Cincinnati Music Accelerator Brings Music Industry Leaders to Cincy
Accomplished professionals from the music industry come to the queen city.
Cincinnati Music Accelerator, Ohio’s premier music career accelerator, is hosting the City Sound Summit at the Art Academy of Cincinnati August 26-27. The summit will feature discussions with various industry leaders, music producers and top artists, including keynote speaker and Cincinnati native ClockworkDJ; Nemo Achida, producer, songwriter and creative advisor to Jack Harlow, and multi-platinum music producer SuperStar O.
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Guest speakers will discuss their journeys in the industry and share how others can establish and grow their music careers. Each conference will also feature Q&A sessions led by summit organizer Kick Lee.
“They give us advice, wise advice. They give us experience. They let us know that they have been through the same mud and dirt that we are going through or have been through. When you hear that face to face with these people, it’s inspiring,” said Lee, Founder and Executive Director of Cincinnati Music Accelerator.
The summit will include two after-parties with vendors, a cash bar, and performances from some of the guest speakers.
According to Lee, the goal is to raise funds for the Cincinnati Music Accelerator and create a landmark event for the region that will attract national talent and generate interest and opportunities for regional musicians.
“This summit is for all of us, even though it’s music, it’s for all of us. These people who come to town are just like us. They work, they survive, they thrive, they’ve been there too” , said Lee.
Doors open at 3 p.m. and discussions begin at 4 p.m. After-parties begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 and after-party tickets are available for an additional $15 donation.
To register for the City Sound Summit, visit its website. You can also read more about Cincinnati Music Accelerator and Lee below.
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What is Cincinnati Music Accelerator?
Lee, a Cincinnati native, founded Cincinnati Music Accelerator as a People’s Liberty Project in 2017. The organization’s goal is to encourage imagination and innovation and build diverse relationships within the musical arts. .
Since its inception, the music accelerator has supported hundreds of regional musicians and entrepreneurs through programs such as its mobile stage caravan and music studio. He also brings live music to the streets of the central business district and across the Rhine through his street scene project.
However, the organization’s most notable program is the Music Business Academy, which educates and empowers emerging musicians, DJs, producers, music managers, and anyone looking to bolster their music education. The accelerator is committed to providing each academy student with fair treatment, regardless of background.
“My hope for CMA is to become a place that is a beacon of inspiration, hope and opportunity for primarily musicians of color, but for all of our ecosystems of people in music. As far as I can tell in my life, I’ve yet to see anyone do anything on the scale of what we’re doing. And it’s not just in Cincinnati, it’s in the state of Ohio,” a said Lee.
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Who is Kick Lee?
Lee has worked in the music industry for over 18 years, primarily composing and licensing music for marketing and advertising campaigns. He has worked with major brands, like Kroger, Pantene, Toyota, 2018 Winter Olympics, Lexus, LG, Samsung, Disney, Amazon, and Gold Star Chile.
He is an advocate for the musical arts and has mentored other young creatives through Cincinnati Music Accelerator. Lee also received the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s 2021-2022 Multicultural Awareness Council Award for Diversity and Leadership in the Arts. This is an annual award that recognizes local artists, administrators and visionaries who promote diversity and inclusion in the arts.
He credits his success and that of the Cincinnati Music Accelerator to his team and community, whose support has enabled him to fulfill his dream of helping the next generation of musicians.
“It’s an honor to even be able to be in this position, especially as a black man. For black musicians and creatives to look up to me, seek me out, and be inspired by me, it’s a huge impact. .. I have always said to those I have mentored, “Look at me. I’m doing something I never thought I’d do. I never thought I would be in the music industry. I never really thought I would survive past 18.” … The best advice I can give them is, “Keep looking forward, keep your head up, keep your head up and know that ‘there are those who look at you the same way you look at me,” Lee said.
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