Cleveland’s Downtown Busker Program returns for second year

June 20, 2023 // Downtown Cleveland Inc., is bringing back the Downtown Busker Program for its second year.The official street-performance program features 20 pre-selected “pitch” (the area buskers perform) locations and guides for potential buskers to help them find their perfect “pitch.”Each pitch location was selected by Downtown Cleveland Inc. to maximize pedestrian visibility near hot spots and offer room for creative freedom in performing. [Cleveland.com]

Cleveland Rocks Shop

Cleveland Rocks aims to amplify music scene with campus in Waterloo Arts District

June 15, 2023 // When Music Saves, the record store next to the Beachland Ballroom and Tavern, closed its doors in 2017, Cindy Barber had a plan to revive the space. Barber’s nonprofit bought the storefront in 2018, and after launching a fundraising campaign, is now turning it into a retail space for local music called Cleveland Rocks Shop. [Ideastream.org]

VIDEO: Cleveland Rocks Shop Talk with Morgan Mecaskey

Cleveland Rocks: PPF’s own Ryan Laubenthal sat down with Morgan Mecaskey, to discuss all things music. Morgan performed with Clare Feorene and Taylor Lamborn as part of a Songwriters in the Round Waterloo Makes Music event held at the Cleveland Rocks Shop on Sunday, February 5, 2023.

Kaboom Collective

Students gain arts industry experience in Kaboom Collective

April 28, 2023 // Young creatives ages 15 to 25 are working on Hollywood-style recording projects as members of Northeast Ohio’s Kaboom Collective. Students work with a variety of industry professionals in the arts, from musical composition to script writing to digital animation. But at the collective’s center is its studio orchestra led by Kaboom Collective Co-Founder and Cleveland Arts Prize winner Liza Grossman. [Ideastream.org]

Cleveland Scores Highest Among Midwestern Communities on Two Key Measurements of Arts Vibrancy

April 13, 2023 // Analysis from the 2022 Arts Vibrancy Index reveals Cleveland, Ohio with a score in the top 1% of communities on measurements of Arts Dollars. The city shows particular strengths in the amount of earned revenue generated from artistic programs and the total compensation paid to arts and cultural employees per capita – higher than all other large midwestern communities on these two sub-measures. [CulturalData.org]

VIDEO: Cleveland Rocks Shop Talk with Rob Kovacs

Cleveland Rocks: PPF’s own Ryan Laubenthal sat down with award-winning composer, pianist, recording artist, music streamer and college professor, Rob Kovacs, to discuss all things music, ahead of this Friday’s performance at the Cleveland Rocks Shop!

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