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Bring a new voice to the Portland music community: Support Vortex Music Magazine so we can design, print + distribute our first issue.
127 backers pledged $11,705 to help bring this project to life.

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Watch our new video about the past, present and future of Portland music—featuring School of Rock students alongside local bands!

Vortex Music Magazine will honor Portland's rich musical history and thriving present-day scene as well as inspiring future generations. We aim to make the Portland music scene more successful by making it more accessible.

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More Portlanders go out to see live music each night than anywhere else in the U.S.—according to Pollstar—which speaks volumes about our collective interest and investment in the Portland music scene.

When the eyes of the world are watching and consuming the craft and culture of Portland more than ever before, why is it that we don’t have a publication solely dedicated to our music scene?

This is why Chris Young (co-founder and Managing Editor of Oregon Music News) and David Mosher (musician and owner of Art Media retail stores for 37 years) have spent more than a year planning and building Vortex Music Magazine from the ground up. With a goal to publish a high-quality print magazine six times per year, Vortex Music Magazine will focus on thoughtfully exploring Portland’s music scene. Covering aspects and angles often untouched by other media outlets, we aim to tell the stories of the culture, creators, educators and businesses that support our thriving music scene as well as the history behind it all.

Our hard work is already visible on our recently launched website, vrtxmag.com, where you can find content created by our team of local writers, designers and staff.

Now, we need your help to print the debut issue of Vortex Music Magazine, which will hit streets this May.

We are asking for $10,000 to design, print and distribute our first issue.

Every dollar we raise beyond our goal will help ensure future issues of Vortex Music Magazine.

If you’re reading this, it’s obvious that music matters to you. We believe we are all in this together, and we will strive to make the Portland music scene more successful by making it more accessible. Because the vibrant music community and culture that is alive in Portland today deserves to prosper.

Having your support, as well as the support of the Portland musicians and businesses listed below, is what will make Vortex Music Magazine successful right from the start.

Plus, support is not without its rewards: Take a look at our rewards to find out how we can thank you for your backing.

We are Music, Portland-Style.

What will Vortex Music Magazine look like?

Check out our mockup below!

Thank you to those who have supported Vortex Music Magazine so far:

  • Terry Currier: Venerable Music Millennium owner 
  • Jim Brunberg: Audiophile and Mississippi Studios owner 
  • Sallie Ford: Rockin’ front lady 
  • Skip vonKuske: Experimentalist and founding cellist of The Portland Cello Project 
  • Tope: PRTLND rapper 
  • Natasha Kmeto: Soulful electronic diva 
  • Lewi Longmire: Multi-instrumentalist and Portland’s "go to guy" 
  • Josh Hodges: Original electronic architect of Starfucker 
  • Zia McCabe: Keyboards, tambos and more in The Dandy Warhols 
  • Jose Medeles: Percussionary expert at Revival Drum Shop and in 1939 Ensemble, among others 
  • Bim Ditson: Chain mail jewelry by day, indefatigable concertgoer slash And And And drummer by night 
  • John Sherman: Hits the skins hard for Red Fang 
  • Jared Mees: Tender Loving Empire maestro, musician and all-around nice guy 
  • Kevin Hasenkopf: Videographer extraordinaire behind the camera at v1creative 
  • Krist Krueger: Multi-instrumentalist and producer who runs the indie record label Self Group 
  • Party Damage Records: Run by two affable advocates for local music—Ben Hubbird + Casey Jarman
  • PDX Pop Now!: The annual volunteer-run, all-ages #PDXmusic showcase
  • XRAY.FM: Portland's newest alum to the airwaves and a progressive station with big ideas
  • Voodoo Doughnut: PDX's most famous and phallic fried dough purveyors 
  • Guayaki Yerba Mate: NorCal's organic, eco-conscious caffeine boost 
  • Petunia's Pies & Pastries: A beautiful backdrop of gluten-free and vegan treats 
  • The Gaufre Gourmet: Delicious waffles and attentive ears 
  • Sign Wizards: For a sign of support

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Thank you to all the helping hands and faces that provided support to produce our Kickstarter video, including the amazing VRTX All-Stars (aka The Muddy Buddies) featuring Zia McCabe of The Dandy Warhols + Sallie Ford + Tope + Natasha Kmeto + Lewi Longmire + Jose Medeles of 1939 Ensemble and Revival Drum Shop + Skip vonKuske of The Portland Cello Project

Space: Thanks to Jim Brunberg + Matt King of Mississippi Studios

Team VRTX: Deena Anreise + Eric Skelton + Kyle Colins + Autumn Andel + Franklin Hill

Video + Editing: Kevin Hasenkopf of v1creative

Studio: 109 Salmon

Beat: G_Force from the TxE album Vs PRTLND

Original Song: Monarques

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge to the success of Vortex Music Magazine is the changing world of print, digital media and journalism. Over the years, we’ve watched as our colleagues and content creators have been continually laid off from the institutions they’ve so faithfully served. We’ve also witnessed the passion and heart of countless dedicated creatives who’ll simply work for free because of their love of the music and the close-knit community.

With many years of experience in both the world of journalism and the small business community of Portland, Vortex Music Magazine intends to build a sustainable business that revitalizes local music journalism by supporting content creators while providing a valuable information source to readers. We are not a legacy media institution and the ideas, organizational structure and strategies we employ have been built for the modern digital world rather than retrofitted to meet a changing media environment. We are hopeful that we can build a sustainable business and aspirational that we can revolutionize the way content is created.

