Helping The music community Grow & Thrive in Cleveland, Ohio Ohio

In 2023, Cleveland Rocks accomplished so much. Here are some of our amazing highlights from a busy year:

Cleveland Rocks Shop
Our growing retail space for local vinyl, CDs and merch, and a space that also offers a community hub for programs and activities

Music Incubator & Accelerator Program
A new 2nd Incubator cohort, that provides professional input and financial support, began after fielding many applications, interviewing 10 and selecting 5 artists/groups. The first Accelerator joined the cohort, offering deeper support and funding to two established bands

Professional Development Workshop Series and 2×4 Music Showcase
These monthly presentations offer skills and networking, followed by performances from local artists

Soul City Cleveland
Established outreach to connect Northeast Ohio elder African-American musicians with youth to translate their own life experience as a way to build community through stories and music

Waterloo Makes Music
Hosted our 7th annual music series; This year, we contracted 90 musicians from Northeast Ohio, expanded to 13 professionally produced events at 5 venues on Waterloo Road and added Music + A Meal at our summer shows.

If you celebrate live music, or love someone who does, now is the time to support your local music community.

Upcoming Events

Free Workshop

Free Concert

Programs and Initiatives

Greater Cleveland Music Census

A community-led initiative to gain a better understanding of the current needs of the Cleveland-area music community. The survey has closed.

Waterloo Makes Music

A free bi-monthly concert series showcasing local musicians.

Workshops & 2x4s

A free monthly music education series and songwriter showcase.

Cleveland Rocks Shop

A retail store for local music and community gathering space. 

Music Incubator Program

The Music Incubator program offers low-interest loans to artists to help fund creative projects.

Soul City Cleveland

A culturally responsive community arts pilot that connects youth to elder Black artists. 


Cleveland Rocks: PPF is capturing Cleveland music history. Check out our archive of live event streams.

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CR:PPF Merch

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Call for Musicians

Are you a musician in Cleveland looking to gain more exposure and find new revenue streams for your music? Cleveland Rocks: PPF hosts free bi-monthly concerts on Waterloo, as well as monthly 2×4 songwriter showcases for solo artists and duos. In 2023, we opened a retail store for local music and are looking to help grow revenue for local artists by stocking our shelves with their music and merch. We want to help you!

Local Resources

From recording studios to photographers, radio stations to music venues, legal services to graphic designers… and more! Check out our local resource guide for an extensive list of businesses, tools and contacts to guide you in your career and current project needs. Have a resource to be added? Send it to us!


Interested in getting more involved with Cleveland Rocks: PPF and live in the greater Cleveland area? Whether it’s helping staff a merch table at one of our free shows, checking in attendees at a professional development workshop, selling raffle tickets at a fundraiser or helping spread the word about our mission at a local festival, we need YOU!

Music HEADLINES in and NEAR Northeast Ohio

The Cleveland Verses Foundation is a generous supporter of Cleveland Rocks programs and initiatives. Learn more about their mission.

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