Cincinnati Music Accelerator

Cincinnati Music Accelerator is dedicated to the development of music creatives, fostering placemaking and striving for economic development within the community.

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Established: 2017

Mission: Cincinnati Music Accelerator (CMA), Ohio’s first music career accelerator, is an organization that is dedicated to and focused on the development of music creatives, fostering and fueling placemaking and striving for economic development and impact within the community it serves through the musical arts. We believe that Cincinnati has the power to become a vibrant music city, and we also believe that through music a sustainable impact can be made to a community’s ecosystem. We want our community to thrive, and we want our music creatives within the community to thrive as well.

Serving Our Community:

Cincinnati Music Accelerator (CMA) has quickly grown its impact in the region, working to make a historic impact through the art of music in our city. CMA has served hundreds of musical entrepreneurs within the region since its founding in 2017 as a People’s Liberty project. They’ve since developed several programs and projects such as The Street Stage Project in partnership with Cincinnati Center City Development Corp. (3CDC) and funded by ArtsWave, which pays artists to play music on the streets in the central business district and Over-the-Rhine. Other projects include Vitality, a mental health and wellness program for people in music; the CMA Mobile Stage trailer, used to program and activate in various communities around the region while highlighting local musicians; and the CMA Music Studio, currently in development, to teach youth the creative and artistic side of the business of music.

Because of CMA’s efforts, musicians are starting to feel more empowered about who they are and their craft. They encourage imagination and innovation in everything they do and build diverse relationships that enable the music arts to enrich lives. At Cincinnati Music Accelerator, equality is afforded to everyone regardless of his or her unique place in the diversity spectrum to broaden our cultural experience.


Executive Director: Kick Lee
Director of community relations: Shannon Jenkins
Director of operations: Samantha Martin

Other Ways to Help:

Spread the word about our work, forward our e-mails, share our social media posts, tell your friends about our programs, and host a fund-raiser on our behalf. If we all activate our networks, we can bring an end to starving artists.

33 E. 13th St., Unit 101
Cincinnati, OH 45202
(513) 356-9290

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