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Hello Colleagues,

Composers' Forum has been around about 12 years and it's now time to consider if it should continue. There are many boards and web sites out there, plus reddit, plus facebook, so there are plenty of places composers can go to to have discussions with each other. Many of these sites offer free membership, as does Composers' Forum. But Composers' Forum is not free to the admins who run it - it costs $599 a year to keep going. Admins have been paying this cost since the site began, out of a love for music composition. We've asked the members to voluntarily contribute each year to help pay for the site, with limited success, amounting to at best about 10% of this cost. So this year is a decision year - it's now up to you, the members, to decide if this site has had its time and should close down or continue if you would be willing to help pay to keep it going. I'm hosting this discussion so you can share any thoughts you have on this. The site license is up for renewal at the end of October, I will make a decision whether or not to renew it sometime in September, in part, based on anything that comes from this discussion - 

Gav Brown
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Stephen,

Aside from trying to keep food on my table (we just had to go a week not buying ANYTHING because some bills came due, in addition to a large car repair we can't pay either) , I also contribute to various organisations that help with food and education of families in the poorest countries around the world. Compassion International and Women for Women to name a few. Perhaps you have been to Bangladesh. My wife was just there on a trip (paid for by a go fund me drive) to visit a child who just aged out of the system and who we had helped since a very young age. Surely you don't suggest that I support this forum instead.

Bob,

I have never criticised anyone for being short of cash (been there myself), just one of life's many vicissitudes. My comment was based solely on your earlier post viz: I no longer feel the need to post music here any more. I do comment on works by others. But I don't feel strong enough about it to pay for it.

Now that's a different kettle of fish entirely. But, whatever - I enjoy reading your comments here, and CF would be the poorer without them - so good luck with the car repair etc and keep posting.

Best,

Stephen

The donate process is very easy and as far as I know there is no minimum. I'd encourage people not to be hesitant to donate if all they can afford is a few dollars/pounds/euros.  If enough people make even small contributions, it will make a difference.

Donation received for 12.10, thank you! Running total is now 343.10

My goodness, I've been inactive for 7 years! Count me in for $20. So happy to see this site still around. Definitely a valuable resource for all.

Welcome back! Running total is now 363.10

Approximately one week remains. 599.00 is needed to keep the forum open, 363.10 has been donated so far, and thanks again so much to those who have already contributed! 235.90 is needed to reach the goal and keep the forum open for another year. If you enjoy this site and would like it to continue, please do so using the link at the top of the page by Aug. 31st - 

A great shame. I've tried to do my bit, could possibly manage something monthly, but it really is the most interesting and resourceful site of those around. I've been here half a year and have benefited, particularly exposed to the variety. There's a more specialist London group (and a Brighton contemporary group)  but the kind of thing I like to write which can vary over quite a range even so wouldn't quite fit. They all require subscription anyway

I hope a few more can come forward to save it. I mean, 20 people at $15? No-brainer really. They have 6 days...

I agree entirely and am sending another small donation to help things along - hopefully more members will donate before the week's end. I too would be willing to pay a small monthly subscription to help CF survive.

Dane Aubrun said:

A great shame. I've tried to do my bit, could possibly manage something monthly, but it really is the most interesting and resourceful site of those around. I've been here half a year and have benefited, particularly exposed to the variety. There's a more specialist London group (and a Brighton contemporary group)  but the kind of thing I like to write which can vary over quite a range even so wouldn't quite fit. They all require subscription anyway

I hope a few more can come forward to save it. I mean, 20 people at $15? No-brainer really. They have 6 days...

Thanks Stephen, I received your donation and also got one other anonymous donation! Current running total is: 599.00 is the goal, 403.10 has been donated so far, 195.90 is needed to keep the forum open.

$10 donation made today, thank you! 413.10 has been donated, 185.90 additional needed to pay for the annual fee.

$10 donation received, thank you! 423.10 has been donated, 175.90 additional needed to pay for the annual fee

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