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Cincinnati Arts Association Begins Using Free Health Verification App BINDLE at the Aronoff Center & Music Hall

CAA_BindleMask, proof of vaccination (or COVID-19 Negative Test), and Photo ID currently required at both venues

[CINCINNATI, OH] – The Cincinnati Arts Association has begun using the free health verification app BINDLE at the Aronoff Center for the Arts and Cincinnati Music Hall.  The free app offers guests the opportunity to upload their full vaccination or negative COVID-19 test information prior to their event to generate a venue entry pass on their mobile device. Guests then will only need to show their entry pass at the venue, eliminating the need to carry paper verification and identification. There is no cost to guests to either download Bindle or create an entry pass.

“We are pleased to offer this new health verification app at the Aronoff Center and Music Hall – at no cost to our ticket holders,” said Todd Duesing, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Cincinnati Arts Association. “It is our hope that our guests will use this secure and efficient tool to simplify and expedite their entry into our venues. We are thrilled to raise the curtain again on an exceptional season at the Aronoff and Music Hall, and we are committed to providing a safe environment for our audiences to enjoy our events.”

While the use of Bindle is not required, guests are encouraged to download the app, set up an account, and create their entry pass prior to arrival at the venue. Bindle does not require biometrics and no personal health information is shared with Bindle or the venue. Guests can safely store COVID-19 test results and vaccine records using Bindle’s military-grade encryption, keeping personal identity and health information strictly private.

Bindle entry passes will be accepted at all events at the Aronoff Center and Music Hall.

More information on downloading and using Bindle can be found HERE.


As we welcome guests back to the Aronoff Center and Music Hall, the health and well-being of our audiences, staff, volunteers, and artists remains our number one priority. In cooperation with the resident arts organizations at our venues, we have implemented layers of defense against COVID-19, including mask, proof of vaccination (or negative COVID-19 test), and corresponding photo ID requirements. With the use of Bindle’s easy entry pass, there is no need to carry other forms of health documentation or photo ID for entry into the Aronoff Center or Music Hall. For details about our Health and Safety Protocols, CLICK HERE.

It is more important now than ever to purchase tickets directly from an official ticket source – such as the Cincinnati Arts Association or one of the resident companies at the Aronoff Center and Music  Hall– rather than a copy-cat secondary ticketing site, so that we can capture the contact information of our ticket buyers. This information allows us to inform ticket holders of changing COVID-19 policies, event cancellations or rescheduling, traffic alerts, etc. Uninformed ticket holders who arrive without COVID-19 documentation run the risk of being refused entry into our venues and missing the show. For more information about the Official Ticket Sources for the Aronoff Center and Music Hall, CLICK HERE.

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Remainder of 2020-2021 Season Cancelled at Cincinnati Music Theatre

cmt_logoDearest CMT Family,

It is with great regret that we announce the cancellation of the remainder of our 2019/2020 Main Stage and Studio Series seasons. This was a very difficult decision, and one we made in conjunction with our partners at The Cincinnati Arts Association and the Aronoff Center. I speak for myself and the CMT Board of Directors when I say that the arts are a vital and important part of our society and culture. Time spent in the Aronoff Center, our rehearsal spaces, and building and painting our sets is time spent in community with one another and we all miss it dearly.

We are not sitting idle during these trying times. In response to a rising tide of racism, hate and violence, CMT is forming a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee chaired by current Board Member Jacqlyn Schott. This committee will be a lens on how to maintain openness and foster a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive community theater community. Our VP/Creative, Kendra Struthers, has formed a Creative Committee, and they are beginning the work to choose directors and shows for our 2021/2022 season. We are also working on producing a show with our fellow Aronoff resident company, Revolution Dance Theater. CMT Board Members Adrianna Boris (Marketing Chair) and Jacqlyn Schott (Development and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Chair) are working with Revolution Dance Theatre’s Founding Artistic Director, David Choate, on a performance featuring a diverse cast and addressing our current times.

