Starting May 31 and culminating with the return of BLINK, 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 800 performances from over two-dozen local musicians across the city. This is a 20-week program that will run until October 16.
The Street Stage Project was launched in 2019 by the Cincinnati Center City Development Corp. (3CDC) and the Cincinnati Music Accelerator (CMA) as a way to bring vibrancy to the streets of downtown and OTR and to support local musicians. Since the program began, it’s been made possible with the support of the tens and thousands of community residents who give generously to ArtsWave, the main funder in this project. This venture enables new musicians to perform throughout key gathering places that are essential to creating and maintaining a vibrant urban core.
“ArtsWave is pleased to enliven the neighborhoods of Downtown and OTR through the Street Stage Project, where you will experience first-hand that live arts are back and ready to 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: May 31 to October 16. 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.
“CMA aims to make Cincinnati to be known and recognized as a music city. 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. Kick Lee, founder of CMA, said. 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.”