The campaign to save HM
I’ve seen magazines come and go in the time I’ve been editing HM. Metal Edge, which started the same year we did (1985) folded up last year, joining a growing list of music magazines that includes CCM Magazine. In April of 2008 I went to the Nashville party CCM threw for its friends as a way of saying goodbye to print. I saw John Styll, who founded the magazine in 1978 and was often available to me over the years to answer questions and offer advice about publishing magazines. I asked him, “How does it feel to watch your baby cease printing?” And he expressed frustration that it ended so close to its 30-year anniversary. “They were only 3 issues away from its 30th Anniversary issue.” I immediately thought of where I’d be two short years later. I hoped I wouldn’t face the same fate. I’ve done lots of soul searching and seeking the face of the Lord. I do not think it’s time to give up this publication or go all digital. I’m in the thick of a fight and struggle to keep it going. But I need your help. This past year has seen a drastic dip in advertising sales, which is our major source of income (and we depend upon it to pay those large print bills). To keep the magazine printing, we went into debt. We found ways to cut our overhead and have done about everything we can think of to lower our operating costs. I think I’ve figured out a way to survive and actually grow again, but we need to get out from under this debt before it crushes us. Will you help? We are not a non-profit group (although it’s something we’ve explored), so your gift will not be tax-deductible. You’ve probably seen other people or organizations say this, but it’s true that every little bit helps. Sometimes breaking it down to manageable chunks makes it easier to consider. If everyone on our list gave $5, we’d be out of debt and in a much better position to succeed in a strained magazine & music economy. Would you pray about what to give? Last year I saw my friends at Paste Magazine send out an appeal similar to this. They were able to meet their goals and look to survive. Thanks to many musician and label friends, we have some gifts to offer as a way of saying “Thanks” to anyone who donates. We’ve collected and are still collecting rare, unavailable-in-stores or just plain cool tunes. Artists like Sleeping At Last, Mortification, Men As Trees Walking, White Collar Sideshow and I Am Alpha And Omega. I’m still collecting tunes, so please log in to hmmag.com/faqsupport to check out the latest information with this campaign (and see a full song list). And please consider doing some other things to help, too, like promoting HM Magazine at stores, to youth groups, pastors, friends, etc. If you know people that could benefit from marketing to HM’s audience, encourage them to contact us. Thanks for your help. I can’t do it without you.

SPINNING AT HM:
Various Artists – RFL Playlist 2010: Rock for Life’s latest rockin’ sampler CD.
Trevor GiulianiSubcontrario: Funk lilting acoustic stories.
Various Artists – 6 New Songs: Velvet Blue Music’s new music sampler. I dig Kissing Cousins.
Antidemon Satanichaos: Brazilian death metal. The cover artist for the next issue of Heaven’s Metal Fanzine.
Various Artists – Saw VI Soundtrack: The Memphis May Fire song is cool.
For TodayPortraits: Appreciating the band’s musical maturity and attitude.
Owl CityOcean Eyes: Who isn’t addicted to his joyous music?

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