Pass The Mic, Portland Meet Portland's Immigrant and Refugee Youth Music Camp, provides students with free, high-quality and culturally responsive music education and mentorship by experienced Portland musicians. 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.

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Register Now!

Registration for the camp is now open for youth between the ages of 13 and 17 yrs. To register, please download the registration form, fill it out, scan it, and send it to:

You can also email us with questions or call us at (503) 894-8619

Photo by Yousef Hatlani

Pass the Mic Info!

The Portland Meet Portland Immigrant and Refugee Youth Music Camp will be held from July 16th to July 20th at Franklin High School.

The camp will culminate in an evening performance on July 20th at 6:30pm @ Franklin High School by the youth bands in the auditorium. 

We are partnering with,, and REX Production and Post who are co-sponsoring Pass the Mic! We are very excited to be working with them!

Support the Camp!

To support the camp, you can do 4 things:

1. Donate to our gofundme page:

2. Donate instruments! We need: Drums (drum hardware, cymbals, snares, etc…), Guitars (acoustic and electric), Bass Guitars, Vocal Mics, Mic Stands, etc...

3. Spread the word!

4. Come to the final (free) concert on July 20th from 6:30pm to 8pm @ Franklin High School auditorium.

RSVP for the concert HERE:

To donate instruments or find out more, you can contact us at:

More information to follow as the camp draws near! Check our website and Facebook page ( for updates

Ben Moorad – Project Planning and Grant Writing (volunteer)

Ben Moorad is a Co-Founder of the nonprofit Write Around Portland, which uses networks of free writing workshops to help underrepresented youth and adults take control of their stories and build community. Ben is a nonprofit consultant who has worked with over 80 local, regional, national and international nonprofits. He’s a writer and performer who is dedicated to helping others express themselves.

Wilson Vediner – Creative Director 

Wilson Vediner is a Portland, OR musician and founding member of the bands Point Juncture, WA (which Willamette Week has called “the Illuminati of Portland’s indie-rock scene” and “a beautiful and undeniable thing… organic, electric and pure”) and Months (which WW described as “a thrilling exercise in creative tension.”) With 15 years of experience creating and collaborating in musical projects, and 12 years of experience developing curriculum and pedagogy at Pendleton Rock Camp, Wilson has helped hundreds of youth create and compose their own songs, lyrics, poems, and prose works. In addition, he was the Founder and Co-Producer of 2011’s THIS! Fest, a two day, free all-ages festival that brought 26 local writers (including Tom Bissell, Jon Raymond, Cheryl Strayed, Emily Chenoweth and Lidia Yuknavitch) and 13 bands together to perform.