project leader
Wayne M
w. Superior & Ontario St.
(Downtown Cleveland)
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the project

Rock Against Dementia (RAD) began when Wayne Mesker attended a screening of "Alive Inside" at the Cleveland International Film Festival in March of 2014. He was so moved by the film & by the vision of the film's Director Michael Rossato-Bennett, he decided to throw his contacts & connections behind the Film's mission. That day he came up with the idea for Rock Against Dementia, an annual global celebration to raise awareness of dementua and provide support to those living with the condition.

Soon atfer, Wayne became the Outreach and Creative Advocay Director for The Alive Inside Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit, dedicated to healing loneliness and disconnection in all our lives, especially in the lives of the very young and the very old living with dementia.

Since then we've been recognized by the mayor of Cleveland and the Ohio Govenor for our hard work and committement to this imporatnt issue. We partner with communities to connect the generations and shift our relationship with life, aging and growing up.  We seek to end loneliness using empathy, music, storytelling and film.

the steps

Feb- Assembled a performance line-up (to be finalized soon)

March- We partnered with a sound company to offer pro bono services

April- We secured public square as the venue

May-  Began Fundraising and Marketing 

June  / July- Continuing to raise $ / Seek Sponsors / Seek Community and Media Partners 

August 19th Inaugural #RADStock Music and CultureFest

why we're doing it

The first concert was launched in Cleveland, Ohio.
Over the last 3 years it has become a "Worldwide" Movement now also known as #WRAD ​  ( to reflect the Global participation & support )



In 2016 there were 35 events in 12 Countries

In 2017 there were 76 #RockDementia17  events in 12 Countries on 3 Continents 


In 2018 there were 84 #RockDementia18 events in 19Countries on 5 Continents


Rock Against Dementia event can be any Concert, band performance, or gathering of friends sharing music dedicated to raising funds for the Alive Inside mission.

The funds raised from RAD events bring empathy, story and music training to young and old. Help us further the Alive Inside Empathy (R)Evolution!


AIF honors people like Wayne Mesker, who are changing our world.  Here is what he has done in Cleveland Ohio.




Disbursed Budget 8.6.18

Raised = $50.00
less ioby Platform Fee waived
less ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $1.46
Total to Disburse = $48.54
Print Post Cards promoting the Festival or else to buy Water for the performers & volunteers

Original Budget

1,000 for 4 porto potties

5,000 cost to rent public square for 20 hours

1000 for marketing and social media promotion

2,000 provide lunch & bottled water

1000 for documenting/media stipends (documentary and live streaming)


Subtotal = 10,000
ioby Platform Fee  $35
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $300
Total to raise = $10,335




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  • Wayne "Woody" Mesker