In terms of the production of the magazine, we already have writers writing, photographers snapping photos, and a designer set to pull all the pieces together. The printer is picked and distribution strategies have been defined. Many of our wheels are already in motion. There is no doubt in our mind that with your support we will publish our first issue this May, but to continue this endeavor that we have so tirelessly worked to get off the ground, we also need your support to print issue number two, three, four and more.

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    To say thanks, your name will be listed on our Supporters page online PLUS you will be emailed a PDF copy of our first issue in May

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    We will mail you a personal thank you note AND a Vortex Collector Guitar Pick PLUS your name will appear on our Supporters page online PLUS you’ll receive a PDF copy of our first issue

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    A ticket to our magazine launch party where you’ll get a copy of our first issue AND a Vortex Collector Guitar Pick PLUS your name will appear on our Supporters page online

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    A pair of tickets to the PDX Pop Now! compilation release party where you’ll get a digital download card of the comp PLUS a physical copy of the 2013 comp PLUS a Vortex Collector Guitar Pick PLUS your name will appear on our Supporters page online

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    PARTY DAMAGE Party Pack: A digital download of every record released on Party Damage Records (Wild Ones, Your Rival, Aan, Vin Blanc/White Wine, and St. Even) PLUS a ticket to our magazine launch party where you’ll get a copy of our first issue AND a Vortex Collector Guitar Pick PLUS your name will appear on our Supporters page online

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    A ticket to our magazine launch party where you’ll get your Vortex T-Shirt AND a Vortex Collector Guitar Pick AND a copy of our first issue PLUS your name will appear on our Supporters page online

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    A gift certificate to Sticks & Stones Specialty Store (a $50 value) PLUS a ticket to our magazine launch party where you’ll get a Vortex Collector Guitar Pick AND a copy of our first issue PLUS your name will appear on our Supporters page online

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    PARTY DAMAGE Physical Party Pack: A physical copy of every record released on Party Damage Records (Wild Ones, Your Rival & Aan on vinyl, Vin Blanc/White Wine on CD, and St. Even on limited edition download postcard) PLUS a ticket to our magazine launch party where you’ll get a Vortex Collector Guitar Pick AND a copy of our first issue PLUS your name will appear on our Supporters page online

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    A pair of tickets to our magazine launch party where you’ll get your Vortex T-Shirt AND a Vortex Collector Guitar Pick AND a copy of our first issue AND we’ll mail you the next TWO issues PLUS your name will appear on our Supporters page online

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    Business Reward: A 1/6 Page Ad in Vortex Music Magazine PLUS receive VIP treatment at our magazine launch party where you’ll get a copy of our first issue AND a Vortex Collector Guitar Pick

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    One GA festival pass (a $212 value) to this summer's What The Festival?! (June 20-22 at Wolf Run Ranch near the Mt. Hood National Forest) PLUS a ticket to our magazine launch party where you’ll get a Vortex Collector Guitar Pick AND a copy of our first issue PLUS your name will appear on our Supporters page online

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    Get VIP treatment for you and a guest at our magazine launch party where you’ll get a Vortex T-Shirt AND a Vortex Collector Guitar Pick AND a copy of our first issue AND we’ll mail you the next TWO issues PLUS your name will appear on our Supporters page online

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    Business Reward: A 1/3 Page Ad in Vortex Music Magazine PLUS receive VIP treatment at our magazine launch party where you’ll get a copy of our first issue AND a Vortex Collector Guitar Pick

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    Business Reward: A 1/2 Page Ad in Vortex Music Magazine PLUS receive VIP treatment for you and a guest at our magazine launch party where you’ll get a copy of our first issue AND a Vortex Collector Guitar Pick

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    Get VIP treatment for you and a guest at our magazine launch party where you’ll get a Vortex T-Shirt AND a Vortex Collector Guitar Pick AND a copy of our first issue AND we’ll mail you the next FIVE issues PLUS your name will appear on our Supporters page online

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    Business Reward: A 2/3 Page Ad in Vortex Music Magazine PLUS receive VIP treatment for you and a guest at our magazine launch party where you’ll get a copy of our first issue AND a Vortex Collector Guitar Pick

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    Business Reward: A Full Page Ad in Vortex Music Magazine PLUS receive VIP treatment for you and a guest at our magazine launch party where you’ll get a copy of our first issue AND a Vortex Collector Guitar Pick

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    Dinner with the founders of Vortex Music Magazine PLUS get VIP treatment for you and a guest at our magazine launch party where you’ll get a Vortex T-Shirt AND a Vortex Collector Guitar Pick AND a copy of our first issue AND we’ll mail you the next FIVE issues PLUS your name will appear on our Supporters page online

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    Business Reward: A Full Page Ad in THREE issues of Vortex Music Magazine PLUS receive VIP treatment for you and a guest at our magazine launch party where you’ll get a copy of our first issue AND a Vortex Collector Guitar Pick

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    An amazing piece of original artwork by Portland artist Sam Klein (image sample coming soon) PLUS dinner with the founders of Vortex Music Magazine PLUS get VIP treatment for you and a guest at our magazine launch party where you’ll get a Vortex T-Shirt AND a Vortex Collector Guitar Pick AND a copy of our first issue AND we’ll mail you the next FIVE issues PLUS your name will appear on our Supporters page online

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    Business Reward: A Full Page Ad in SIX issues of Vortex Music Magazine PLUS receive VIP treatment for you and a guest at our magazine launch party where you’ll get a copy of our first issue AND a Vortex Collector Guitar Pick

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Funding period

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