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Lisa Marie P
16006 Waterloo Road
(Waterloo Arts & Entertainment District, Collinwood Neighborhood)
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the project

As the pandemic began to sweep across the world, and all the venues for live music were closed abruptly, Cleveland Rocks: Past, Present & Future launched the NEO Music Relief Fund.  From April through August, the NEO Music Relief Fund awarded grants to 78 local musicians who had lost all their gigs and income.

Live music is returning very slowly.  To continue to support the musicians who have received a grant award from the NEO Music Relief Fund, Cleveland Rocks will host a series of shows titled Wednesdays Songs & Stages.  Musicians will not only play but will also discuss how they have coped with the isolation and what the community of music means to them.  Each show will be live streamed, and recorded, therefore viewable for many to see and share the power of music and community.

By purchasing a ticket and joining us on 9/16, you will help us raise critical funds to offer this support to musicians, and get to experience an exclusive, in-person concert.  Help us help keep the music alive!

the steps

Aug 28: Announce ioby match and begin to sell tickets

Aug 31: Social media blitz and email blast sharing Sept 16 event

Sept 2: Staff team meeting to finalize details for the event

Sept 7: Calls and email to sell tickets

Sept 15: Deadline for ticket sales

Sept 16: HOST the event and begin the series Wednesday Songs & Stages

why we're doing it

In these unprecedented times, musicians and venue workers are some of the hardest hit economically. Primarily living in the gig economy, once the venues closed, there was nowhere for these citizens to turn so that they can earn a living – to pay their rent, to buy food, to care for their children.  Cleveland Rocks launched the NEO Music Relief Fund to provide direct financial support to those in need.  And as the pandemic wears on, with no end in sight, and venues not opening, musicians continue to struggle.  Through the series Wednesday Songs & Stages, and the one-time in-person live concert experience, Cleveland Rocks will raise vital funding for all five shows and hire 10 of the musicians who received support from the Relief Fund. 

We are doing this because we know we are helping, as noted in the following:

"This is amazing! I'm sincerely humbled and honored to be awarded with this grant. Thank you so much for including me and shedding a light on our homegrown musicians. Down to the dirt though, this will be hugely helpful to our family. Thank you so much!"  ~Brent Kirby

"Oh my goodness. I don't know what to say besides thank you. I am so grateful. Please let me know any way I can help you. All the best in the outstanding work you are doing! Peace, wellness, and gratitude." ~Ray Flanagan



  Original Budget Actual Budget
Artists Fees  $                  2,000.00  $                  2,000.00
Sound   $                       900.00  $                       900.00
Live Streaming  $                  1,125.00  $                  1,125.00
Event Expenses  $                  2,225.00  $                  2,258.00
TOTAL:   $                  6,250.00  $                  6,283.00

TOTAL RAISED = $6,283.00 $6,283.00
ioby Platform Fee waived $35.00
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $98.49 $97.44
TOTAL TO DISBURSE= $6,184.51 $6,150.56


  • Artist Fees - $2,000.00
  • Sound - $900.00
  • Live Streaming - $1,125.00
  • Food, Beverage and event expenses  - $2,225

ioby Platform Fee     waived
"ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) (Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)"    $95
TOTAL TO RAISE =    $6,345
Donation processing fees apply to donations only. 100% of match funding goes to projects. Please note, fees are estimated here and final numbers may change based on the final amount raised and amount of match funding applied to this campaign.    


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