With more and more venues shutting down due to rising costs in metropolitan areas, some musicians are looking towards non-traditional venues, and people’s homes, as a means to an end. On this episode, we talk with the founder of the Undiscovered Music Network, a service that pairs musicians with willing home concert hosts, and Amber Sweeney, a singer/songwriter who’s recently done several house shows as part of her tour route. Rounding out the episode, we talk about the non-traditional venue host, So Far, with writer Emma Silvers, who wrote an exposé on the business’s rather unscrupulous practices for KQED.
We look at a few of the issues concert venues are working through to keep their spaces open and more inclusive. Learn all about HalfAccess, a nonprofit working with venues to make live music more accessible. We also hear about a new mandate that could threaten music venues under the guise of public safety.
In the second part of our 100th episode celebration and live taping, we spoke with organizations who strive to help musicians grow and take charge of their businesses. Maggie Vail (CASH Music), Ben Hubbird (CD Baby), Wade Metzler (SoundExchange), and Sierra Haager (Public Display PR) weigh in. We also hear from the new movement documenting and advocating for local musicians, MusicPortland, represented by Meara McLaughlin, Chris Young (Vortex), and Andre Middleton (Friends of Noise). They’re joined by City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly and DJ Klyph.
“Young people [are an] underserved population when it comes to the music industry.” That’s the point our guest Andre Middleton drives home on this week’s episode of The Future of What. In our discussion with Middleton (Friends of Noise, RACC) and Todd Fadel (The Meow Meow), we look at the logistics and pitfalls of starting and sustaining an all ages venue. Like many cities with rising rents and strict liquor laws, Portland has seen a slew of beloved all ages venues close in the last decade. Many people, young and old, still see the value in all ages venues. We talk with Claire Gunville (Semi Ok Collective) and Maya Stoner (Sabonis), both in their early twenties, about building an inclusive all ages community even without venues to turn to. The Vera Project in Seattle is often lauded for their all ages model, and their Talent Buyer Andrea Friedman gives us the low down on how they’ve survived for so long.