Friends of Noise

OCT Qualified
BIPOC-Led Organization


Friends of Noise is an organization built on the values of collectivism and restorative justice. We seek to transform the culture of BIPOC and LGBTQ+ youth access to the music industry. We foster a healthy ecosystem for all ages to thrive by meeting young people where they are and by facilitating opportunities for immersion into a safer arts community while uplifting youth voices.

Bottom Line for Portland

Our programs empower youth to contribute to our local music scene long before they are old enough to drink. It's our goal to build an inclusive all ages community arts center that will increase our capacity to guide, uplift, and provide paid work for youth.  With your help our future home will be a beacon of multicultural and multi-generational self expression for the entire region. 


I have been working with Friends of Noise since early high school and in addition to helping me start out in the music performance industry, I believe performing with Friends of Noise helped me learn about and become more confident in any professional setting. Having started working with FoN before applying for my first job, doing paid gigs gave me experience with communication, self-advocating, and other skills required to join the workforce. The variety of events I've played for FoN have allowed me to experience so much more of Portland, and meet so many wonderful people, and I will always be thankful for how much this organization has done for me!-Mei Anna, Singer Songwriter

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Diversity of artists, music genres and audience members makes for a safer, more vibrant and more open all ages music scene. When Hip Hop is on the same lineup as Rock, cool things happen. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion means that we strive to make everyone feel welcome and needed in our music scene.


With immense gratitude we are thrilled to share that Killian Pacific has agreed to match the first $8000 in donations! Give early and big to know that your impact will be doubled! 

$75+ donations will be entered into a drawing to win a custom made Tiny Anthem that celebrates a loved one or cherished pet! We'll select a winner in Nov and Dec. Check out the video to learn more about Tiny Anthems!

$50+ donations will receive a Friends of Noise merch pack! (T- shirt, button and sticker) Limit 100. You must include shirt size in donor note field to receive this prize! 

Join us for these all ages Give!Guide fundraising events featuring prize giveaways!

Fri 12/2:  Ya Heard open-mic event in partnership with Youth Music Project at their fantastic space in West Linn. 

Weds 12/21: Our annual Icebreaker show at Holocene, (bar for 21+). Artists TBA!

$16,936 raised of $50,000 goal
233 donations
34% of Goal


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Year Founded: 2016

Tax ID: 810899351

Friends of Noise is in the Creative Expression category which is sponsored by The Oregon Cultural Trust

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