Ethos Music Center is a nonprofit organization committed to the promotion of music and music-based education for youth in underserved communities. Founded in 1998, Ethos brings music education back to several thousand students every year. Please use this site to find out more about Ethos' award winning, innovative programs!


Contact Details

  Website
  City Portland, OR
  Zip Code 97217
  Address 10 North Killingsworth Street
  Phone Number (503) 283-8467

From Our Website

There are no words that feel worthy of addressing the murder of George Floyd and so many others. On behalf of Ethos to the Black community / African-diaspora: we grieve with you, we love you and we stand with you. We are heartbroken. Sadly, this is not an anomaly. Black, Indigenous and people of color in our country have been subjected to systems designed to perpetuate fear, inequality and dehumanization. It is slow work to make real change, but we at Ethos are resolved to continue in our efforts to break down and replace these systems with equity, hope and an unwavering commitment to diversity and inclusion.


We believe that all kids, regardless of socioeconomic status or geographic location, deserve access to music education. Founded in 1998 in Portland, Oregon, Ethos is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides music lessons, group classes, camps, multicultural performances and workshops to more than 7,000 students across Oregon each year. Initial classes were held in a basement at the University of Portland and staffed by a dedicated group of volunteers. Since then, we have purchased and remodeled our North Portland headquarters where we employ nine full-time staff, eight full-time AmeriCorps members and 52 part-time music instructors.