MusicPortlad is hosting Portland’s first candidate forum by and for the music community on Sunday, May 3 at 1pm. We’ll be asking the candidates for city council positions 1, 2 and 4 about the issues that matter to venues, music businesses, fans and musicians, and how Portland can be a more music-supportive city as we rebuild.
Right now, the world and our lives are sad, uncertain, restricted and helpless. But that will not always be so. We have a historic opportunity to change the future of our city, including its acknowledgement and support of our music ecosystem.
Four out of five seats on Portland’s City Council are up for election in this upcoming election. This local election of those who make the decisions for our city has a very real and direct impact on your future in music here. The primary vote to narrow the field (or decide a winner) is on May 19. Last year, only 35 percent of those who could vote cast a vote in the primary. If everyone who makes some or part of their living through music or a music business voted for the most music-supportive candidate, we can shift this election.
Our Face the Music candidate forum will ask each of the city commissioner candidates to make a short statement specific to Portland independent music and the clear threats we face. We will be asking them exactly how they intend to help our music culture share in the pre-Covid prosperity it has directly helped to shape and how they will support music in the recovery period. It is vital that we, as a music community, get involved, hear them out, and make our own choice about who will best support our city as a whole as well as the music community specifically.
Confirmed Candidates Attending