We talked not long ago about the demise of Bluegrass Now, a fine print monthly which closed the doors about this time last year after 18 years in publication.
Now it appears that Sing Out!, the venerable folk music mag, is approaching its 60 year anniversary in a very tenuous state. The economic difficulties of print publishing in today’s market have hit them hard, and without the help of the many friends of the magazine, their fate is uncertain.
Co-founder Pete Seeger has written an open letter to the folk music community about Sing Out’s condition, asking for immediate financial help.
“Over the years, Sing Out! has grown, changed formats several times, and added songbooks like Rise Up Singing to its catalog. It’s created a resource center collecting music, books and photos, reaching back through our community of music and its revival. We even do a weekly radio show that you might be hearing on a local radio station.
Today, in these changing and challenging economic times, Sing Out! is struggling to survive. As we head toward our 60th anniversary next year, we need your support more than ever. I ask you to consider making a contribution to help Sing Out! get through this very difficult year AND to ensure another 60 years of sharing songs that we need to learn and sing.”
He also created a video appeal…
Sing Out! has an online donations page set up to accept whatever assistance loyal readers and supporters of the magazine may be willing to offer.