IASPM 2014: Taste-Making and Curation in the Portland, Oregon Music Scene

Portland has a diverse music scene with a lively gig culture and many active venues. Sam’s had difficulty choosing where to go each night for his research!

Sam Murray, PhD student, University of Cardiff

Portland, Oregon is a city renowned for its countercultural preference of cottage industry over multi-nationals, despite living in the shadow of Nike, Intel and Adidas. In terms of the music industries the city is pinpointed by a handful of independent labels and the various self-releasing internet platforms available. Music-making is also supported by a strong network of not-for-profit organisations providing opportunities to play, funding for exploratory projects and start-up capital for independent music industries such as record labels and studios.