Synth Library Portland
Synth Library Portland is a collectively run non-profit centering low-cost community access to electronic music gear and education for Portland, OR.
Bottom Line for Portland
Synth Library Portland empowers people by providing equipment, knowledge, and opportunities to experiment and create.
After losing our physical space due to COVID we pivoted to launch our gear lending library, and in 2023 hosted over 45 workshops, performances, and community events throughout the city.
Library members can check out synthesizers, keyboards, guitar pedals, books and other resources for two-week periods.
We bring the tools of electronic music to new people, especially to those who are marginalized or otherwise face barriers to accessing such resources.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Each lending cycle in our gear library has a priority window for self-identified QTBIPOC members, whereby they have first pick of checking out items. When possible, we offer two full QTBIPOC scholarships per workshop.
Low-cost access to resources is a cornerstone of our organization, and no one who wants to join our lending library is turned away for lack of funds.
Control Voltage is partnering with Synth Library Portland to host regular workshops, including Intro to Synthesis classes. Stay tuned for workshop dates via our Instagram, newsletter, and https://synthlibraryportland.com/Upcoming-Events
Explore more electronic music instruments at https://www.controlvoltage.net/
We’ve also partnered with My Voice Music, a non-profit that amplifies young voices and promotes self-discovery through music. Be sure to attend their Youth Music Showcase on December 10th. https://myvoicemusic.org/
Year Founded: 2015
Tax ID: 47-4131532
Synth Library Portland is in the Creative Expression category which is sponsored by The Oregon Cultural Trust.
They're a micro-sized organization with activities in Clackamas Co., Multnomah Co., Washington Co. and beyond.