2018 High School Rock Off PNC

PNC Bank to Award High School Rock Off Senior Participants with TRI-C® Scholarships

CLEVELAND – Nov. 29, 2017 – Live Nation is proud to announce the 22nd Annual Tri-C® High School Rock Off will once again take place at the legendary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

This year, high school seniors will have the opportunity to apply for three PNC Bank scholarships to the Cuyahoga Community College Gill and Tommy LiPuma Center for Performing Arts.

The Live Nation Cleveland office is accepting Rock Off entry forms now through Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. The annual battle of the high school bands and musicians is presented by Live Nation, Tri-C, PNC, Scene Magazine, Fox 8, 96.5 KISS FM, 100.7 WMMS, and iHeart Media. All High School Rock Off tickets will include admission to the Rock Hall and access to its newest exhibits, including the new Inductee Exhibit, Rolling Stone: 50 Years, the all-new Power of Rock Experience in the Connor Theater, and Say it Loud.

“High School Rock Off is an incredible opportunity to showcase the talent of all these young artists,” says Greg Harris, president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. “Rock Off alumni have launched successful music careers, and we’re providing opportunities for them to perform live at the Rock Hall and during the celebrations around the induction ceremony’s return to Cleveland in April 2018.”

PNC Bank will help three participating high school seniors launch their careers in music by providing scholarships of up to $2,000 to Tri-C.

“Arts and music transcend boundaries and bring people together in unique ways,” said Paul Clark, PNC regional president of Cleveland. “These scholarships will help students who excel musically to sharpen their talents, which they can use to boost their careers and further enhance our community.”

“These scholarships will help create an unparalleled opportunity for Tri-C to help students who have competed in the Rock Off to jumpstart their careers in music performance, marketing, promotion and recording technology,” said David Kennedy, director of Tri-C’s Recording Arts and Technology program. “We help focus their passion and provide training, degrees and job opportunities. Rock Off alumni work in the music industry, in recording studios, in concert halls and arenas, on tour, in equipment manufacturing, in broadcasting, in marketing and promotion, at the Rock Hall, at the House of Blues, and with Live Nation. The partnership gives Tri-C students the opportunity to connect with artists and professionals in many meaningful and productive ways.”

  1. will have access to the teams at House of Blues Cleveland, The Beachland Ballroom, The Grog Shop and Musica, giving them the inside track to book showcases or have a CD release party with other Rock Off bands at these venues. Judges from these venues will give feedback on performances and possible guidance to begin the musical journey.


The Rock Off will take place Jan. 20-Feb. 17, 2018. All genres of high school bands and musicians are welcome to enter. Additional information and entry forms are available at www.rockhall.com/rockoff. Deadline to enter has been extended to Friday, Dec. 22, 2017 at 3 p.m.

Winning participants have the chance to win cash prizes and the first place winner will have the opportunity to perform at the 2018 Vans Warped Tour at Blossom Music Center and at the Rock Hall’s annual Summer in the City program on the PNC Stage. One finalist will also be selected to perform at the 2018 Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland.

The 2018 Rock Hall Inductions will take place in Cleveland and the winning bands will be invited to perform at special functions produced by The Rock Hall during induction week.


Northern Ohio high school graphic artists can enter a contest to create this year’s design for the official High School Rock Off downloadable CD cover artwork, the official Rock Off T-shirt and poster sold at the 2017 Rock Off. Art entries must be submitted to Live Nation by Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 at 5 p.m.

PNC Bank

PNC Bank, National Association, is a member of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC). PNC is one of the largest diversified financial services institutions in the United States, organized around its customers and communities for strong relationships and local delivery of retail and business banking including a full range of lending products; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management and asset management. For information about PNC, visit www.pnc.com.

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