Local Band Solicits Recordings and Merch for COVID-19 Fundraiser

In the years since they won the 2008 High School Rock Off, Cleveland “cinematic pop” quartet The Modern Electric have built themselves a strong and enduring career with their dramatic, wide-screen rock.

Now the band members have started a nonprofit organization called Cleveland Verses Foundation, dedicated to raising money for area musicians and venue employees sidelined by the pandemic and to give musicians the chance to help the community by contributing their talents.

Cleveland Verses has put out a call for northeast Ohio artists to submit a recording of themselves performing their own version of a Bob Dylan song, to be included on a charity album. The Modern Electric are kickstarting it their piano-driven version of the 1965 track “Queen Jane Approximately.” Among those who have contributed a track so far participating are Welshly Arms, Mr. Gnome, Herzog, Madeline Finn, John’s Little Sister, Dan Miraldi, Polars and Kid Tigrrr.

In addition, musicians are donating one-of-a-kind items, such as test pressings, signed instruments and paintings, which fans can buy at the Cleveland Verses online marketplace, along with themed merchandise such as T-shirts and mugs. All money goes to help those in the music scene out of work because of COVID-19.

Musicians who want to get involved, either by submitting a recording or donating items to be sold in the store, should check out this page for information. Submissions are being accepted through July 15.

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