Five years, 62 issues, free to the public — now Good On Paper and the local arts community needs your help to cover our printings costs for at least the next 6 months...
Since 2015 we have provided a free monthly guide to the Stroud District, as well as featuring comprehensive what's on listings we have previewed thousands of events and promoted hundreds of albums, books, art and more coming out of the five valleys.
Together with producing a publication during this time we have raised money for charity, worked closely with festivals on their branding, design, websites and programmes, curated our own concerts and exhibitions, organised stages at festivals, put together the hugely popular annual Good On Paper Party and run our own festival which brings in audiences from across the UK and abroad.
The way in which the magazine was previously funded is currently not a viable option as many of our advertisers are still closed or not running live events for the foreseeable future. But rather than carrying on with our hiatus we changed the way in which we operate. For the time being...
Last month we published a special June edition celebrating the amazing projects which have been set up over the past few months to help the community during lockdown. Last Friday we printed, posted and distributed the July issue with many new regular features including arts and culture news, short stories, playlists, a poetry page and a dedicated section for Young Artists aged 16-19. These issues were available via our ongoing Supporters Subscription Service and select stockists temporarily for £2.50 a copy however our aim is to be free and accessible to all.
We now need your support.
Good On Paper is still a part time project (unlikely ever to be a full time project) and like many others we have also faced uncertain futures and difficult times in our regular (or at the moment not so regular) 9 to 5's but we feel that the contents of the magazine can continue to be an asset to the community and create some sense of togetherness whilst we feel apart therefore we plough on...
So for the first time in five years we have set up this Crowdfunder to enable us to continue to print and publish this magazine of ours as it's currently not covering it's costs. It will also allow us to make the publication free again from the August issue, making it fully accessible to readers of all ages and backgrounds across the Stroud District.
Why read a listings magazine without any listings?
There are still lots of interesting things to read in there and the listings will come back! Local artists, musicians and authors are still putting work out there for you to delve into. Venues and festivals are working on ways in which to engage with their audience in a different way and are slowly re-opening. Young artists are now getting their chance to see their work in print. Our contributing writers are still sharpening their quills and your friendly neighbourhood arts magazine is working hard to continue to celebrate this amazing place we call home. Five years, 62 issues down and we are still not running out of content! Thanks Stroud and all who dwell within you...
So if you read Good On Paper and would like to see it continue please donate what you can to this Campaign. Small or large it all helps - if every reader gave just a pound it would cover our print for the next six months!
Thanks for reading.
Long Live the Printed Word.
Alex Hobbis and Adam Hinks
Good On Paper