Who We Are

Simply put, MusicPortland is YOU (if you are a artist, musician or performer, a music industry professional, or a music venue). Member voices directly influence our efforts and members will benefit directly from the work we do.

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In 2015, a group of local music community leaders started a conversation. Our growing city was making it harder and harder to make music, play music, produce music, and create the stuff of music. These conversations continued with multiple roundtables including nearly 50 folks from every part of the local music ecology (musicians, labels, producers, venues, etc.). Through research into the successes (or failures) of other cities, and recognizing our own unique culture, a vision for MusicPortland emerged. Everyone was committed to a simple idea: Make Portland a better place to make or support the making of music.

Unlike some cities, Portland is not a monolithic, genre-defined music culture. With our breadth and cross-genre creativity, our independent spirit is what defines us. MusicPortland seeks to support and grow our uniquely diverse and independent scene by bringing us together to collectively sustain our local treasure. We will all rise (or fall) together.

With incorporation in 2017 as a 501(c)(6) Industry Association, the conversation and vision for MusicPortland is still developing and needs your voice as a music community member. Through gatherings and online input, we want to hear from all business sectors, musical genres and stakeholders to inform how this representative organization evolves.

The MusicPortland Board

  • Heather Wilton, Portland 5 (Talent Buyer, Manager)
  • Chris Young, Vortex Music Magazine (Editor-In-Chief)
  • Meara McLaughlin, MusicPortland (Executive Director)
  • Larry Holt, Greater Portland, Inc. (Business Development)
  • Lori Hughes, McMenamins (Talent Buyer)
  • Farnell Newton (Performer, Educator and Community Organizer)
  • Tyler Stone, Sutro (Electronic Artist, Organizer)
  • Bim Ditson, And And And (Musician and Activist) 
  • Danielle King, CD Baby (Music distribution)
  • Philip Graham, Ear Trumpet Labs (Microphone Manufacturer)
  • Eric Nordby, Marmoset (Music Licensing, Label and more)

Advisory Circle

  • Dominik Schmidt, ROLA Music
  • Larry Crane, Jackpot! Recording Studios 
  • Terry Currier, Music Millennium 
  • Lewi Longmire, LaurelThirst Public House and too many bands to name  
  • John Shepski, Fluff & Gravy Records 
  • Cliff Stanford, DJ Klyph (Producer and Activist) 
  • Allen Bargfrede, DotBlockChain Music (technologist)
  • Bruce Fife, Musicians Union, Local 99
  • Chris Benson, Benson Amps
  • Kate O'Brien - Understory Creative
  • Ryan Meagher, Jazz musician and Label

Please let us know if you would like to join the Advisory Circle or get involved in particular areas of our efforts. We need everyone's help to make this a success.

If you have the means to support our work financially at any level, it will allow us to keep making positive changes for our music community.

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