Brighter days are ahead, and we will come through these dark times. Keep your hearts open and, above all else, show care and love to each other.

Warmest Regards and Holiday Wishes,

Peter B. Merten
President, Cincinnati Music Theater Board of Directors

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MIRROR BALL New Year’s Eve Celebration | Tue., Dec. 31 | Cincinnati Music Hall Ballroom

CAA_Mirror Ball logoCINCINNATI, OH – The Cincinnati Arts Association is pleased to announce the inaugural Mirror Ball New Year’s Eve celebration to benefit historic Music Hall. Take a look into the rearview as you celebrate another decade gone by and dance the night away into a brand new year! Experience a fantastical New Year’s Eve adventure surrounded by the beauty of one of Cincinnati’s most historic and beloved performance venues. Part futuristic disco, part reflection of our past, Mirror Ball promises an evening of spectacle, not to mention dancing, drinking, and late night eating. The event is restricted to ages 21 and older. The event begins at 9pm.

Hit the dance floor with DJ ETrayn, enjoy a specialty New Year’s Eve craft cocktail created by Cincinnati’s own Molly Wellmann, be amazed with performances by Elevated Aerialists, and discover plenty of other surprises!

Tickets go on sale Friday, December 6 at 10:00 AM at CincinnatiArts.org, (513) 621-2787 [ARTS}, and the Aronoff Center and Music Hall Ticket Offices.

  • General Admission: $100 (in advance) / $125 (day of) – includes open bar, lite bites, party favors, and entertainment
  • VIP: $150 (in advance) / $175 (day of) – includes exclusive private lounge, private open bar, VIP wines by Kevin Hart of Hart & Cru, lite bites, party favors, and entertainment

All proceeds benefit historic Music Hall.

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Part-Time/Seasonal Positions Available at Cincinnati Arts Association

caa_logoThe Cincinnati Arts Association is seeking individuals with an outgoing personality who enjoy working with people, and who possess exceptional customer service skills.

If this is you, come visit us for Open Interviews on Monday, July 29th and Tuesday, July 30th from 11:00a-2:00p and 4:00p-7:00p; Saturday, August 3rd, 11:00a-2:00p.

All positions are Part-Time and/or Seasonal with flexible schedules requiring primarily nights and weekends, some weekday shifts available.
Bring your resume or go to www.cincinnatiarts.org to download an application to complete and bring with you.


Our Custodial Services staff will provide and maintain a clean and safe environment at our Music Hall facility for our guests, clients and staff, by cleaning all areas of the facility and arranging set-ups for events. Floor experience is a plus. Approximately 20 hours per week. Mainly nights and weekends.

Our Event Staff will assist in ensuring a safe and secure environment for our clients, guests, and staff at our Aronoff Center and Music Hall facilities, by conducting security screenings and monitoring the premises, while providing exceptional customer service. Previous experience in a security and/or customer-service environment is helpful.

Our Floor Supervisor positions will facilitate a safe and positive guest experience at our Aronoff Center and Music Hall facilities by overseeing Front-of-House functions, monitoring lobby activities and supervising volunteer ushers. Must be available nights and weekends for up to 10 shifts a month, weekday availability welcome. Previous supervisory experience is a plus.

Our Ticketing Services Representatives will be stationed at our Aronoff Center Ticketing Services office as they assist customers and handle ticket sales in person and by phone, while providing exceptional and friendly customer service to our guests. Aptitude to learn ticketing software and basic math skills are necessary.

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Cincinnati Music Hall Honored with the Preservation Merit Award

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From the Ohio History Connection’s State Historic Preservation Office

(Cincinnati, OH) – The renovation and restoration of Cincinnati Music Hall received the Preservation Merit Award from the Ohio History Connection’s State Historic Preservation Office at an awards luncheon on Saturday, November 10, 2018.  Each year, the Ohio History Connection’s State Historic Preservation Office recognizes outstanding achievements in historic preservation in communities across Ohio. State Historic Preservation Officer Burt Logan presented the award to Music Hall Revitalization Company (MHRC) and Society for the Preservation of Music Hall (SPMH) representative Peter Koenig, who was in Columbus at the Ohio History Center to accept the honor on behalf of MHRC and SPMH.  Peter serves on the board of MHRC and is in his fourth year as President of SPMH.

