The UNCUT management team has two things in common – a love for music and a desire to help kids flourish. Together we have a wealth of experience and knowledge ranging from Marketing, TV Production, Radio, Event management, Record label management, project management, PR and even Medical! In the end though, at their core we are all entrepreneurs with a passion for music and people.

We are all volunteers so finding the right people to support our mission is important. In the coming months we will need to fill a variety of positions ranging from program management to graphic design to marketing to event management and more – but we will also need a flexible but robust street team.

If you would like to be a part of the UNCUT team please contact Mike at

Co-Executive Director

Mike Burling

Co-Executive Director
Co-Executive Director

Tom Melillo

Co-Executive Director
Community Outreach Manager

Crystal Lariza

Community Outreach Manager

As the Executive Producer and founder of local tv show PDX Spotlight, Mike has spent the last several years learning about the Portland music scene and getting to know as many of the amazing musicians as possible. As PDX Spotlight has evolved, Mike and his team have noticed not only the breadth of young local talent but also the need to foster the local scene through our youth. Creating UNCUT is the natural next step in Mike’s quest to maintain a vibrant music community in Portland.

Prior to PDX Spotlight and UNCUT, Mike worked in the world of corporate marketing developing campaigns for companies like HP, Walmart, Staples, Disney and FedEx. He is a native Oregonian and still lives in Portland with his wife, daughter, dog and cat.

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In addition to founding and operating Olea Records, Tom is one of the managing partners of NW Extremity Specialists (NES), the largest single specialty foot and ankle medical clinic in the region.  Tom has translated his business acumen from NES to the music industry over the last 8 years, working with local talent, One From Many, and LA singer-songwriter Alexis Keegan. Tom started the NorthWest Music Experience as a means to connect local artists with student musicians in the area, in order to foster music education and develop performance skills.  Some of Tom’s most-rewarding work has been with NW Music Experience and he is excited to be working with the Uncut Project to help further the local music community.

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Crystal Lariza is a singer songwriter at her core. She has been performing around the Pacific Northwest for over 10 years. Always challenging and transforming herself and sound, she has been involved in many projects including The Lariza Sisters, Cooper and The Jam, Shiny Stone, and her current band CORNER.

A Portland native, Crystal started out her career singing with her sister, Angela in high school. From humble beginnings playing county fairs back in the day when their mother “acted as manager and would cart us around from show to show” they have evolved to play with a full band and have graced the stages from Portland’s Star Theatre to Seattle’s Hempfest, forming relationships with non profits like Portland Boys and Girls Club and KGWs Toy Drive. Crystal is a true example of the how music can positively shape a young persons future.

Spending the last decade writing, recording, and performing she is excited to take on the role Director of Community Outreach, where she can use her creativity energy and industry savvy to inspire the next generations of new musicians.

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