New podcast The Popko Project and Axelrad Screen Printing have partnered to launch “Shirts for the Scene,” which will allow fans to purchase their favorite local or regional band’s or artist’s shirt with all proceeds going directly to them.

“It’s no secret that 2020 has not been the year any of us wanted.  While COVID-19 has had a negative impact on everyone, the entertainment industry has taken one of the biggest hits,” said Popko Project host Johnny Popko. “As we continue to social distance and venues are forced to maintain certain capacity limits, bands can’t tour or play in the local venues.  Photographers who specialize in concert photography are not currently needed.  Entertainment writers have been limited in regards to event coverage.  The list goes on.

“As someone who has been part of the local entertainment scene in Northeastern, Pennsylvanian for almost 17 years, I felt compelled to help.  Musicians specifically have always been the first ones to donate their time and talents for benefits when someone was in need.  Now, it is them who need our help.  Money they made from playing shows and selling merch is essentially non-existent.”

At the Axelrad site, “you’ll find a ton of artists that need our support during these difficult times. These will make great gifts for the holidays and you’ll be helping support those who have selflessly helped so many over the years,” Popko said.

If your band isn’t included in the store and you would like it to be, you can submit a vector file image of your band’s logo to info@thepopkoproject.com.

The Popko Project podcast will launch soon. Popko said the plan to start will be virtual video interviews shared on social media as well as the audio being made available on platforms like Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts. His radio show, Alt Natives on Alt 92.1 FM, is on hiatus.


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