January 22nd, 2008 5:33 pm | by LocalCut News | Posted In: CLEAN UP

So Much PDX Pop Now! News

pdx pop logo 07PDX Pop Now! season is almost as long as baseball season. There's Spring training, where bands contribute tracks for the annual compilation (going on now—see pdxpopnow.org for more info), the regular season part where the comp gets put together and the festival gets booked, and of course the playoffs, where the comp comes out and we get a full weekend of awesome Portland music.

And now PDX Pop Now! has steroids! The organization has completed its goal of gaining tax-exempt status. This has been a push for organizers for quite some time, so one has to applaud the awesomeness of it actually happening. Additionally, the Regional Arts and Culture Council threw the organization a couple grand, which cant hurt its chances of getting PDX Pop Now! '08 off with a bang.

Down the line, the non-profit status might even help PDX Pop to fight some other battles: All-ages music access and music education in the schools—both issues that organizers have invested time and energy into in the past.

As usual, here's the full press release:

PDX Pop Now! Attains Tax-exempt Status, Awarded RACC Grant, Holds Volunteer Meeting

PDX Pop Now! is pleased to announce that it's now an official 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. In addition, the group was recently awarded a Professional Development Grant from Portland's Regional Arts and Culture Council and will soon hold its first volunteer meeting of 2008.

Thanks to the efforts of attorney and sponsor Peter Vaughan Shaver (of Sound Advice, LLC), PDX Pop Now! begins the new year with a bit of wonderful news: a letter of determination from the I.R.S. granting the group 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status as a non-profit arts organization.

Last month, the city's Regional Arts and Culture Council awarded PDX Pop Now! a $1,999 Professional Development Grant, an allocation from a RACC program designed to assist "arts organizations and individual artists in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties with activities that improve their business management development skills and/or brings to them to another level artistically." PDX Pop Now! is one of six regional arts organizations to receive the grant this cycle.

The group will also hold its first volunteer meeting of the year at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, January 29, at Backspace (115 NW 5th Avenue), the downtown Portland arcade and entertainment mecca. The volunteer coordinator and several board members will be on hand to talk about opportunities available in booking, staging, sponsorship, hospitality, promotions, and other areas of the PDX Pop organization.

Congrats to the crew, and good luck on grabbing some new volunteer recruits this year. It's always a diverse crew, brought together by a common love of music. Makes my lil' heart pitter-pat.

pdxpopnow.com (buy up that dot org, dudes!)

Image: The much-loved 2007 pop fest logo. Maybe it's the sleepiness, but now I really like it.
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