What We Do
We bring together all parts of the local music ecosystem including artists, performers, music professionals, and venues. Our local culture is far more collaborative than competitive. We are an interdependent system, and the more we connect, the more successful we’ll be.
Economic Data Collection
We are conducting the first-ever census of the Portland music industry through our MusicPortland Profile Drive and an Economic Impact Study in partnership with PSU and the City of Portland. By quantifying the impact music and artists have on our city for the first time, we can leverage the resulting data to better inform economic development planning, public policy, business development and music tourism initiatives. Fellow music cities like Austin, Nashville, and Seattle have already gathered this data resulting in major policy wins and economic growth.
As our city grows, it is harder to retain the close-knit musician communities or to find the music businesses and resources you need. MusicPortland will be an information hub to promote and host professional development and networking opportunities.
Monthly Meet-ups and Gatherings
We’ve hosted nearly 30 gatherings by genre, by industry sector and our exciting First Monday Meetups for the entire Portland music industry that includes networking, professional development and updates on the positive changes happening through our collective efforts. Our First Monday Meet-ups regularly bring together more than a hundred local music professionals (musicians, producers, labels, managers, publicists and more). As a representative organization, all of our gatherings provide opportunities to share your views, concerns and ideas for how MusicPortland can support you. Join us on the next First Monday.
We are powerful together. As an example, in early 2019 over a hundred members of our community (including musicians, industry professionals, and fans) stood together to oppose a policy that threatened local venues and affordable housing, through City Hall protests, letter-writing gatherings, and social media. Being united, informed, and engaged, we can have an enormous impact on this city.