The Magazine industry has taken a real beating during this economic crisis, with shrinking ad revenues taking it's toll and shutting down numerous publications. The latest to feel the wrath is one of my personal favorites, Paste Magazine. I've discovered more than a few great artists over the years thanks to Paste, and their cd samplers. The mag gives a refreshing alternate take to a lot of the other music based magazines out there, with a nice focus on singer/songwriters. So now Paste along with various artists and fellow publications are appealing to their readers and fellow music lovers looking for some help to keep things going. The bottom line is about money, and the magazine is looking for donations to keep things afloat, but they are also offering up to anyone that lends a hand a nice free download package of 120 songs from over 70 different artists featuring lot's of rare tracks you may have never heard. Some of the acts featured on the free download are, The Decemberists, Neko Case, She & Him, Of Montreal, Josh Rouse, The Avett Brothers, Ra Ra Riot, Loney Dear, Brandi Carlile, Marc Broussard, William Fitzsimmons, and Samantha Crain.
Here's a sample of Paste's appeal ..."We’ll make it through this short-term economic crisis—but it’s only with your help. Our fate is (and has been and always will be) in your hands. Big-time investors are not “in the game” right now—but readers can rise up and “invest” in Paste’s future. Will you be a part? We appreciate all of your support so far—everyone who’s subscribed, given a gift, or even read a story online or opened a newsletter. It’s all enabled us to make it this far. ... "It doesn’t take much. Every little bit helps and you can be a part of continuing our efforts to help you find signs of life in music, film and culture. If $1 (yes, one dollar) came in from everyone on our e-mail lists (or $10 from 10% or $100 from 1%), we’ll reach our goal and emerge from this recession as a stronger magazine and website. While we’re not a non-profit (this isn’t a tax-deductible gift), know that every dollar you give goes into keeping Paste alive and, ultimately, making it even better.
To make a donation to Paste you can go here.