“The Arts Fuse is an invaluable part of Boston’s arts ecosystem. The depth and breadth of coverage set them apart from their peers in arts criticism. More than once, in recent years, they have been the only outlet covering artists and performances of international relevance.”
— Jack Wright, The Celebrity Series
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Why this Appeal?
You, our loyal readers, supply crucial operating support for the magazine’s high-quality arts coverage. We have no wealthy donors in the wings supporting us. Philanthropic organizations fund the MFA and the BSO but never independent cultural journalism. Without your generous contributions, the magazine would not exist. We need to balance our books or join the hundreds of media outlets which have shut down including, locally, the Boston Phoenix and The Improper Bostonian.
“The Arts Fuse is more than a fuse — it's da bomb! Smart and stimulating, it brings home the value, joy, and depth of the arts.”
— Gish Jen, author
What would happen if the Arts Fuse went dark tomorrow?
It would be a “silent spring” for arts and culture in Boston.
No more daily reviews, features, interviews, and commentaries from 70+ critics in the know.
No more Short Fuse podcasts. No more weekly poems.
No more Francis Davis Jazz Poll. No more Coming Attractions.
No more remembrances of local arts leaders, such as Lucia Small or George Fifield.
No place for thousands of articles on film, TV, theater, dance, visual art, and music.
No way for arts organizations, large and small, to get the word out about what they are doing — at a time when the arts are struggling to survive.
No professional criticism from an independent perspective — at a time the mainstream media is zeroing out arts coverage.
No one to remind people why they love the arts or to challenge marketing blather.
No one to point out innovative arts and culture on the margins that should be seen.
No one to support the arts by amplifying the voices of artists in our community
No one to help train the arts critics of the future.
Bottom Line: 16 years of covering the arts as few independent magazines online around the country have — over 8000 articles — will vanish.
“The Arts Fuse helps us, artists and audiences alike, to better appreciate ourselves as a community as it enriches us culturally. The magazine's support for artists' careers is invaluable.”
— Laszlo Gardony, jazz pianist and composer
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