WILLAMETTE WEEK: KAYELAJ'S TAKE ON THE PORTLAND MUSIC SCENES ROLE DURING THE PROTEST & PANDEMIC
The Portland music scene's job during this pandemic and racial climate is to do what it should have been doing all along: striving for more inclusivity, and pushing POC, female, queer and trans voices to the forefront.
Although venues aren't open at the moment, they still have platforms and connections, such as their websites, social media pages and contact lists, which they can utilize to promote artists and encourage support and donations for these artists. The livestream I did recently was a perfect example. They did all of those things. They booked talent, such as myself, who represented causes and social issues they wanted to show solidarity with, they promoted me fiercely, and they encouraged their followers to donate.
However, it's not what these venues, publications, radio personalities or any other musical entities do during the pandemic but what they continue to do after.