We Serve Music Venues

We Serve Music Venues

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Some 300 spots in the Portland metro area regularly host live music—that’s nearly twice the number boasted by Austin. Our many small venues allow performers to evolve new sounds alongside fans, growing together as well as our reputation for innovation and inventiveness.

But without a coordinated effort, every venue stands alone against new residential infill, zoning changes and skyrocketing rents. Without economic impact data, no venue can effectively fight the forces that oppose you.

Together, with all of Portland’s other music businesses and the coordinated support of musicians, we have strength in numbers to support spaces for live performance and explore new ways to increase earnings for performers and venues alike. We must work together in an integrated and strategic way to create new approaches that support all players in the local music scene. We cannot do it without you.


MusicPortland is working to:

  • Kickoff the first Portland music Economic Impact Study; the resulting quantified data on our local music economy will inform all future advocacy and promotional efforts
  • Advocate with city and state government to streamline venue licensing/regulatory processes and institutionalize venue defense in building codes
  • Negotiate with City Hall to define new creative funding streams to help venues (as cultural centers) meet new seismic retrofit mandates
  • Promote the cultural and economic significance of live music in the city to increase attendance, grow venue revenues, and engage policy makers
  • Participate directly in implementation strategy for City Hall's "Affordable Arts Spaces" resolution to protect and expand venue options in the city
  • Improve venue bottom lines and working conditions for performers by working with MusicPortland members, OLCC and others to create more sustainable economic models for the live music economy
  • Expand and evolve efficient and effective discovery of and processes between venues and musicians including professional development for performers
  • Create a collective MusicPortland Fan Card program that will incentivize live show attendance across the city and provide uniquely useful data for venues to grow loyalty and revenues

MusicPortland dues are 100% tax deductible!

The first step toward membership is to complete a venue profile.

MusicPortland's Venue Initiatives are influenced by our members. You tell us, we listen. Join now so we can hear your voice!


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Photo above by Jason Quigley