Cleveland Scene – April 13, 2020 – NEO Music Relief Fund Collecting Donations

Workers at Cleveland's concert clubs and the musicians who play those stages were among the first hit in the wave of coronavirus closures that have continued since Gov. Mike DeWine's first pandemic orders arrived in early March. To help alleviate at least some of the financial blowback, a group recently created the NEO Music Relief Fund, which is aiming to collect about $10,000 to distribute in $500 chunks to those in need.

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Radio OSU – April 15, 2020 – Relief Funds to Help Musicians During Pandemic

Many people are out of work right now and Northeast Ohio artists are among them. As shutdowns and layoffs continue, several local emergency arts funds are in the works. One of the first area efforts to get relief money into the hands of artists came in the wake of the first shutdowns. Cleveland Orchestra bassist Henry Peyrebrune saw the need for a quick response.

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Cleveland Scene – November 30, 2015 – Rock Solid Summit to Scrutinize Local Music Scene’s Economic Impact

Believe it or not, Cleveland’s music scene ranks with the best in the country. Four years ago, the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC) and Cleveland State University released a study called Remix Cleveland that documented research showing the economic impact of music in northeast Ohio. Local companies such as Gotta Groove Records, which presses vinyl discs and has become a key provider for the vinyl resurgence on an international level and recording studios like the Lava Room and SUMA make a major impact.

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Cleveland Scene – August 28, 2012 – Music Nonprofit Launches with Ian Hunter Benefit

Last year, the Cleveland music scene lost a couple of its most historically significant players: Steve Popovich, founder of Cleveland International Records and all-around Cleveland music cheerleader, and former Plain Dealer rock reporter Jane Scott. Popovich had been a constant presence at the Beachland Ballroom, and his sudden and unexpected passing started Beachland owner Cindy Barber thinking about how to preserve the legacy of Cleveland’s musical past — and to fuel its present and future.

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