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Crowdsourcing Mornings: The Mainline: Music, News, And The Human Condition


This is Crowdsourcing Mornings! This post takes place every weekday morning and highlights one crowdsourcing project I liked from Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or other crowdsourcing websites.

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The Mainline is a new independent publication based in Atlanta, Ga., that is revamping traditional journalism and modes of expression in print and online. We will publish quarterly issues along with regularly updated content on our website (www.mainlinezine.com—construction is near completion and official launch pending).

The Mainline made its print debut in July 2019 with Issue One: “The Stand or Fall Issue,” a special issue that took an in-depth look into the abortion bans passed in spring 2019 in various states in the Southeast and Midwest of the United States. The timing of this issue was unexpected—our original plan was to release Issue One in late September—but being based in the Southeast with the rising heat of this political climate, we found that we had plenty to say and felt an urgency to do so to help build up our communities and get our voices out there.

We didn’t hold back. We were able to print 600 copies with our budget and “The Stand or Fall Issue” is currently out in Atlanta, Brooklyn, Nashville, and Seattle. Issue Two, “The Way Out Issue,” will be released on Sept. 26, with plans of higher circulation numbers and distribution in additional cities.

While “Stand or Fall” is definitively geared towards activism and sociopolitical commentary, it is only one facet of The Mainline’s coverage. We will cover three majors areas—music, news, and the human condition—which are explained in detail below. The Mainline is a space to dig deep into music, art, community, and the issues that plague us with more grit, more humor, less polish, no filter. It is a new platform and outlet where we can push against the status quo of the current state of the media and claim our power back. And there are plenty of opportunities for growth.

Our core values as a publication are authenticity, accountability, and accessibility. Our goal is to reach and re-engage a demographic that has fallen disassociated, apathetic, and complacent in today’s world. What was originally going to be a small music zine turned into a publication that broke into multiple cities with its debut… and we have a lot more work to do as artists, journalists, and activists.

As of September 2nd, this project has raised $5,000 of their $10,000 goal. This project has 10 days left to raise the $10,000 or it will not be funded. For a pledge of $2, you will get a vinyl sticker.  For a pledge of $10, you will get two pins and two stickers.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/themainline/the-mainline-music-news-and-the-human-condition?

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