The additional recipients of the Preservation Merit Award include the following Music Hall renovation project team members:  Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation (3CDC), project manager, represented at the luncheon by Alexis Barnes; Perfido, Weiskopf, Wagstaff + Goettel (PWWG), lead architect, represented by Andreas Lange; Martinez + Johnson (M&J), theater architect, represented by Gary Martinez; Messer, construction manager; and Judy Williams, historic preservation consultant, who was also present at the awards ceremony. In addition, SPMH board member and Music Hall historian Thea Tjepkema was at the luncheon as a guest of SPMH.

The Preservation Merit Award honors the preservation of Ohio’s prehistory, history, architecture, or culture. Eligible activities include, but are not limited to, restoring, rehabilitating, or otherwise preserving an important building or site; longtime stewardship of a property; promoting protective legislation; funding preservation projects; offering leadership, support, or service; and furthering preservation at the local, regional, or state level.

“Music Hall received the Preservation Merit Award for several reasons,” said Burt Logan, CEO & Executive Director of the Ohio History Connection. “The work restored architectural details that had been lost to time and earlier alterations, while incorporating modern amenities that improve the experience for performers and audiences. Music Hall Revitalization Company and its partners have done a remarkable job of preserving this National Historic Landmark and extending its useful life for generations to come.”

After the curtain fell on the 2016 May Festival, Music Hall closed to the public for a sixteen-month, $143 million renovation – one of the most comprehensive transformations in the venue’s 140-year history – and celebrated a triumphant Grand Opening in October 2017. The revitalization project brought much-needed updates and upgrades to this beloved arts destination, while improving upon its world-class acoustics and retaining its historic grandeur. Iconic Music Hall has experienced many revitalization and rehabilitation projects since it was built in 1878, and the venue appeared on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s list of the Eleven Most Endangered Historic Places as recently as 2014. The National Trust now lists Music Hall as a “saved” structure.

“I have been honored to be involved with this project for most of the past decade, and I was privileged to participate in the exciting and successful renovation of Music Hall,”  said Peter Koenig, SPMH President. “This prestigious award from the State of Ohio’s official historic preservation agency recognizes the fulfillment of MHRC‘s mission to organize and lead the renovation of Music Hall.  In addition, the award underscores the steadfast commitment of SPMH to its mission of preserving and improving Music Hall, and perpetuating the venue as the premier cultural center of the region and as a National Historic Landmark of international significance.”

This is the second award Music Hall has received in the past month.  On October 23, the venue was honored with the Historic Theater of the Year award from Heritage Ohio at its Annual Preservation and Revitalization Awards Ceremony in downtown Cleveland.

About the State Historic Preservation Office
The Ohio History Connection’s State Historic Preservation Office is Ohio’s official historic preservation agency. It identifies historic places in Ohio; nominates properties to the National Register of Historic Places; reviews federally assisted projects for effects on historic, architectural, and archaeological resources in Ohio; certifies local government historic preservation programs and administers grants to them; consults on conservation of older buildings and sites; and offers educational programs and publications. The “Catalytic Award” of $25 million that the Music Hall renovation project received from the state of Ohio for the Historic Tax Credit came from the Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA), an extension of the State Historic Preservation Office.

Ohio History Connection
The Ohio History Connection, formerly the Ohio Historical Society, is a statewide history organization with the mission to spark discovery of Ohio’s stories. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization chartered in 1885, the Ohio History Connection carries out history services for Ohio and its citizens focused on preserving and sharing the state’s history. This includes housing the state historic preservation office, the official state archives, and the local history office. The Ohio History Connection also manages more than 50 sites and museums across Ohio.

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