CityMusic is a community-based organization dedicated to presenting the greater Columbus community with unique cultural and educational experiences in the musical arts. CityMusic's mission is to expand the musical horizons of Central Ohio residents by presenting diverse music performances and to provide musical outreach to at-risk children and young adults in and around the Short North district through choral training, workshops, and community performances with professional musicians.
To fulfill this mission, CityMusic operates the M.O.R.E program, the CityMusic Chamber Music Series and the CityMusic World Music Series. Since its inception the organization has been responsive to a broad spectrum of the greater Columbus community. In 1983, Short North residents, business people, and artists met to organize a chamber music concert in space donated by the Short North Tavern. The concert was a standing-room-only success that has evolved into the current CityMusic Chamber Music Series, which features top professional artists playing music ranging from classical to jazz and from Renaissance to contemporary. The consistently popular series has received national recognition for its innovative approach to presenting chamber music and for attracting new audiences. After 17 years the series moved in 2001 to the historic Elevator Brewery and Draught Haus, 161 N. High Street.
CityMusic received non-profit status in 1987. In 1989 CityMusic expanded its offerings by introducing the World Music Series, designed to be a musical celebration of ethnic and cultural diversity. The Series remains the only series in Columbus devoted exclusively to presenting the very best in traditional and contemporary music from around the world. All featured artists have national and international reputations and record for major labels. Opening acts feature the best in local and regional talent. The Columbus Dispatch has praised the series for "consistently presenting the finest in folk music spanning the world". In 1995 the Greater Columbus Arts Council nominated the series for its Artistic Excellence Award, citing its "innovation and risk....as well as artistic merit".
The Musical Opportunities Reward Everyone (M.O.R.E.) program was inaugurated in 1990 in partnership with the Godman Guild, a United Way agency. M.O.R.E. programs include after-school music workshops, a music program at the Godman Guild's summer camp, and the CityMusic Youth Jazz Ensemble, all which are offered at no cost to participants. Additional information about this program can be found by clicking on M.O.R.E. Information in the Information box on the CityMusic home page.
Since its inception in 1983 CityMusic has never ended a fiscal year with an accumulated deficit, demonstrating sound fiscal management and strong community support. – less–ZoomInfo