BUILDING A MUSIC CITY
Cincinnati Music Accelerator (CMA) has quickly grown its impact in the Cincinnati region, working to make a historic impact through the art of music in our city. Cincinnati Music Accelerator (CMA), Ohio’s first music career accelerator organization dedicated and focused on the development of music creatives, fostering and fueling creative placemaking and striving for economic development and impact within the community it serves through arts and education.
CMA has served hundreds of musical entrepreneurs within the region since its founding in 2017 by native and music producer Kick Lee as a People’s Liberty project. They’ve since developed several programs and projects such as CMA's Music Business Program, The Street Stage Project in partnership with Cincinnati Center City Development Corp. (3CDC), which pays artists to play music on the streets in the central business district and Over-the-Rhine neighborhoods. Other projects include Vitality, 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 and young adults 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.
CMA attributes its success to the people and community they serve. They believe that Cincinnati has the power to become a vibrant music city, that through the art of music an everlasting and sustainable impact can be made to a community ecosystem, and that for our community to thrive the music creatives within our community must thrive as well.
CMA's Core Values
Our mission is supported by our commitment to these values…
We encourage imagination and innovation in everything we do.
We build diverse relationships that enable the music arts to enrich lives.
We pursue superior quality and continuous improvement in every aspect of the organization.
We are responsive, courteous, and respectful in all of our interactions.
We build trust by keeping our promises and acting in a responsible and accountable manner consistent with our mission.
We operate with an entrepreneurial spirit, value creativity, and celebrates courageous innovation.
At CMA, equality is afforded to everyone regardless of his or her unique place in the diversity spectrum to broaden our cultural experience.
WHY WE EXIST
To put an end to the cycle of starving artists
To help monetize our indie music creatives