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.

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at TBD.com and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.

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