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Pass the Mic

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Pass The Mic is Portland Meet Portland's free music education program for immigrant and refugee youth ages 14 and up. Pass the Mic provides youth with high-quality and culturally responsive music education and mentorship by experienced Portland musicians. Students will gain invaluable encouragement and experience in expressing themselves to their peers and their communities, and they’ll learn how to collaborate creatively with each other.

Pass the Mic has two components: an after-school program in our Arts Center in the Gateway District, and a summer music camp held at Franklin High School. The theme of our spring 2019 after-school program is “Let’s Make an Album!” -- over 10 weeks, participating youth will make a collaborative album from start to finish.

Photo by Sarah Clark

Our pilot summer camp in 2018 featured 17 youth from 7 countries, and it was an incredible experience. (We are building our camp up, so that three times as many youth can participate in the summer of 2019.) Here are a few scenes from the showcase concert that ended the camp last year:

Sign up now for our 2019 Pass the Mic Immigrant and Refugee Youth Music Camp!

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PASS THE MIC is an Immigrant and Refugee Youth Music Camp that provides students (ages 14 and up) with free, high-quality and culturally responsive music education and mentorship from a group of experienced musicians in the local Portland music scene. Students will gain invaluable encouragement and experience in expressing themselves musically and artistically to their peers and their communities, and they’ll learn how to collaborate creatively with each other. The goal of our camp is to decrease isolation and find new ways to connect youth from inside and outside of mainstream American culture, allowing room for these students to carve out their own expressive safe space and to share it in their own creative terms.

When: Monday, July 29th, through Friday, August 2nd, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. (On the evening of Friday, August 2nd, we’ll have a free showcase concert starting at 6 p.m., and all campers will be invited to play their songs for the community.)

Where: Hosford Middle School (2303 SE 28th Pl, Portland, OR 97214) -- accessible by the #2 bus line)

Cost: PASS THE MIC is absolutely free, and we’ll provide lunch and refreshments. If you want to play guitar, bass or drums, we’ll even provide the instruments. (If you have another instrument that you want to play, bring it! All musical ideas, types, genres welcome!)

The camp is open to immigrant and refugee youth of all genders ages 14 and up. Absolutely no musical experience is required -- no matter who you are, by the end of the week, you will be able to perform your own original music!

You’ll receive personalized instruction from some of the top independent musicians in Portland. You’ll form your own bands, write your own songs, and make the music you want to make!

Registration: Fill out and return the registration form to wilson@portlandmeetportland.org

For questions please email: wilson@portlandmeetportland.org

 The deadline to register is July 19th.

To learn more about Pass the Mic, please contact wilson.vediner@gmail.com

Click here and Donate to our Pass the Mic GoFundMe campaign!

Your support will help us provide music, leadership, and mentorship opportunities and get instruments in the hands of youth who have a lot to say to us. If you’d like to stay up to date on Pass The Mic and receive invitation to events (including our next showcase concert), please contact us at portlandmeetportland@gmail.com

You can donate your old, extra, or unused instruments to Pass the Mic, and we’ll get them into the hands of local immigrant and refugee youth! Contact wilson@portlandmeetportland.org to set up a drop off.

We are especially interested in receiving:

  • Guitars (electric and acoustic)

  • Basses

  • Practice amps

  • Horns

  • Drum kits, hand drums, misc percussion

  • Ukuleles

  • Any other instrument a youth might be interested in


Instruments must:

  • Work

  • Come with all necessary parts, cables, adapters, etc.


We’d like to thank these fantastic institutions for their incredible support of the Pass the Mic program in 2019: