Cleveland Rocks Shop
THE PROJECT: The Cleveland Rocks Shop, a retail space showcasing local music and honoring its past, present, and future will curate and sell products that represent Cleveland music history and current bands and feature interactive listening stations. Clevelanders will also be able to consign their own music memorabilia, which will not only be sold in the store but digitized and donated to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Library & Archives.
THE NEED: To create the Cleveland Rocks Shop, funds are being raised to cover occupancy costs, moderate renovations and repair to both the interior and exterior, purchase fixtures, a point-of-sale register and inventory. Staffing will include interns from Cuyahoga Community College’s Recording Arts Technology program, giving students in the musical arts a chance to work in a dedicated space and become more knowledgeable about area musicians. Plans are also being developed for to accept donations to resell in store as well as identifying a staff person selling online to increase income.
THE GOAL: A goal of $30,000 has been established. The total initial investment of $30,000 will allow the Cleveland Rocks Shop to open, engage staff and interns, and begin driving revenue to develop the self-sustaining model.
For gifts of $100 or more, your name will be listed on a plaque to be hung in the Cleveland Rocks Shop.
As of March 2020, $4,697 was raised to establish the Cleveland Rocks Shop, and then the world changed. As the pandemic shuttered venues and suspended live music, Cleveland Rocks immediately established the Northeast Ohio Musician’s Relief Fund and began distributing needed income, and by Fall, work began on the #SaveCLEVenues initiative – to support the venues as well. In 2021, the Music Incubator Program was launched, to continue to offer collaboration, and funding, as the world returned to in-person live music event. And throughout both 2020 and 2021, Cleveland Rocks employed musicians, and the team that supports them, through live-streamed and/or in-person shows through Waterloo Makes Music and other series!