All Ages. Always.

Portland, OR

Supporting creative youth in Portland through all-ages concerts, workshops, and experience navigating the music scene.


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Friends of Noise

Supporting creative youth in Portland through all ages concerts, workshops, and experience navigating the music scene.

501-c3 81-0899351 Est. 2016

Friends of Noise Presents: Join us for our next show! We regularly host all ages concerts featuring genres from Hip Hop to Punk, and everything in between.

At the heart of Friends of Noise is people of all races and gender identities and you can see this represented at our shows. Our events are safe spaces so we have zero tolerance for any hate speech, disrespectful actions, or unwelcome touching. If you experience any of this at one of our events, whether you are a performer or audience member please inform a Friends of Noise staff member (wearing a Friends of Noise T-shirt or neon safety vest). Anyone who is disrespecting others will be asked to leave.

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Youth who are passionate about music performance and sound engineering can get a solid start through our Professional development programming. We provide workshops, on-the-job training, access to mentorship, and a pathway to paid work doing what they love. Our programs teach young people the technical skills needed in the music industry as well as softer skills like time management, interacting with adult clients, and teamwork.


Save the dates: April 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28

LiveSET (Live Sound Engineering for Teens) presented in collaboration with our partners Arts for Learning NW, is an exciting program for Portland-area teens aged 15-19 to get real world practical training in the art and science of live sound engineering from top professionals in the field.





Ya Heard is our monthly BIPOC-centered open mic night for youth who want to share their poems, bars, music, movement, stories, and issues that are important to them. Co-hosted by youth from our community, this event rotates through different venues in Portland as we partner with like-minded youth organizations. For beginning artists, this is a great way to gain the experience to perform at an upcoming Friends of Noise show! More info about the next Ya Heard here >>>

AMPLIFY: BIPOC Affinity Band is an 8 week mentorship program for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, Person of Color) middle school youth ages 11-14, with, or without, previous musical experience. BIPOC Affinity Band offers an introduction to writing, recording, and performing music in an inclusive and collaborative space. Participants will work with BIPOC facilitators to: learn how to play instruments and sing; improve skills on instruments they already play; write original songs; form a band and perform for friends and family at an end of term showcase; and record in our professional recording studio. This program is facilitated, in partnership, with My Voice Music

Dates: Spring Term (exact dates TBD)
Time: TBD
Ages: Flexible, generally 11-14
Cost: $200 (Scholarships available)
Rolling Registration: Please email if you have questions or to inquire about capacity before registering mid-season.

Rose City Rising is an intergenerational collaborative recording project that provides a platform for young people of color, LGBTQ+ youth, and their allies to use music for self expression, access to mentorship and exposure to the steps involved in recording and releasing an album of new music. We recruit local music community members as visiting workshop teachers to share their knowledge and experience with participating youth. This project empowers youth and adults alike to contribute their talents to help create a vibrant all ages ecosystem.

Our youth sound engineering program, the Sound Squad Supreme is  a jobs program that provides teens with hands-on instruction and paid work. 

Our Talent and Sound Services division is a program that connects our roster of young artists and sound engineers with paid work providing professional services for the event needs of local non-profits and companies. If you are interested in our services, submit your bid request here >>>


FoN presents on XRAY FM: Friends of Noise on is a conduit for teens and young adults to share the music that they love as well as create space on the local airwaves for local bands of all ages. Airing on Mondays from 2-3pm our DJs will keep you up to date with the coolest and latest music to hit the streets. Check out our show page >>>

Find Your Future Fest

Date: Saturday, June 15
Time: 11am – 6pm
  • 11am-4pm – Career fair
  • 4pm – 6pm – Live concert
Location: Parkrose Middle School, 11800 NE Shaver St, Portland, OR 97220
🚀 Get ready to dive into your future with Find Your Future Fest! Join other young explorers like yourself for a day packed with cool career insights, hands-on activities, and real talk with pros. Discover paths you’ve never considered and make new friends along the way. Plus, there’s gonna be live music and free eats! Don’t miss out—come find what’s next for you! 🎉
Registration for participants – click HERE
Registration for exhibitors – click HERE

All Ages. Always.

Friends of Noise is a non-profit 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.

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