RACC music forum on April 6 to address the state of music in Portland

Portland, Ore – On April 6, the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) will host a community forum for musicians, bookers, managers, writers, label owners, and all the folks who make music happen in Portland. “Happening! A homegrown local music forum” is an exploratory conversation about how music works around here, and how artists and supporters continue to shape it for themselves. This forum is presented as part of RACC’s 2014 workshop series.
“The idea for this event came from several discussions with musicians who want to connect more, talk about successes and challenges, and smarter ways to work together with all aspects of the music community,” said Becky Miller, RACC’s outreach coordinator and a professional musician herself. “This event will get people in the same room to have these conversations, and we’re optimistic about the impact they can make on the industry.”  
The event will feature a live DJ, time to meet and greet one another, and a panel of seasoned musicians and industry people, including Anna Jensen, Director of Underground Ops at Doug Fir Lounge;  Rebecca Gates,Musician and Artist; Jared Mees, Musician and Label Manager at Tender Loving EmpireMic CrenshawMusician and Co-Manager at KBOO; Ryan WhiteMusic Writer. ​ ​The panel with be moderated byDavid Gluck, Musician, and Artist Services Manager at Rumblefish.
After the panel, participants will break out into smaller groups to discuss a wide array of topics, so all attendees will get the chance to ask questions and be part of a discussion on their interests in music.  
Entry to the forum is available on a sliding scale ($5-$25), and includes a free drink + snacks for the first 50 attendees who register online. For more information and tickets, visit www.racc.org/workshops, or contact Becky Miller at 503-823-5428, or bmiller@racc.org.
Who: The Regional Arts & Culture Council and local musicians
What: Happening! A homegrown local music forum
When: Sunday, April 6, 2014 from 4:00-7:00pm
Where: Dig a Pony, 736 SE Grand, Portland