Friends of Noise is a non-profit, educational, all-ages arts venue. Our mission is to provide a safe and productive space for all-ages concerts, focused arts education, and leadership opportunities for youth.
We are a coalition of members of arts organizations committed to youth mentorship and arts education. We believe in the power of collective impact to serve Portland's youth. We have begun sharing our ideas, resources and expertise to increase opportunities for youth involvement in our communities.
We seek to create a non-profit, all-ages arts venue that is youth-oriented and youth-driven. We envision a safe, inclusive community meeting place for arts events, with a strong educational and mentorship component. We intend to engage young people in all aspects of event planning and production within this space, in order to encourage real world skill-building. We believe these skills will serve students well in their future endeavors and help them become cultural leaders and engaged citizens in their communities.
Board of Directors
Korey Schultz is native to the Northwest and settled in Portland in 2009 after attending college at the University of Oregon. He has over eight years of professional management experience for both nonprofit and for-profit organizations specializing in working with individuals with barriers to employment with an emphasis on diversity in the workforce and business development. In his spare time Korey works on the Board of Directors for Curious Comedy Theater, Portland’s nonprofit comedy theater, home of the All Jane Comedy Festival. He also works with the East Portland Action Plan to improve the livibility and improve policies that affect East Portland. To relax Korey enjoys independent design and work working, specifically building custom furniture.
Gina Altamura resides in Portland, Oregon with her cat Zizek. She has worked in Portland’s music industry for the better part of a decade, curating interdisciplinary arts programming at Portland nightclub Holocene. She also manages R&B and pop artists as a founder of local firm Nature\\Nurture Artist Management. She is compelled by the philosophical implications of emerging pop cultural trends, and moonlights as a DJ for community radio station XRAY.FM, where she examines the latest trends in pop music on her show Intuitive Navigation. She is a passionate advocate for youth voices in the music community, working both in and out of the classroom to bring music and music industry education to teens, via nonprofit organizations Music in the Schools and Friends of Noise.
Andre Middleton is a native new Yorker that moved to Portland to attend college. He has many ties to the arts and music scene via friendships that stretch back for at least 2 decades. He is the Director of Equity and Digital Inclusion at Portland Community Media. Andre is a community activist on issues of inclusion and equity and a community connector within the arts. He is the co-host of the long running KBOO program Art Focus where he gets to interview regional artist and promote local art event. He recently joined the Board of Trustees for the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, where he hopes to have a profound impact on their efforts to connect and share current and challenging art with a broad cross section of our fair city.
andre[at]friendsofnoise dot org
Becky Miller moved all over the country as a young person, lived in such varied locales as Hawaii, Georgia, and Oregon, and eventually put roots here in Portland. She believes in the positive impact of community building through art and music shows with people of all ages, and works professionally as a mentor and coach. As a musician, she had the great pleasure of touring nationally and internationally with the established indie rock band EMA, providing back-up guitar, bass and vocals in 2014. She often teaches guitar and songwriting to youth and adults, having worked with The Rock n' Roll Camp for Girls and My Voice Music. Her own music, recorded under the guise Top Parts, can be found at soundcloud.com/topparts.
Aaron is a native of the Portland and a graduate of the University of Oregon where he cut his teeth in the music business at the venerable W.O.W Hall in Eugene, OR and as Music Director at KWVA. After earning a degree in Journalism & Music he returned to Portland and became a concert producer and promoter for Blackbird Presents and later at many of the city’s finest music halls, including the Crystal Ballroom, Holocene, Towne Lounge and The Someday Lounge. He is currently the owner and booker at Dig A Pony and the Director of Programming at XRAY.fm radio.