MITR XVI will be held on March 6, 2021 6:00 - 7:30pm
The Vault - 35 East Gay Street 
(both virtual and limited live audience)

Music in the Round is a unique concert format that originated in Nashville’s Bluebird Cafe and grew organically from the traditional jam session. The only rule: the artists must play songs they’ve written themselves, on the instruments on which they were written. 

Music in the Round audiences get to hear the artists talk about their songwriting, particularly the stories and emotions surrounding the song’s creation. It’s a treat for music lovers featuring some of the most talented musicians Columbus has to offer.

Featured Artists:
Kenzie Coyne
Dan Heidt
Shawn McDonald
Dre Peace


The Kirk Horn Fund for Music at The Columbus Foundation
Kirk put an enormous amount of heart into Music in the Round, serving on the planning committee and acting as emcee for many years. He was a visionary member of Short North Rotary, responsible for many of the club’s shenanigans—including a concert in Africa benefiting the Rafiki kids. His vision was to take music to kids at home and abroad—it’s only right that we help carry on the vision he established through Music in the Round! The program has been giving music lessons to kids in Columbus Ohio.

Rafiki AIDS Orphanage
The Rafiki orphanage, located just outside of Nairobi, Kenya, provides food, shelter, medical care, education, a safe living environment and loving support to children who have been orphaned by HIV/AIDS.  Short North Rotary has led two trips to Rafiki and is in the planning stages of a third, COVID permitting. The most recent visit marked the founding and groundbreaking of the music school.
Support MITR Musicians
We will be dedicating funds ($500 per musician) to commission pervious MITR musicians to write and record a song celebrating Rotary, peace and music, connecting people around the world. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many musicians are struggling not only financially but also finding a forum to create and share their art – this would allow for both. Our goal is to raise enough funds to record an entire album of original music by current/ former MITR artists.

Short North Rotary Foundation
Short North Rotary’s Capital Square Rotary Foundation (CSRF) is a 501(c)(3) which supports projects locally (Dream Center, Women’s Shelter, Ronald McDonald House, CATCH Court/Freedom a la Cart) and around the world (Honduras, Kenya, Philippines, Egypt, Tanzania). These projects have improved the lives of people by providing clean water, computers, books, and shelter, food, independence and kindness to those in need.