Cliff Cultreri Needs Help – Discovered Joe Satriani & Steve Vai – Music for Nations, Relativity, Koch

Devin Townsend:  Ladies and gentlemen, I started this career 26 years ago by the hand of a man named Cliff Cultreri. He has undergone horrendous medical and personal trauma and is about to lose everything. Steve Vai and Joe Satriani were discovered by him as well. I’m selling gear to donate to him and he has a go fund me page as well. I wouldn’t be here without him. Please help if you can: GoFundMe Page

Cliff Cultreri here, reaching out on behalf of myself and my family in a desperate plea to raise money to cover extreme medical expenses as a result of a host of 30 + non-curable connective tissue, vascular, neurological, auto-immune and cancerous disorders that are simultaneously attacking my immune system, vascular system, nervous system, pulmonary system along with the glands throughout my body, bones, and spine. I’m trying to round up some artists & friends to raise donations and put together some benefit shows and auctions to raise money for my family as we are on the verge of being both sick and homeless which is a terrifying burden to have over one’s head.

For those of you unfamiliar with my work, I discovered Joe Satriani and Steve Vai, as well as working along side many other popular recording artists including Megadeth, Metallica, Corrosion of Conformity, Exodus, Death, Dark Angel, Possessed, Venom, Opeth, Slash’s Snakepit, Guns N’ Roses, Gary Moore, Peter Frampton, Warren Haynes & Gov’t Mule, The Cure, My Bloody Valentine, Agnostic Front and endless others while working at Relativity Records, Music For Nations and Koch Entertainment.

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It would be difficult to conceive of how my career would have turned out if not for Cliff Cultreri. When I released Flex-Able and chose to go the route of independent distribution as opposed to a conventional record deal, Cliff was head of “Important Record Distribution” and offered me a distribution deal. This was virtually unheard of in the business back at that time. Distributors did not sign artists for a one-off record, but Cliff did and this allowed me to retain all the rights to my record and collect the majority of income derived from it. Important Records formed a label called Relativity Records. I sent Cliff a CD of my favorite unknown guitarist, Joe Satriani, and they signed him to Relativity and did an amazing job on Joe’s earlier releases. I then signed with Cliff to Relativity and delivered Passion and Warfare to them. The label was eventually purchased by Sony, and we moved with it. None of this would have happened without the dedication, support and belief in Cliff. He also signed Devin Townsend to Relativity. As a matter of fact, Cliff is the one that introduced me to Devin when I was looking for a singer for “Sex And Religion” (also released on Relativity). Cliff has been perhaps the greatest voice for the artist that has resonated in any label I ever knew. He is just an overall great guy and is the kind of person that would bend over backwards for his friends. His guidance, inspired suggestions and undying support was the catalyst to our careers. And at this time, Cliff needs help. He has been plagued with unthinkable medical challenges over the past 16 years. In the past, Joe and I have put on 3 concerts to help raise money for Cliff’s overwhelming medical bills and to help get his family situated in an environment that was sustainable for him. It worked very well and helped contribute to Cliff getting by these last 10 years or so. But at this time, one of the medical challenges Cliff is suffering from is pancreatic cancer, and he is trying to raise funds to buy out his simple home so that his family will be relatively secure in the coming future. Donate here:

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