When we started Blank GC six years ago, we knew it’d be a hard slog. I mean, most people thought we were nuts.
A hard-copy magazine, solely focused on arts and culture. On the Gold Coast. It’s hilarious.
But thanks to hundreds and hundreds of people passionate about the city’s arts scene, we’ve managed to keep our heads above water and printed some 76 editions of the street press, publishing thousands of articles about local bands and the music they make, venues and the shows they curate and artists and the beauty they create. We’re proud of how much we’ve contributed to the local arts scene.
But right now our entire industry is in turmoil. Our advertisers are amongst those most heavily hit by the directive to cancel events of more than 500 people.
With that in mind, our team have made the incredibly difficult decision to suspend the physical print magazine until the end of June.
But of course the show goes on. Every month, we’ll still bring you a digital version of the magazine, with all the usual online and social media content we’ve become so well known for.
Our staff have voluntarily cut their hours so that we have a little more wriggle room to keep the magazine going and our contributors are refocusing their efforts on creating content which supports local artists through this time. If you have ideas for how we can better do this, please contact me.
We’ve also started a FB group to support local artists with news, resources, advocacy and advice.
To our most amazing partners, advertisers and sponsors, we’ll be in touch in coming days to discuss our very temporary transition to a digital magazine and how we can work together to minimise the economic impact of COVID-19 on the local arts sector.
We know this is impacting our community dramatically.
We’re all in this together.