On April 29, 2003, I launched a very rudimentary version of Avant Music News. This was before blogs, social media, or legal music streaming services were a thing.
Since then, we have gone through three different hosting platforms and three different software packages for hosting. To a modest extent, the site caught on and grew. In the early years, our biggest problem was finding an article or two to post about every day. Today, our biggest problem is keeping up with news, article, and music review submissions (a quick look at the inbox indicates that the current count of unread submissions is 32, down from twice as many due to yesterday’s sort-and-purge activities).
We are not supported by advertising or beholden to anyone. What you see is the ongoing effort of volunteers who are really into the music. In a world where not-for-profit independent music sites rarely survive long, somehow we’ve managed to stick it out. Maybe that’s because we’re doing what we enjoy and it doesn’t seem like a job. Having said that, I wish we could do more – in particular, more original reviews and interviews. But there is a lot of material coming in and only so many hours in the day.
In any event, I’d like to thank the site’s contributors and writers, the musicians and labels who keep us up to date with what they are doing, and of course our several thousand regular and semi-regular readers. You guys have provided us with reasons to keep going for over a decade and a half.