December 12, 2013
For Immediate Release
THE ARTS FUSE CELEBRATES 2,000TH ARTICLE, FIRST YEAR-LONG UNDERWRITER, AND A NEW SITE DESIGN
Celebrity Series of Boston underwriting Boston’s pioneering arts publication
BOSTON, MA: The Arts Fuse, Boston’s online arts magazine, has published its 2,000th article and redesigned its web site with a new design to help readers better find and navigate its thousands of reviews, previews, commentary, and interviews.
In addition to more than two dozen underwriters who regularly advertise with the online magazine, Celebrity Series of Boston, who celebrate their 75th anniversary this year, has also committed to underwrite The Arts Fuse through its 2013-14 season, demonstrating their support for The Arts Fuse’s quality journalism and innovative publishing model.
“The Arts Fuse continues to grow stronger each month,” states Editor-in-Chief Bill Marx, “In spring 2013 we raised more than $4,000 from our readers to run a taxi-top advertising campaign in Boston, grew our site traffic to 25,000, and increased our Facebook fans to more than 5,300. It’s clear we’re filling a need for readers in Boston and beyond who seek quality arts journalism. Having Celebrity Series of Boston support us is another strong validation for our entire staff of 60 writers and critics.
“Unlike traditional media, we don’t have printing presses, delivery trucks, TV or radio studios or satellite dishes, a central office, or all the costs that go with them,” Marx continues. “Our revenue comes from underwriting/advertising, reader donations, grants, and major gifts and all our income can go directly to paying our writers and growing our readership. Unlike traditional media, The Arts Fuse is very lean and efficient.”
Since the site began publishing in July 2007, The Arts Fuse has increased editorial coverage of the arts and culture in Boston with in-depth criticism, coming attractions, interviews, and commentary covering dance, film, food, literature, music, television, theater, video games, and visual arts. While many in the arts and culture realm have worried, “what is the future of the arts coverage?” The Arts Fuse has continued growing the online magazine and has had people in cities like Chicago, Seattle, and San Francisco ask, “Can you publish an online magazine like The Arts Fuse here?”
Started in reaction to the declining arts coverage in daily and weekly newspapers, monthly magazines, radio, and television, Marx began The Arts Fuse as a nonprofit organization that could experiment with professional online arts criticism, looking at new and innovative ways to use online platforms to evolve the conversation and bring together critics, readers, and artists.
For more than two decades, Marx wrote about arts and culture for print, broadcast, and online media outlets including WBUR, WGBH, NPR, The Boston Globe, and The Boston Phoenix. Marx has also contributed essay-reviews to a variety of national publications, including Parnassus, Ploughshares, Washington Post Book World, The Nation, The Boston Review, The Los Angeles Times, the Columbia Journalism Review, and The Village Voice. Marx won United Press International and Associated Press awards for his radio reviews of Boston theater. He has been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Reviewer’s Citation three times.
The Arts Fuse has become the home for more than 50 contributing writers, critics, and editors across New England, including Debra Cash (The Boston Globe, WBUR), Harvey Blume (The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Wired, Agni), Franklin Einspruch (The New Criterion, The Weekly Dig, Big Red & Shiny), Helen Epstein (author of six books of literary non-fiction), Steve Elman (The Boston Globe, The Boston Phoenix, WBUR), Jon Garelick (former Arts Editor at The Boston Phoenix) and Gerald Peary (former film critic for The Boston Phoenix and author of 9 books on cinema), among many others.
The Arts Fuse has also helped elevate some of New England’s rising stars in arts writing, including Jonathan Blumhofer (composer and violist), Adam Ellsworth (YNE Magazine, Online Music Reviews, Metronome Review, Worcester Telegram and Gazette, Wakefield Patch), Grace Dane Mazur (author of Hinges: Meditations on the Portals of the Imagination), Ian Thal (performer and theatre educator, The Jewish Advocate, The Clyde Fitch Report), and Austen R.Walsh (Boston University Communications Department student, The Needle Drop), among many others.
The Arts Fuse is also running a year-end reader fundraiser for donors who want to make a tax-deductible donation to use on their 2013 tax return.
Additional resources for media, including a 300 dpi photo of Bill Marx, can be downloaded in our Media Resources room.
About The Arts Fuse
The Arts Fuse was started by Editor in Chief Bill Marx in June 2007 and currently has more than 60 contributing writers, critics, and reporters from across New England. Marx is an award-winning critic from his work at WBUR, WGBH, NPR, The Boston Globe, The Boston Phoenix, Parnassus, Ploughshares, Washington Post Book World, the Nation, the Boston Review, The Los Angeles Times, the Columbia Journalism Review, and The Village Voice. For more information, visit http://artsfuse.org or follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook, or our entry on Wikipedia.
About Celebrity Series of Boston
Celebrity Series of Boston was founded in 1938 by pianist and impresario Aaron Richmond. Over the course of its 75-year history, Celebrity Series has presented an array of the world’s greatest performing artists, including Sergei Rachmaninoff, Arturo Toscanini, Ignace Paderewski, Artur Rubenstein, Vladimir Horowitz, Glenn Gould, Fritz Kreisler, Jascha Heifetz, Isaac Stern, Andrés Segovia, Kirsten Flagstad, Marian Anderson, Luciano Pavarotti, Béla Bartók, Igor Stravinsky, Martha Graham, Ballet Russe De Monte Carlo, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Mstislav Rostropovich, and the New York City Opera Company.
The Celebrity Series has been bringing the very best performers–from orchestras and chamber ensembles, vocal and piano music, to dance companies, jazz, and more–to Boston’s major concert halls for 75 years. The Celebrity Series of Boston believes in the power of excellence and innovation in the performing arts to enrich life experiences, transform lives and build better communities. Through its education initiatives, the Celebrity Series seeks to build a community of Greater Boston where the performing arts are a valued, lifelong, shared experience–on stages, in schools, at home– everywhere. For more information on Celebrity Series of Boston, call (617) 482-2595 or visit us online.