All Ages. Always.
Supporting creative youth in Portland through
What We Do
Friends of Noise provides programs, workshops, and other professional development opportunities for teens and young adults to gain experience with sound equipment, and performing so they are more prepared to navigate the music industry.
Inclusive All Ages Shows
An integral core foundation to Friends of Noise is the
Fon Talent & Sound Services
Need sound equipment and a sound expert for your next event? We have you and your needs covered. From garden parties to outdoor festivals we have the gear and expertise to make sure that your event sounds great!
Friends of Noise presents on XRAY.fm
Through an exciting partnership with XRAY.fm we have trained and offered radio DJ slots to youth members of our community. Check them out on 2-3pm Mondays on 91.1 fm or on demand at XRAY.fm.org
Amplify youth Voices
Friends of Noise provides resources, support and mentorship to youth that have something to say. The youth of our community have agency and the self determination to have a positive impact on our community now, not some for off future. So we aim to make sure that they are heard loud and clear.
FON Bulletin Board
What We Value
We believe that no matter how youth identify, music and self expression should be accessible. At Friends Of Noise, our goal is that no matter who you are, you always feel welcome at our shows and are able to freely enjoy and participate in our region’s music ecosystem.
all ages always
#allagesalways Here at Friends of Noise, we believe art is a medium for social change; therefore, our mission includes empowering youth through music, poetry and prodution skills to give them the tools to enhance their communities with their creativity.
diversity & Inclusivitity
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion are principal values that have driven our growth and relevance to the youth that we serve. This is why most of our shows are multi genres so that young audiences from different backgrounds can enjoy music together.
FoN Talent & Sound Services
If you and or your organization needs entertainment, FoN Sound Services can help. The teen musical artists are not only extremely talented, they are crowd pleasers as well. By bookingthem for our own all ages shows first we get to vet them and see their creative and professional growth. Need sound equipment and a sound expert for your next event? We have you and your needs covered. From garden parties to outdoor festivals we have the gear and expertise to make sure that your event sounds great! From staging to lights, from microphones to speakers and from tents to generators we have what you need or we’ll get it. Use the button below to request talent and sound services from us!
Featured Media Gallery
Check out our photo gallery and videos, updated often.
What we’ve been up to!
Friends of Noise team up with Young Audiences of Oregon and SW Washington to produce the Live SET workshop series and Showcase.
Live SET (Sound Engineering for Teens) was a 6 session workshop series that taught high school students the basics of live sound engineering. Students learned how to wrap cables, set up a PA, prevent feedback and so much more. At the final showcase the students transformed a gallery space at Oregon Contemporary into a small venue. We even had a ten year old DJ from Speck’s records on hand to keep the party going in between sets.
This is a great example of how strong partnerships can create amazing opportunities for personal and career growth for the youthat we work with. With your donation via the Willamette Week Give Guide we can continue to this work and see that the opportunities for the youth that we support are endless.
12,000 of young people served
Performers + Safer Spaces + Audience = Community
#allagesalways = #allagesallstages
Check Out Youth Power PDX
They have not only provided the venues and shows but have given kids the opportunity to learn the business aspect of getting gigs, networking