Mike-rocksummitOn December 7th Lava Room Recording owner Mike Brown was invited to speak on a panel at the Cleveland Rock Solid Summit. This event was hosted in the Tommy LiPuma Center for the Creative Arts on Tri-C’s Metro Campus.

The event was open to musicians, educators, promoters, business owners, festival enthusiasts, students and anyone with an interest in the Cleveland area music scene and it’s development. The day long summit was presented by Non-Profit organization Cleveland Rocks: Past Present and Future founded by Beachland Ballroom co-owner, Cindy Barber. “The Cleveland Rocks PPF partnered with the Recording Arts and Technology Program of Cuyahoga Community College, with support from Northeast Shores Development Corporation’s funding from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture and the Ohio Arts Council. The goal of the Rock Solid Summit was to bring discussions about the music industry into an open forum”(Cleveland Rocks PPF).  mike-rocksummit2

The discussion panels included topics such as:

Where Is Cleveland’s Music Economy?

Current Success Stories in Northeast Ohio music economy including manufacturing, recording, bands, and education.

Investing in Music etc.

Mike’s pannel discussed how to provide funding for Cleveland artists, musicians, and the overall entertainment industry in the area. Mike spoke on the importance of a recording budget and being prepared in order to successfully recoup costs through album sales. For artists that are not sure what their costs would be and are looking to record now there are several options that can fund you next projects. Noteworthy Credit Union is a company that prides themselves in their mission to serve the arts and entertainment community. “Noteworthy provides many types of loans but specializes in providing loans for musical instruments” (NoteWorthy Credit Union).

The day also included a partnership with the Rock Hall Library and Archives to discuss an “Ohio History Connection grant-funded project to process and digitize a portion of the Jane Scott Papers. Scott was a pioneering music reporter for the Cleveland Plain Dealer from 1964 to 2002. The Scott Papers are an essential piece of the Rock Hall’s local music collecting initiative, NEO Sound”(Cindy Barber, Cleveland Rocks: Past Present and Future).

rocksolid1The event concluded with an industry networking reception in the Rock Hall Archives.

Keep an eye out for the Rock Solid Summit event next year!

For more information on Non-Profit Organization Cleveland Rocks: Past Present and Future visit this link to their FB Page: http://on.fb.me/1Y8Jysq

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