenting The Street Stage Project, where you will experience first-hand that live arts are back and ready to both greet and connect us all.” said Alecia Kintner, President & CEO of ArtsWave.
Performance locations may change throughout the 20 weeks but will be split between OTR and the Central Business District. Time slots at each location will vary between lunchtime (11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.) and early evening (5 p.m. to 7 p.m.) for 20 weeks: June 11-October 31. To find out where musicians are playing, follow The Street Stage Project on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/thestreetstageproject/.
The Cincinnati Music Accelerator will manage and facilitate talent for the project. The current musicians that will kick off the series are alumni who have graduated from the accelerator program. CMA will also accept new submissions from local musicians throughout the project. Interested musicians should visit www.streetstageproject.com for more information.
“The steady employment of artists helps communities prosper and create a diversified 21st-century economy: the arts provide jobs, attract visitors, create innovative products and shape community liveliness,” Kick Lee, founder of CMA, said. “CMA’s goal is to teach entrepreneurship to music creatives while simultaneously working to end starving artists. We do this by teaching them how to monetize their talent and learn all aspects of the business at a level that’s catered around their craft. Projects like The Street Stage Project provide exposure and an opportunity for artists to demonstrate their skills to a broader audience that they normally might not be able to reach.”