A months-in-the-planning fundraiser to bring music to downtown Claremore kicked off earlier this week, with Claremore Main Street's Music on Main initiative.
This program is a fundraiser that seeks to raise $25,000 to install a dozen speaker sets on existing light poles in downtown Claremore, to be used to provide music along Will Rogers Boulevard and in the downtown area.
“Music enhances customer moods and visual pleasure, directly leading them to be happier,” said Debbie Butler, Claremore Main Street Board President. “It’s powerful, and we know this. We feel this (music) is something that’s missing, and we would like to bring it to downtown.”
“The concept is simple,” explained Jessica Jackson, Claremore Main Street executive director. “During business hours, the speakers will play music — whether it’s popular music or a holiday hit — for people sitting on a bench or wandering through the downtown.
“During downtown events like Dickens on the Boulevard or Food Truck Thursday, music, bands and announcements from the stage will play throughout the three blocks,” she said. “As people stroll through downtown, we want them to be able to enjoy the latest hits or classic favorites. During the holiday season, we want to fill the streets with Christmas cheer through music.
“Basically, we want to surround Claremore’s historic core with joy and harmony,” she said.
This project was the result of numerous committee members experiencing music in downtown’s across Oklahoma, such as Okmulgee, Broken Arrow and Collinsville.
“I’ve experienced this (music downtown) in several other communities and thought to myself, ‘We need this in Claremore,’” Jackson said. “We hope to see the system fully in place in the middle of the summer of 2018.”
Already, support has been shown from several local businesses and partners, who have agreed to match
certain funds raised by community individuals.
“We’re thankful to have local businesses support us through matching donations,” Butler said. “Because of their support, individual contributions will be matched dollar-for-dollar, so you can make a bigger impact on this project.”
Donations on earlier this week during Claremore Main Street’s Giving Tuesday event were matched through a grant from the National Main Street Center.
Other matching donations will be from the Downtown Claremore Merchant Association, the Claremore Museum of History, The District on Main and RCB Bank.
The Music on Main committee is made up of representatives from downtown businesses, City of Claremore, Claremore Collective, Claremore Industrial and Economic Development Authority, Rogers County Industrial Development Authority, Rogers County, RCB Bank, Claremore Main Street Board members and volunteers within the community.
Jackson said that Claremore Main Street hopes to raise the full $25,000 needed by mid-March, and support of individuals in the community is critical.
“This (project) is for the community and in turn will be funded by the community,” she said. “Main Street is contributing finances as well as time and talent, but we want the community involved.”
To donate to Music on Main, visit http://bit.ly/MusicOnMainCMS.
For more information, call Jackson at 918-341-5881 or email email@example.com.