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Or browse all past free weekly articles here

The Ostara Project launch: a supergroup is born
With new recordings to come, here’s the set that started it all.
I wanted to quit streaming. I was wrong. Here’s why
Opinion: we can’t afford to skip this opportunity to be heard
The Dean Thiessen Big Band debut concert
An interview with Dean about his upcoming event in Burnaby
“Just go and build the band”: Sister Jazz Orchestra
An interview with Christian Morrison of Sister Jazz Orchestra
Jacob Chung - Epistle
Album review: twentysomethings find joy in solid hard bop

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What is the free weekly article?

The free weekly article at Rhythm Changes gives you a great artist, event, or recording to enjoy and share – plus this week's upcoming Vancouver jazz gigs from our list.

I started writing it to less than 100 people in early 2022, and now hundreds of people have become a member for free to get it delivered every Tuesday morning. Plus, it's not just me writing anymore: there are several paid contributors from the jazz scene.

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I sell sponsorships, exclusively to local music businesses in our scene, to cover the hosting costs of the website & tech that we use. It's important to me that 100% of subscription money goes to people, instead of tech bills – and especially to the contributors, making sure everyone gets paid fairly.

Sometimes non-profits/charities/community initiatives appear in your sponsor segments, or you link to them. Do they pay for that?

No, those would be my editorial/community decisions. Only where I use the word sponsor, as in, "Thank you to ____ for sponsoring this article" did someone pay for the placement. I'm proud to support various local non-profit arts initiatives; if you have one, please make sure I know about it.

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-Will