Who We Are


MusicPortland is a member-based 501(c)6 trade association and advocacy group. We believe that a diverse coalition of voices raised in harmony can create powerful change. Our Board and Advisory Circle draw from all corners of Portland’s independent music industry, and they serve to listen to and advocate for our members and the Portland musical community at large. Add your voice by filling out a MusicPortland Profile today, and please consider becoming a Contributing Member to support our work financially.


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)

Our Advisory Circle

  • Dominik Schmidt, ROLA Music

  • Larry Crane, Jackpot! Recording Studios

  • Terry Currier, Music Millennium

  • Lewi Longmire, LaurelThirst Public House & 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.

photos by Ignacio Quintana


About the Organization

In 2015, a group of local music community leaders started a conversation. Our growing city was making it harder and harder to make music, produce music, and support music. Through researching the successes and failures of other cities and recognizing our own unique Portland 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.

MusicPortland seeks to support and grow our uniquely diverse and independent scene by bringing us together to collectively sustain and grow our local treasure.

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. We want to hear from all business sectors, musical genres, and stakeholders to inform how this representative organization evolves.

For a deeper dive into our objectives, here is the 30 minute presentation from our Kick-off Party, featuring Portia Sabin (Kill Rock Stars), Meara McLaughlin (Executive Director, MusicPortland), and representatives from City Hall.


If you support our work, join us!


Our work is made possible by the generous support of our Contributing Members. Please consider joining us. MusicPortland dues are a fully tax deductible business expense and available at a sliding scale to fit your means and support of our mission. Our initiatives are influenced by our members. You tell us, we listen.