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Creating a level playing field for BIPOC classical music instrumentalists in the United States.


The National Instrumentalist Mentoring and Advancement Network (NIMAN) is a national coalition that works to align, promote, and develop equitable opportunities and inclusive environments to advance BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) instrumentalists to thrive in classical music.

We are excited to announce the 2023 National Pathways Festival and Annual Convening in partnership with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra! We hope you will join us March 16-19th, 2023 in Cincinnati. Learn more by clicking the image below.

Maestro Riccardo Muti recognizes CMPI Fellow Zachary Allen for his exceptional playing in the Festival Orchestra open rehearsal on April 11.
Photo courtesy of Todd Rosenberg

Now, more than ever, arts organizations need to focus on meeting the needs of their entire community. Membership in the National Instrumentalist Mentoring and Advancement Network (NIMAN) provides an opportunity to not only advance the mission of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra but to support NIMAN’s mission. We are proud to commit support for NIMAN to grow and succeed.

JONATHAN MARTIN, PRESIDENT, CINCINNATI SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA