Music Hall has not undergone a major renovation since the visionary philanthropists Patricia and Ralph Corbett led the last effort over 40 years ago. After laboring for almost a decade, countless community leaders and members of the resident organization boards have finally found a viable path to renovate and revitalize Music Hall.
- Restore the heritage of this world-class facility for performers and audiences alike
- Significantly enhance acoustics of auditorium and overall audience experience
- Improve accessibility & modernize facilities to make them state-of-the-art
- Economize operational and back of house needs and uses
- Execute lasting structural improvements required to secure building longevity
The total cost of the revitalization is estimated to be $129MM
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The Owner of Music Hall
The City of Cincinnati owns Music Hall.
The Stewards of Music Hall
Music Hall Revitalization Company
MHRC was formed in 2010 to lead and coordinate the revitalization of Music Hall on behalf of the resident organizations. For more information on MHRC’s mission and board members, please see the About Us tab above.
The Resident Organizations
The Resident Companies include:
The Society for the Preservation of Music Hall (SPMH) is dedicated to preserving and promoting Music Hall.
The Cincinnati Arts Association (CAA) is the facility manager for Music Hall.
The direction of the revitalization effort satisfies the needs of each of these organizations and Music Hall’s many stakeholders. To learn more, please visit the organizations’ websites.
Project manager 3CDC, working with MHRC and the resident organizations, went through a rigorous due diligence process to ensure the undertaking had the right team behind it in place. The design team includes:
- Perfido Weiskopf Wagstaff + Goettel (PWWG), a leading architecture firm in historic rehabilitation and adaptive reuse
- Martinez + Johnson, a design architecture firm specializing in performing arts venues
- Akustiks, acoustical consultant with renowned expertise and design
- Schuler Shook, theatre consultant with expertise in theater planning and lighting design
MHRC engaged Cincinnati Center City Development Center (3CDC) as the project manager. 3CDC is a 501(c) 3, tax-exempt, private, non-profit corporation, with a mission to strengthen the core assets of downtown Cincinnati. 3CDC accomplishes this by revitalizing and connecting the Fountain Square District, the Central Business District and Over-the-Rhine (OTR). 3CDC brings proven development expertise to bear on the complexities of the Music Hall project, ensuring an efficient and professional process.
Music Hall’s resident companies have been working closely with 3CDC and MHRC on this project. Learn more about 3CDC and their other projects.
Lewis & Clark Co., a Cincinnati-based fundraising consulting firm was brought on in 2013 to lead the $65M private fundraising campaign. To learn more about Lewis & Clark Co., please visit their website.
Getting this enormous project off the ground has not been easy, and strong support from the entire community has been vitally important in getting us to this important point. Music Hall is an iconic Cincinnati treasure, and we are grateful to the individual donors, companies, foundations, 3CDC, the Cultural Facilities Task Force, the City of Cincinnati, and the State of Ohio for making this critically important project a reality.