About

Background

Conceived in 2017 and officially launched January 2018.

The site is made possible by a grant from Ken Schafer that allows us to pay the writers and illustrators who contribute to the site.

Mission

  1. Music Reviews focussed on great music vs. current music
  2. Hear from writers who don’t necessarily write about music for a living
  3. Commission illustrations that are as unique as the albums and the reviewers
  4. Showcase people who aren’t straight white males
  5. Pay contributors; quickly and without hassle
  6. Do all this in a minimally distracting, ad-free environment.

In the long-run, depending on interest in the project, we also hope to:

  1. Experiment with Funding Models
  2. Extend Distribution via alternate media platforms
  3. Expand the media that we review

Writing for Us

  • Review an album you love. It doesn’t have to be new (but can be). It can be any style of music and can be popular or obscure. The only thing we ask is that it be easy to find on streaming sites. So no bootlegs, limited editions or out of print albums. The goal is that after reading your review, the reader will seek out the album and listen to it with fresh insight.
  • Bonus points if the album is from an under-represented group, but we’re not planning on being overly restrictive on this. Please confirm the artist/album you want to write about ahead of time to be safe.
  • The “review” can be pretty much any form you like. An argument for why readers should love the album, a straight music review, music theory, the album’s influence on your or role in a particular event in your life, a discussion of the album’s place in a band or genre’s history, etc.
  • The review should be at least 500 words but can be as long as required (within reason). Payment is via PayPal or other direct payment means, or cheque if requested. We GUARANTEE we’ll pay you within five working days (usually within 24 hours) of your work being accepted.
  • We’re currently paying US$150 per review.
  • Each contributor gets an avatar, short bio (a few pithy sentences), and links to sites and social media accounts at the end of their review. See the site for examples.

Illustrating for Us

  • We’ll select illustrators based on their portfolio.
  • Once selected, we’ll send you the review your illustration will accompany and ask that you listen to the album, familiarize yourself with the artist, and read the review. Some broad editorial direction may be provided, but the goal is to give you lots of room for showing YOUR style. There is no “house style” to align with.
  • Based on your impressions of the provided material, develop an outline of how you’d like to approach the project and provide us with that. A rough sketch is required before you go to final version.
  • The final version should be AT LEAST 1400 x 1400 pixels at 300dpi and MUST be square.
  • Payment is via PayPal or other direct payment means, or cheque if requested. We GUARANTEE we’ll pay you within five working days (usually within 24 hours) of your work being accepted.
  • We’re currently paying US$150 per illustration.
  • Each contributor gets an avatar, short bio (a few pithy sentences), and links to sites and social media accounts at the end of their review. See the site for examples.

Contacting Us

If you are interested in contributing reviews, doing illustrations for reviews, or contributing to the success of the project in other ways, please contact Ken Schafer.