MusicPortland is a new advocacy group for those who make up Portland’s vast music ecosystem. Members of the group’s board join us to discuss their philosophy, goals, and progress. If you want to ensure the health of your industry, check out their work and look for advocacy groups in your city. If you’re a Portlander, help MusicPortland gather the data they need to work on our behalf by visiting musicportland.org.
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.
A band has recorded some music — they’ve even set a date for their album release — but how do they get people to listen to it? Making press contacts and getting the right information to the right people can be difficult when you’re not a public relations expert. We’re joined by PR pros Sierra Haager (Public Display PR, bed.) and Chris Hnat (Grandstand Media & Management) who break down media relations do’s and don’t’s for artists. We also get advice from the editorial side with Chris Young (Vortex Music Magazine) and Casey Jarman (Mississippi Studios, fmr. Willamette Week).