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In large part due to the involvement of partner Reverbnation, an online musical tool utilized by a plethora of up-and-coming bands, the Rock Offs reach has extended across the United States. This years Final Exam at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame features bands from Texas, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Virginia as well as Ohio. The prizes are fine - $1,000 to the winning band, with $250 to its high school music program, for example but the prestige of being a Rock Off champion has grown as much as the competition has. A release from sponsor and creator Live Nation notes that they are all industry professionals and those with indisputable longtime ties to the music business: Andy Leach, local performer and senior director of the Rock Halls Library & Archives; Carrie Samek, event marketing at Quicken Loans Arena; Cindy Barber, co-owner of the Beachland Ballroom & Tavern; Dave Watson, Sony Music regional manager A&R; Dawn Marshman, marketing director at the Cleveland House of Blues; Elle Lively, artist development at Jake Allen Music & The Accidentals; Fred Shade, Glassnote Records (Mumford and Sons, Childish Gambino, Chvrches, Secondhand Serenade); Paul Clark of PNC bank and a Rock Hall board member; Rob Ortenzi, creative director for Alternative Press magazine; Wallace Settles, talent buyer and booker at the Grog Shop; Kevin Young, VP Triple A format/In2une Music/Kobalt Music Group; Terri Pontremoli, director of Tri-C JazzFest; Lisa Vinciquerra, production manager and special event booker at the Rock Hall; and Brian Lowe, House of Blues and Masonic Auditorium talent buyer.