The Red MacCormack Recording Grant 2010 – Accepting Applications 10/1


The Rivertown Music Club will begin accepting applications for one $500 Recording Grant given in loving memory of local musician, Red MacCormack, beginning October 1, 2010 and ending October 31, 2010. These grants are to be used to offset the costs of producing and recording original music by local artists/bands.

Past winners include; Magnolia Mountain, The Lion’s Rampant, Kristen Key, G. Burton, Turnbull ACs, 500 Miles to Memphis, The Sundresses, Straw Boss, Junior Revolution and Liz Bowater.

Applications must be submitted by mail to:
The Rivertown Music Club
c/o Kelly Thomas
816 Main Street, # 1
Covington, KY 41011

To Apply:
You must be based out of The Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Area
You must be 18 years of age.

Provide the following:
Send a sample of 2-3 songs on CD (can be bare bones-nothing fancy-we just need to be able to hear your songs). Please include typed lyrics.

Provide an estimated budget for your recording project. Show us you’ve done the ground work—i.e. estimated cost for studio time, packaging, mastering, etc. If you have already started on your project include copies of receipts.

Band Bio and Website information.

Funds will be released to winner by January 31, 2011.

Recipients are asked to agree to two terms if awarded a grant;

1. The project will be completed and released within one calendar year of receiving the funds.
2. Recipient must agree to mention The Red Mac Cormack Recording Grant, in the liner notes of the project. If this is a problem do not apply for the funds.

Winner will be determined by a committee organized by The Rivertown Music Club.

Questions can be directed to Kelly at [email protected].

A little bit about Red;

Red was born in Portland, Maine March 13, 1962. His first love, starting at age 11, was playing the drums. He played with Port City Spoilers and Live Wire, in Maine. He toured nationally with the late Cub Coda (Smokin’ In The Boys Room) in the 80s before eventually settling in Cincinnati. Locally Red rocked with Overdue, Medicine Hat, Second Sister, The Sonny Morman Group and others…Red was an incredible showman who would steal the show from behind his drum kit…twirling, throwing and sometimes even lighting his sticks on fire and blowing flames! The thing that most musicians noticed about Red was his incredible unique style and impeccable timing. Red was a primary songwriter and arranger for Medicine Hat and Second Sister.

Not only was Red a talented musician he hand-crafted drums and owned and operated Red’s Music in Clifton. A particularly great moment for Red was when he was able to personally give Chris Layton of Double Trouble a snare drum he had custom built for him.

Throughout the years Red had struggled with addiction. He had several long stretches of sobriety, particularly while playing with Overdue. Sadly, like so many vibrant, talented people before him Red lost his fight on January 26, 2002 after an accidental overdose. He was just weeks from his 40th birthday.

After his death there was an outpouring of love and support for Red and his family. There could be no doubt that Red had touched a countless number of people. In honor of his enormous heart and generosity of spirit The Rivertown Music Club will be awarding a Recording Grant annually in Red’s name. This is our way of keeping Red alive in our hearts and minds.

If you are trapped in the cycle of addiction please seek help…you are not alone.
Contact The Hamilton County Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services (ADAS) board to find treatment…513-621-7202 .

If a loved one is addicted contact Al-Anon for support…513-771-4070