Jun 3rd, 2009 // 2 Comments

Songsmith-focused magazine Performing Songwriter is shutting down production after its next issue. The magazine had been publishing for 16 years, and according to publisher and founder Lydia Hutchinson, it was completely ad-supported for the entirety of its existence, and it wasn’t about to let a sour economy change that: “By ceasing publication now we know the magazine will never risk losing its integrity and or its quality. All of us here are grateful for this journey, and feel like we’ve crossed the finish line with our heads held high.” [Music Row]

  1. Look, I know I’m supposed to embrace the blogosphere and Web 2.0 as a substitute for the paper press, but this is now way past the “depressing” stage. For all the Flash-y graphics and interactiveness, flipping through the pages of my old copies of RS, ND or Q is still a whole lot more fun than randomly entering words in the search engines of their online versions…

  2. It’s too bad that the tabloidy, teeny bopper, crap-pandering, industry-hyping, schlock magazines continue to stick around while decent publications run by sincerely great people have no choice but to fold.

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