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Pat Pope’s blogs about Stop Working For Free have been fine words and a perfect sentiment that we fully endorse.

Pat has a good case and we support him emotionally, spiritually just not financially.

Everyone should get paid to work in their creativity but…we just can’t afford it.

It’s almost impossible to make it work out here.

A few people have rightfully pointed out that Louder Than War don’t pay writers etc.

They would be right. We simply don’t have the money. We are not subsidised like the BBC, we don’t have a sugar daddy, we are not paid for by the music business. None of us gets paid. That’s not the way we ant it. In the 21st century people just won’t pay to read websites and the music press has almost disappeared.

The adverts which we have on the site and which we are not massive fans of are a means to an end. Even with the huge volume of hits the site gets which, thanks to you the readers makes it one of the most read music websites in the UK, we simply can’t make enough money to cover the costs of the server for the website and the constant repairs we are always having to make to the site because it was not set up correctly in the first place.

Of course that is no-one’s problem but our own but it leaves us with very empty pockets.

In the old days of the music press the Ads would pay far more and would cover all the bills but the 21st century has seen a collapse in music biz leaving so much of this stuff fan led. We are not the BBC – we can’t survive on an imposed national subsidy like the license fee. We may have more readers than some of those media outlets but we can’t force people to pay for our content.

Just like paying for music, people are out of the habit of paying for anything now – we were toying with the idea of a voluntary pay button. This would be great for those people who like to comment about non payment of writers – they could press the button, donate a chunk of money and we would pay the writer. That could be one solution.

We are working towards a fully financed website where we can pay the writers but nearly every website in the Uk exists like us – in-between money. We are saving up to pay out.

And if it’s any consolation to anyone we don’t get paid either.

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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.


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