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Katherine C
Madison Ave
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Thank you!

the project

Our story began with an intention to offer panel forums with the goal to bring together local artists who can share their experience, thoughts, expertise and advice with the communities we serve through our Battle of the Teal art program. Local professional and aspiring artists see the value in keeping up with the industry trends and could use the forums as a creative outlet to toss around new ideas and perhaps forming new collaboration(s). 

We also understand that there is a need to support our local community artists by providing them with the opportunities to earn their living while achieving their goals as professionals. The acknowledgment, respect, and hard work of practice need to be rewarded and appreciated. The raised funds will be used towards providing panelists’ stipends.

This project will culminate in a 1 to a 1.5-hour-long panel discussion about pathways to careers in the non-performing fields of the music industry with an emphasis on the interdisciplinary nature of these fields and how they support one another and artists/bands. This discussion will be useful to anyone considering a career in the music industry, including performing artists interested in learning more about what goes on "behind the scenes." The panelists for this discussion are:

Heath Gmucs (owner, Wax Mage Records/ Supervisor, Gotta Groove Records)

Dave Polster (audio engineer, Well Made Music)

Wallace Settles (booking/promotions/venue operations, Grog Shop/ Owner, Dirty Jones Productions)


the steps

We have confirmed four panelists for the event.

Our team will design all necessary marketing materials by August 1, 2020

We will create an online calendar listing(s) of the panel by August 10, 2020

Tickets will be on sale at cost to non-members by August 10, 2020

We will provide free promotional tickets for members of the partnering organizations

We will host the virtual panel on August 21, 2020

We will provide archived panel recording by the end of August 2020

The panel audio will be re-aired on 91.1 WRUW-FM after the live panel.




why we're doing it

After so many years of serving the kids we see the importance and the value that mentors, panelists, and other art professionals bring to the table…they are professionals, they have their worth, their time is worth something, their passion is worth something and we want to show them how much we care. They are part of our community and this is our way to support them. By exploring some career options within manufacturing, retail, marketing, and audio, we hope to inspire and encourage people who may (or may not have been previously) be interested in a career in the music industry here in Cleveland and beyond. The music industry is a vital part of the economy in Cleveland and the whole world; the global pandemic has forced massive hardships on this industry which will need a talented workforce to forge its future in the years to come. Through this panel discussion, we hope to clarify career pathways and open up a dialogue that presents these careers as essential jobs that are both valuable and rewarding. 



Panelist 1 - $200

Panelist 2 - $200

Panelist 3 - $200

Moderator - $400

Marketing and Administration - $500

Additional Battle of the Teal Panel Forum - $939.39

TOTAL RAISED = $2,511.00
ioby Platform Fee $35.00
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $36.61


Battle of the Teal program art forums budget:

Panelist No. 1 - $200

Panelist No. 2 - $200

Panelist No. 3 - $200

Panelist No. 4 - $200

Moderator - $300

Marketing and Administration - $400

Total Budget - $1500

ioby Platform Fee     $35
"ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) (Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)"    $23
TOTAL TO RAISE =    $1,558
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.    


Thank you!

Thank you all so much for supporting this project! We are so thrilled that not only did we raise our goal, we surpassed it! All the funds will be used to pay the wonderful artists who make this and future Battle of the Teal events happen. This link will take you to our Eventbrite page:

There you will be able to register for the event and you will receive the Zoom link. Promo code " IAJR10 " will absorb the ticket cost. As a reminder if you aren't able to attend the live panel we will be recording it and uploading it to the Battle of the Teal youtube channel, and the audio will be re-aired on WRUW 91.1 FM on their "Live From Cleveland" program which airs on Thursday nights from 10-11pm. Thank you all again for your support and we look forward to seeing you in cyberspace on Friday!


August Update

Hello, all. Thank you for supporting our project! We have a few exciting updates to share with you. Our first update is that one of our panelists is no longer available, so we will be moving forward with three panelists. Rather than prioritize obtaining a fourth panelist this close to the event, our budget will be adjusted to allow for the update and any excess funds raised will be put towards future Battle of the Teal projects so we can support as many artists as possible. 

Our second super exciting update is that Case Western Reserve University's radio station, 91.1 WRUW-FM, will be re-airing the audio from the panel on their 'Live From Cleveland' show hosted by Rachel Hunt. The air date is tbd currently and we will post another update once we have that information. 'Live From Cleveland' airs on Thursdays from 8-11pm and can be streamed on the internet as well as heard on the radio. 

Look for the Eventbrite registration link early next week, we can't wait to share what we've been working on with you all!


This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration


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