Seventy signed guitars were stolen from the Oregon Music Hall of Fame

Seventy guitars autographed by famous musicians and intended to be used as fundraisers for the Oregon Music Hall of Fame have been stolen.

During the evening of Sunday, February 27, thieves broke into the non-profit organization’s storage unit and stole the instruments, which had been signed by everyone from the Monkees to George Clinton in passing through Portugal the Man. The collection was auctioned to raise funds for music education and scholarship programs.

Guitars bearing the signatures of past local inductees were also stolen, which were reportedly on display at the Youth Music Project’s Oregon Music Hall of Fame exhibit in West Linn. The estimated total loss is $130,000.

The Oregon Music Hall of Fame honors Oregonians who have made outstanding contributions to the development of the music industry at any level: local, regional or national. Applicants must be born in the state, or have resided or operated in Oregon at some point in their life.

However, the non-profit organization also organizes school-wide musical assemblies to inspire local students. And its scholarships typically fund at least four college graduates looking to further their musical education. Stolen guitars would have supported these efforts.

A police report has been filed, but directors of the Oregon Music Hall of Fame are asking the public to keep an eye out for the instruments, which could end up in second-hand music stores, pawn shops or forums online shopping. Anyone with information about the burglary is asked to notify the Portland Police Department and Scholarship Director Janeen Rundle ([email protected]).

The Oregon Music Hall of Fame’s main fundraising and induction ceremony is still scheduled for Saturday, October 8 at the Aladdin Theater.