News/Announcements: Shotouts to Patrons

News/Announcements: Shotouts to Patrons

This site has been a labor of love throughout its ten year existence. Of course, I’m biased here but I think that this site is truly special: as a reader you can come across personal and eclectic curation and coverage of independent music from artists across the world — regardless of genre, style or country of origin. Much of the JOVM ethos has been inspired by the eclecticism of my music loving parents and from living in Queens, one of the most diverse places in the entire world.

I’ve run this site as a (mostly) one-man operation out of my Corona, Queens, NYC-based apartment while working full-time in the editorial departments of three different publishers across trade and academic publishing as an Editorial Assistant and as an Acquisitions Editor. As a result, I often felt as though I had a very odd, dual life: during the day, I was a sort of mild-mannered, spectacled Clark Kent.  And when it was time to leave for the day, I’d run off someplace to change out of my business clothes to become professional music journalist, blogger and photographer, covering shows all over town, returning to my apartment in the wee hours. I’d repeat this three to four days a week for the bulk of this site’s existence and my book publishing career.

Running a site like this has been a wild, fun ride. I’ve had experiences I never would have dreamt of — and would make my younger self envious: I’ve met some of my heroes, I’ve covered some amazingly talented artists, seen some memorable shows, traveled internationally to cover music and I’ve met some of the nicest, kindest and people in the world, who have welcomed me to their hometowns and in some instances, their country with open arms.

The sort of work I’ve been doing for the past decade, is the sort of work that should — and needs — to be continued and championed as much as possible. Music is often the emotional center of our lives, and in our extraordinarily difficult and unsettling time, we must take comfort in music, art, literature  and all of the other things that connect us to others. Hopefully, my work with JOVM has brought you some joy, some comfort, some escape from things, while inspiring you to go out there and do something.

Of course, running a site like this costs money. Your support is desperately needed. Last year, I started a Patreon page  as a way to help support my creative endeavors and this site. Check out the page for more information:

I’m also selling photo prints. You can check out my current offerings at the JOVM store:

I understand the financial uncertainty that many people are experiencing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. So if you’re unable to contribute, you can do the following: pass the word on about this site and its Patreon page to other people, who might dig  what we do. And as always keep on reading!

As, I promised on my Patreon page, I also wanted to give a shoutout to this site’s kind patrons:


Alice Northover

Bella Fox

Jenny MacRostie

Thank y’all so much for your support. Your support keeps this site going.

As always, be safe y’all. Power to the people!