Dear Paste readers,
We write this letter with great appreciation for all youâ€™ve done for Paste, as well as sorrow that we need to come to you and ask for further support. The economy has taken its toll on Paste, and we need your help to continue.
As the global recession has continued, many of you have written us (especially as ad pages shrunk) to say, â€œIf you ever need help, let us know.â€ That day has come.
Today, we are launching the â€œCampaign to Save Paste” to raise money to keep Paste coming to your mailboxes and computer screens. If you are in a position to give even a little, please consider donating. As thanks for your generosity, over 70 amazing artists (including The Decemberists, Neko Case, Bob Mould, Cowboy Junkies, Indigo Girls, The Jayhawks, Brandi Carlile, John Roderick of The Long Winters, Patterson Hood, The Avett Brothers and Josh Ritterâ€”with more to come) have gathered and donated rare & exclusive MP3s for all who join us in the campaign. Here’s what artists are saying about why Paste should be saved.
As a completely independent company, Paste has struggled for the past nine months as advertisers have decided to wait out the recession. As most of you realize, magazines are heavily subsidized by advertising. Industry experts estimate that an average subscription for a monthly publication would cost $60-$80 per year without advertising support.
But last month was brutal. Cash received unexpectedly reached an all-time low, and turned a tough situation into a short-term crisis.
Long-term, Paste will emerge in good shape. Even with the fall-off at the end of the year, 2008 was our best year yetâ€”print subscribers, print ads, online readers and online advertising were all at record levels. Readers (print and online) remain strong. And new advertisers have come on board even in the recession, with more ready when their advertising budgets come back.
In the meantime, weâ€™ve adjusted our business to weather this storm. Weâ€™ve cut costs, and we developed a robust online business thatâ€™s among the best in the industry. Fundamentally, weâ€™re in good shape and wonâ€™t need another appeal down the road. But itâ€™s taken us until this point to get thereâ€”leaving us critically low on cash, without some large corporation behind us to bridge the gap.
Weâ€™ll make it through this short-term economic crisisâ€”but itâ€™s only with your help. Our fate is (and has been and always will be) in your hands. Big-time investors are not â€œin the gameâ€ right nowâ€”but readers can rise up and â€œinvestâ€ in Pasteâ€™s future. Will you be a part?
We appreciate all of your support so farâ€”everyone whoâ€™s subscribed, given a gift, or even read a story online or opened a newsletter. Itâ€™s all enabled us to make it this far. Now, we humbly ask you to consider giving a little more.
It doesnâ€™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%), weâ€™ll reach our goal and emerge from this recession as a stronger magazine and website. While weâ€™re not a non-profit (this isnâ€™t a tax-deductible gift), know that every dollar you give goes into keeping Paste alive and, ultimately, making it even better.
While youâ€™re at it, also let us know what more youâ€™d like to see from Paste. What should we do (or do better) online to help you discover new music, film and more? As advertising comes back and the magazine thickens, what would you like to see in print?
CLICK HERE to give via PayPal or credit card.
With our sincerest thanks,
Josh, Tim and Nick for the entire Paste family
PS. As thanks for your help, a number of our favorite musicians and labels have donated free rare & exclusive MP3s (from artists including She & Him, Arrested Development, Shawn Mullins, Samantha Crain, State Radio, Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3, Rogue Wave, Passion Pit, Over the Rhine, The Minus 5 and more) for everyone who donates. And as more artists contribute, you’ll have access to those songs as well. We also have a number of goodies (such as signed R.E.M. posters, an ocean-view cabin on next year’s Cayamo cruise, and more) to give to donors in random drawings. And, anyone giving $350 or more will receive a lifetime subscription to Paste as a thank you.
You can read more about the drive in our Save Paste FAQs. View all the campaign resources (including banner ads for your website) at the Campaign to Save Paste page.