Wondering Sound cuts operations
The music publication Wondering Sound has "scaled back some parts of our operation," it says in a statement. It plans to "pursue the partnerships and funding needed to continue the growth and success that Wondering Sound has achieved since its launch earlier this year," the statement says, adding: "We strongly believe in our unique voice and positioning within the music publishing space, and with the right partner we look forward to continuing our mission of understanding music and the cultural context that it sits within."
The digital music service eMusic launched Wondering Sound in March, with Editor-in-Chief J. Edward Keyes promising a "high-caliber roster of writers" who would provide "thought-provoking, well-written, insightful pieces about the artists you love and the artists you’ll love next."
The site appears to have a staff of eight, with a large roster of contributors, many of them splashy names like Lenny Kaye, Amanda Petrusich and Tobi Vail. I've contacted eMusic to try to get some clarity about what this statement means.
Update, 4:55 p.m.: Doesn't look like I'm hearing back from eMusic (my job at Poynter ends at 5 p.m.!). But these tweets from Wondering Sound staffers help fill in the picture.
Also, yeah, I should probably make this clear to the Internet: I am very, uh, available right now. Reach out to me however you reach out.
— Jayson Greene (@Jayson_Greene) December 12, 2014
— J. Edward Keyes (@keyescore) December 12, 2014
Thanks, everyone. We're devastated, but this love is so appreciated.
— Claire Lobenfeld (@clairevlo) December 12, 2014
Seconded. It means so much and I am trying so hard to stay optimistic. RT @keyescore: All of you tweeting right now: thank you so, so much.
— Laura Leebove (@leebovel) December 12, 2014
just signed in saw all the @wonderingsound tweets in my timeline and burst into tears out of sadness/gratefulness.
— Lindsay Hood (@LindsH) December 12, 2014