Help Save OffBeat Magazine!

OffBeat closed our Frenchmen Street office, where we had been located since 1998, because we could no longer afford the rent in this location. We disposed of decades' worth of OffBeat Magazine copies, photos, posters, books and more so we can move to a smaller location within the New Orleans Jazz Museum at 400 Esplanade Avenue (located in the Old U.S. Mint) in attempt to keep the magazine and our digital components anticipation of the tapering off of the COVID virus.

We were looking forward to this fall's festival season, as the advertising our French Quarter Festival issue and the  Jazz Fest Bible™ would have helped to support our writers, photographers and small staff, as well as  the overhead we still incur with our website and the staffing it takes to keep us going. These ad revenues were would have been crucial to the continuation of OffBeat. Hosting a website, our Weekly Beat newsletter, our social media takes money and time. Both myself and Joseph Irrera (my husband and partner in OffBeat) have voluntarily not taken a salary for well over two years (we survive on Social Security) to help keep OffBeat alive, even in its digital format. We are actively seeking a group to continue to publish OffBeat through these dark days and into the future. So if you have the capacity and vision to take over and to expand the mission of OffBeat, please do let us know .

OffBeat Magazine  has been the champion of music, musicians, music businesses and culture in New Orleans and throughout the world for the past 34 years. Through its print magazine, web site, weekly newsletter, social media, Best of The Beat Awards, guides to local festivals, the Louisiana Music Directory and Jazz Fest Bible™, we've endeavored to preserve and grow the music "ecosystem" and create appreciation for our great music worldwide. 

OffBeat is not supported by "member donations" and we need your help to keep music journalism and music and music business advocacy alive in New Orleans during this very difficult time. 

The COVID virus has shuttered live music, festivals and culture in New Orleans for 16 months: musicians; bands; music venues, bars and restaurants; festivals and concerts; second line parades; Mardi Gras Indians and so much more. We thought we saw a light at the end of the tunnel with the return of big festivals in the fall of 2021, but now the COVID delta variant has stopped these as well.

The virus shut down our print OffBeat Magazine, which totally depends on advertising revenue to survive. Advertising from our partners supports our ability to publish our magazine, web site and e-newsletter and to pay our digital staff, contributors, photographers, printers, postage and distribution team, to say nothing of the costs of keeping our web site , Weekly Beat newsletter and social media functioning over the next few months during the time of the pandemic. Many of our advertising partners were shut down at this point, and were starting to recover, with Jazz Fest being the "light at the end of the tunnel." All that has changed now with the ongoing rampages of COVID.   
Do you think OffBeat is an important contributor to preserve and promote New Orleans and Louisiana music and musicians?

If you do, your donation will help us to keep OffBeat up and running to keep our music coverage and advocacy alive and strong.

Please consider a donation, and you'll receive a digital subscription to OffBeat (for a minimum $24.99 donation). 

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