Rock Hall To Provide Financial Aid For Artists

The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Foundation, the group responsible for selecting artists and performers for the Cleveland-based museum, has just announced plans to offer grants and financial assistance for struggling musicians.

According the "Cleveland Plain Dealer," the Rock Hall Foundation will provide money to cover food, housing, and medical coverage for both inductees and nominees who have fallen on hard economic times.

Suzan Evans, executive director for the foundation, says the Hall will disperse $100,000 to artists in need this year and is hoping to expand the program to include other, non-Hall Of Fame artists in the next few years.

The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Foundation was established in 1993 by "Rolling Stone" publisher Jann Wenner and Atlantic Records Co-Chairman Ahmet Ertegun. The foundation is charged with helping recognize those who have made significant contributions to the development of rock music by formally inducting them into the Hall

Of Fame.

The most recent batch of artists chosen for the Rock Hall includes such legends as Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, and The Moonglows, among others (see "Eric Clapton, Earth Wind & Fire, James Taylor Selected For Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame").

The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame's Class of 2000 will be formally inducted during a ceremony slated for New York City's Waldorf Astoria Hotel on March 6.

-- David Basham

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