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Paste Magazine Helps with Songs For Haiti

songs_for_haiti.jpgWith all the rescue and relief efforts going towards Haiti over the past week, it’s natural to feel a little post-disaster fatigue even without turning on the television to hear the phrase “bottlenecking at Port au Prince” every two seconds.

Luckily, Paste magazine has used its considerable musical resources to gather over 200 recording artists on its “Songs For Haiti” collection, a relief project that is giving 100 percent of its earnings to three different Haiti charities. While bands like Of Montreal, Andrew Bird, and Hanson (Hanson!) contributed unreleased tracks to “Songs For Haiti,” you can help by donating your money and receiving the plethora of MP3s. Charity has never sounded so good!

We caught up with Paste publisher Nick Purdy yesterday, and asked him if these musicians were the same ones who donated tracks to Paste last year to help the magazine stay afloat.

“It’s the same platform, and a lot of the same artists…but going towards a different goal,” Purdy explained. “Like a lot of people, we’re just trying to think what we can do, how we can mobilize…Haiti’s going to be an issue for awhile.”

With that in mind, Purdy and Paste have no definitive end date for their “Songs” project, but hope to raise a couple hundred thousand dollars for the relief effort, which will go to Doctors Without Borders, The Red Cross and Wyclef Jean‘s Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund.

Full press release below.

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Paste Magazine Thrives Through Belt-Tightening

benpastecover2008.jpgWhile giant publishers with seemingly limitless budgets were forced to reassess their finances and even shutter publications over the last two years, a small, 8-year-old music magazine has been quietly expanding through innovative solutions to its cost problem.

Paste magazine, run by Tim Regan-Porter, Nick Purdy and Josh Jackson, offered its readers several options to help combat dwindling finances, including several different subscription package combos, fundraising and getting recording artists to release a special song for their magazine that wasn’t available elsewhere. They also started turning out a smaller product to save on costs.

Not only did it work, but Paste is on the road to being out of the red, according to publisher Purdy. And with if the magazine can find more help from an “angel,” it would “put us on sound financial footing and let us invest in things like circulation again,” he told Audience Development.

Now Paste has bulked up its content by entering into a licensing agreement with Featurewell.com, which allows Paste articles, columns, and reviews to be reprinted in other publications. Meanwhile, Paste is able to reprint content from any of Featurewell’s other clients, including TV Guide magazine, New York Observer and Reason magazine. While we’ve seen this sort of content-sharing happen with more and more frequency with Web publications (like Gawker and The Business Insider), it’s been slow to catch on with print journalism. Here’s hoping that 2010 sees other small publishers being as creative with their funding options and content as Paste.

Press release after the jump.

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Paste Asks Readers, Musicians To Help Save Mag

paste.pngLike every other magazine today, independent music magazine Paste has fallen on hard times. It’s gotten so bad at the Decatur, Ga.-based pub that they won’t be able to publish their June issue — without some help.

Last night, the magazine appealed to its readers, asking them to donate whatever they could to make sure Paste can survive well into the future. In return for donations, readers will get access to music that they can’t get anywhere else, available for download on Paste‘s site. Donors will also have the opportunity to win prizes like signed posters and an ocean-view cabin on next year’s Cayamo Cruise.

Publisher Nick Purdy said he hopes the fundraising campaign will help Paste survive well beyond its June issue.

“Our outlook is fine,” Purdy told us. “Cash flow has come to the point where we can’t go on, but if we get some money in then we have every intention of continuing on.”

Although Purdy declined to name the specific amount that he hopes this campaign will bring in, he did admit that it is over $1 million a six figure number. But, donors can contribute as little as $1 to receive the same access to rare and unreleased music, so it will be interesting to see how long it takes Paste to reach its goal.

In the meantime, Paste has not had to layoff any employees, although the 15-person staff (including the magazine’s three founders) has agreed to take a 20 percent pay cut.

Full release, with complete list of participating artists, after the jump

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