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Ace Hotel, Martin Guitar and The Good Peoples Group to Support Pittsburgh Musicians with Mini Grants

Ace Hotel, Martin Guitar and The Good Peoples Group to Support Pittsburgh Musicians with Mini Grants

Ace Hotel and Martin Guitar have extended their 2016 partnership, joining forces with Pittsburgh-based multidisciplinary creative problem solvers The Good Peoples Group to collaborate on Up and Comin', a mini grant initiative. Grants will be awarded in amounts between $500 and $2000 for emerging musicians, songwriters and noise artists whose work demonstrates the breadth of creativity that is central to the city's culture. 

The heart of a city is its creatives, its collective spaces and its local shops and purveyors. The funds from these mini grants are designed to provide local Pittsburgh musicians with the means to further their practice, whether that requires hiring a lawyer to draft a tour agreement, designing a new website or buying studio time to record an EP. The mission here is to
support and perpetuate Pittsburgh's vibrant music scene while galvanizing the city's cultural communities by encouraging innovative and generative projects.

All funds distributed through the Up and Comin' grant program are slated to be spent within Pittsburgh. Through The Good Peoples Group's direct sourcing stipulation, local favorites will be able to support their own local favorites. 

Grant applications are open from July 18–August 8, and recipients will be awarded at the end of August. Projects funded must be completed by October 30. Any Pittsburgh resident over the age of 15 is eligible to apply via a video entry. Email thegoodpeoplesgroup@gmail.com for further details or an application.

About Martin Guitar & Martin Strings

C.F. Martin & Co. ® (www.martinguitar.com) has been creating the finest instruments in the world for 183 years.  It continues to innovate, introducing techniques and features that have become industry standards, including X-bracing, the 14-fret guitar and the “Dreadnought” size. One of the world’s leading acoustic instrument makers, Martin guitars are hand-made by skilled craftsmen and women, who use a combination of new design and techniques, along with those introduced by the company founder. The company is also known for producing high-quality, popular acoustic guitar strings. These include the successful Martin SP® LIFESPAN™ the fastest-growing treated string in the industry, the exciting new Retro Strings line played and loved by Tony Rice and Laurence Juber and the Martin SP line, which uses an industry leading core wire to hold tunings better. Martin guitars and Martin strings are the instruments and strings of choice for musicians around the world, from the icons of rock, pop, country, folk and bluegrass to those just beginning their careers. They can be seen across all segments of pop culture, from television to movies, Broadway, books, online, and gracing the covers of popular magazines on newsstands everywhere. Connect with Martin and Martin Strings on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube and via www.martinguitar.com and www.martinstrings.com.

About Ace Hotel
Ace Hotel reimagines urban hotels for people who make cities interesting. We crave experience more than hospitality clichés. We are curious about the history and geography of the buildings we inhabit, and let these guide us to someplace fresh and familiar.

About Justin Strong

Founder/Chief Executive Manager of 7th Movement Development, LLC an entertainment & retail development firm, based in Pittsburgh, PA. Best known as one of the pioneering business operators in the “New East Liberty” developments with the Shadow Lounge (2000-2013) and AVA Bar & Lounge (2007-2013). Strong created and managed one of the most memorable and unique local entertainment venues that the city of Pittsburgh had to offer for over 13 years.  Strong’s network of talented artists and progressive thinking professionals, young and experienced, is second to none and his reputation in Pittsburgh’s local business community is never understated. Justin possesses a wide range of skills in management, administration and business development with a focus in the creative arts and entertainment industry. Poised and focused in fast paced, high volume environments with the confidence and ability to multi-task, supervise and facilitate effectively, Justin is a true problem solver.

*AWARDS: 40 under 40, Pittsburgh Magazine, 2002 ∙ Fab 40, New Pittsburgh Courier, 2005 ∙Entrepreneur of the Year, NFTE, 1998 ∙CORO Fellowship, 2001 ∙Speaker, Denver Leadership Exchange, 2013 ∙Proclamation, City of Pittsburgh, Multi Years ∙Storyteller, Pittsburgh Moth Main stage, 2013 ∙5 People Making Pittsburgh More Livable for All, NextPittsburgh.com, 2014 ∙ BOARDS: Sprout Fund, 2004∙ PA League of Young Voters, 2003

About Liana Maneese

Brazilian Born and Pittsburgh raised, Liana is an award winning activist and entrepreneur. A visionary and catalyst for new and creative ways to engage. At the age of 15 while she was in high school, she started RedTape Productions, (now RedTape Design based in NYC). After attending fashion school at FIDM in Los Angeles, Liana helped found startup Starmen Design Group in Hollywood, now an award winning firm. Upon finishing another degree in Race and Gender studies at Chatham University, Liana continued her entrepreneurial ventures with The Good Peoples Group, specializing in creative and cultural problem-solving through identity navigation, building and honoring resilience and dynamic team building and Adopting Identity, where she is documenting her story of transracial adoption and presenting programming around multiracial relationships right here in Pittsburgh. Always pushing her own boundaries of self discovery, her story motivates and inspires many through speaking and creative projects. Liana is a resident artist at Kelly Strayhorn Theater’s Penn Avenue Creative program, one of this year’s Ace Hotel Artists in Residence, and was featured as June’s 2016 Creative Mornings speaker.

*AWARDS: Pittsburgh Courier FAB ∙ 40 Award Winner—Activism ∙ ULP-NULITE Award for Entrepreneurship 99’ ∙Public Allier 10’

BOARDS: YUIR, 2015-present

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