From Simon Haines
I am passing on the email below just received from the editor of LIVING TRADITION MAGAZINE, the only serious national folk magazine since the demise of Foots. Like many involved with music industry, this not-for-profit magazine has been affected financially by Covid19 and the resulting cancellation of folk festivals, on whose advertising they depend for much of their annual income. The editor's email, which was originally sent to all subscribers, suggests a number of ways in which people can help them. I am already a subscriber, but the offer that attracted me was the reduced advertising rates for the next issue. We are buying advertising for Hadleigh Folk and Acoustic Music Nights.
If you are already a subscriber, you may have read this email already, but if not, you might consider supporting the magazine in one of the three ways suggested in the editor's email.
Hope this finds you and your family well, and that you are finding ways to survive these strange and worrying times. Rural Donegal has never looked more beautiful, and in many ways not much has changed for Jim and me, as we worked from home in semi-isolation most of the time anyway. But we really are aware of how lucky we are to be able to do that, and in such a beautiful place.
Anyway, we promised we’d get back to you after our last email newsletter to let you know about a couple of ways you could help us to keep to our publishing schedule through this coronavirus pandemic. As we explained, we are hoping to be able to proceed as normal and print our next issue at the start of June, but with the loss of so much advertising from festivals and individual artists’ tours and the like, we need to ‘plug the gap’ in our income stream somehow in order to ensure that the future of the magazine isn’t impacted.
Many of you have been in touch already with kind words and suggestions, but for now, here are three ways you can help.
Please do continue to support us in any way you can – every little thing helps.
Fi, Jim, Pete & Heather.