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Cindy Barber, Executive Director

Cindy Barber, Executive Director

Cindy Barber began working in the local music industry just out of high school. She did inventory control for MCA, bookkeeping at WEA and was assistant buyer at the ABC branch. After earning college degrees Media and Communications, she co-founded the Cleveland Express newspaper in the late ‘70s, in addition to managing local bands. In the ‘80s, Barber became production manager for Northern Ohio Live magazine, a job which included editing program guides for Playhouse Square and other arts organizations. Barber started her own publishing consulting business in 1986, and also co-wrote a music column for the Cleveland Edition with fellow music journalist Anastasia Pantsios. In 1992, she helped launch the Cleveland Free Times as assistant publisher and was moved into the editor’s position three months later. During her six years in that position, the paper won many awards including awards for Barber’s own writing. During this time she served on the national board of the Association for Alternative Newsweeklies. After the Free Times, she spent a year as editor of Northern Ohio Live. She then turned her energy to her own North Collinwood neighborhood, where she co-founded the Beachland Ballroom and Tavern in March 2000, a concert venue that has become a favorite stop to hundreds of national touring bands. She has served as president of the board of her local CDC, Northeast Shores Development Corporation, and was also president of Arts Collinwood, when the organization won a Northern Ohio Live Achievement Award in Economic Development for its work in North Collinwood. Ms. Barber has also served on the City of Cleveland’s Fair Housing Board, the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless, and the former Cleveland Music Group. In 2007, she was honored with a Cleveland Arts Prize for Distinguished Service to the Arts.
Maura Rogers, Staff

Maura Rogers

Maura Rogers is a graduate of Baldwin-Wallace University, where she studied voice and received a degree in English and Theater. She started her artistic career at Great Lakes Theater Festival and spent nearly a decade invested in directing and acting.  In the last decade, Maura has worked as a singer-songwriter in Cleveland and has released five albums since her solo debut in 2010. Her band, Maura Rogers and The Bellows, have built a supportive fanbase in Cleveland and have toured throughout the United States sharing their unique Americana sound with appreciative audiences.

Ryan Laubenthal

Ryan Laubenthal

Ryan has a background in audio and photography and runs his own studio, Onion House Productions. He is involved with many of the technical aspects of the CRPPF stream and video documentation efforts.

As a part-time performer before the Covid days, he is personally invested in the effort to keep local venues alive and to make sure that as many career musicians as possible weather the storm and come out on the other side.

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