Keeping the Beat is a nonprofit dedicated to supporting K-12 arts education programs in rural Oregon through a variety of programs including events and school assemblies. So far we have distributed over $30,000 to arts education programs.

Watch the Oregon Art Beat (OPB) video segment about the Carter Family show at the American Roots Music Festival where "Keeping the Beat" was launched in October 2007.

Performers at the American Roots Music Festival

The images above are from one of our fundraising events, the American Roots Music Festival in October 2007, featuring 3rd generation Carter Family members John Carter Cash (son of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash), his wife Laura Cash, and Dale Jett (grandson of AP & Sara Carter). The event raised $10,000 for school music programs in the surrounding rural school districts. Watch the Oregon Art Beat (OPB) video segment about this special event.

News and Events

  • 06/11/11 — The date for the 2011 Portland Creative Conference is set for Saturday, September 17th at the Portland Center for the Performing Arts.
  • 08/24/09 — The Portland Creative Conference happens on Saturday September 12th and as today’s press release discusses, proceeds go to support arts education in Oregon through nonprofit fiscal agent Keeping the Beat.  The release announces the 2009 presenter line-up, featuring advertising legend Dan Wieden and Simpson’s writer/producer Bill Oakley who, along with other presenters across a variety of creative disciplines, will share their creative process with conference attendees.  The event serves to inspire, educate and network professionals from the full spectrum of Creative Industries.  To read or download the full Press Release click here
  • 08/21/09 — Keeping the Beat is proud to once again be the non-profit fiscal agent for the Portland Creative Conference, happening on Saturday, Sept. 12th at the Portland Center for the Performing Arts.  Proceeds will go to support K-12 arts education in Oregon.  > Learn more

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