Music industry

Portland’s music industry comes up with a plan to save the local scene, starting with noise ordinances

Members of non-profit group MusicPortland fear the local government is not doing enough to help local music businesses stay afloat.

So the group presented a seven-point plan outlining specific steps that could help ensure the survival of the city’s music scene.

The plan includes clarifying city regulations, streamlining enforcement and oversight, and reducing reliance on police in live music settings.

An OPB file photo of Ural Thomas & the Pain at PDX Pop Now in 2018. PDX Pop Now organizers have signed on to Music Portland’s seven-point plan to help the city’s music scene.

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Among the most important topics discussed at a meeting Monday between music industry executives and city commissioners was how the city currently responds to noise complaints.

A noise regulation ordinance was specifically addressed by MusicPortland board member Jamie Dunphy, who said the code was too subjective.

“This is the code that has always been used by police to break up block parties. It’s not meant to be a code that a regulated industry is governed by,” Dunphy said. “We want a cohesive set of standards by which the entire music industry operates and is judged.”

Dunphy also said the specific police-focused noise code conflicts with another city ordinance enforced by Portland’s noise program, which monitors noise in decibels based on location and time. of the day, and which he believes is an objective scientific standard.

Portland Commissioner Mingus Mapps suggested that one way to solve the noise complaint problem would be to divert noise complaints from the Portland police to other city departments, such as the city’s noise program. city.

“We also need to rethink public safety so that they really focus on public safety rather than harassing your colleagues and shutting down good shows,” Mapps said.

Adam Lyons, director of communications in the Mapps office, said the last time the city council addressed the issue was in the summer and no public meeting was scheduled immediately.

MusicPortland hopes to keep the issue on the city’s radar.

Portland City Commissioners Carmen Rubio, left, and Mingus Mapps speak to a crowd at the Portland Music Industry State's Revolution Hall on November 1, 2021.

Portland City Commissioners Carmen Rubio, left, and Mingus Mapps speak to a crowd at the Portland Music Industry State’s Revolution Hall on November 1, 2021.

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