Today marks a new dawn for No Depression as we continue the journey online.
On October 1, we launched NoDepression.com. While traffic to the website has been great and the response positive, we have determined that it is impossible to bring in enough revenue to support our basic business expenses, the largest chunk of that being the editorial budget. We have soldiered on for as long as we can, but are left with no choice but to discontinue the editorial budget at the present time.
It is with great sadness that we come to this decision, as our great stable of writers has helped us to create the voice and spirit of No Depression for thirteen years. It is our hope that a business model for online content providers will emerge in the future that will allow us to resume providing quality music journalism. We are committed to placing our complete archive (75 issues) online for all to enjoy and are in the process of that currently.
At this point the best option that we can envision is to create a No Depression community website where we will pass the torch to our readers. While our writers will continue to bring their unique expertise to the community site via regular blogging and forum discussions, we hope that No Depression may continue on as a meeting place where fans of roots music connect and share information with each other, our writers, and the artists behind the music they love.
We look forward to helping you make this the best community for roots music on the web. But, like any other community, the only way to keep it vibrant and interesting is to stay involved. Please help us spread the word – invite your friends and family, and anyone you know who might be interested in joining us. Keep us abreast of gigs, festivals, and other events. Share your photos and videos, start discussions, and blog about the shows, festivals, and artists you love.
Thanks to our advertisers who have supported the website thus far. We look forward to your continued support. Thanks to all of the Founders Circle members for helping us to get the site off the ground last fall. And thanks to you, our readers, for your support as we have transitioned from print to web. Where we go from here is largely up to you. We look forward to the continued online evolution of the roots music community at NoDepression.com.