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CINCINNATI, OH -- Following two successful years of standing-room-only at the Hard Rock Café, ArtsWave, the engine for the region’s, is announcing that CincyJams, Cincinnati’s workplace battle of the bands fundraiser, is back with better prizes and audience giveaways than ever.

The free fundraising event is May 10, 7 pm at Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati (all attendees must be 21 to enter). Also, if attendees RSVP beforehand and are one of the first 200 in the door, they will receive a drink ticket to use at the event, plus all attendees will get complimentary admission to country music up-and-comer Nate Smith’s concert on May 31.

Bands performing... 

will raise money for our region’s arts and compete for three prize packages: the Judges Pick, People’s Choice and Fan Funded.

The Judges' Pick winner will win a performance slot at BLINK this October, a recording session with local Grammy winner Ken Lewis and more.

The Fan-Funded award, which is won by the band that can raise the most money for ArtsWave in the lead-up to and at the concert, will receive a coveted performance slot at Cincinnati Music Festival (CMF), sponsored by P&G, as well as free passes to CMF and more. The give-to-vote link is open now, and the public is encouraged to give to their favored team.

Lastly, the People’s Choice award is given to the band that receives the loudest cheers at the event and includes Chili for a Year from Gold Star, Beer for a Year and more.

CincyJams is designed to engage the community by bringing various companies together for an evening of great music while raising essential funds for the arts. The ArtsWave Campaign has surpassed $10.7 million toward its goal to make 2024 the largest local campaign for the arts in history and surpass $12.5 million. ArtsWave is the primary funder for local arts organizations throughout the 16 counties that make up the Cincinnati region, and the annual ArtsWave Campaign is the largest campaign of its kind in the nation. The campaign concludes on May 23 and these last weeks are crucial for meeting the goal and fully funding 150+ arts organizations, projects and artists.

For more information, to RSVP and to give to vote, go to

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