Rhys launches new e-zine The Know
Rhys Buchanan was awarded a CALF scholarship in 2015, he has a background in music journalism and is passionate about fighting climate change. Rhys has been mentored by the Guardian's Online Environment editor Adam Vaughan and through the support of the fund has established his own online E-zine called The Know, which brings together his passion for social issues together with his love of music. Here Rhys tells you about The Know in his own words
The concept behind the already growing website is to act as a platform for musicians in Bristol and Portland to gain exposure internationally. I feel it’s important for the site to use it’s growing following to discuss important issues such as the struggle of local music venues as well as wider ethical and global issues. I attended a Guardian Masterclass which has helped me develop some new feature concepts ranging from the refugee crisis through to an article for Frank Water charity about water sanitisation in India.
Why Bristol and Portland? Both cities are forward thinking in terms of their political values, creative and collaborative scenes and have a focus away from major music destinations such as London and New York. It offers us a quirky and unusual base to start from and means we have a much bigger reach from the get go.
The magazine has already been received very well amongst both music scenes, press and PR companies. We were very excited to host a stage at local festival Dot To Dot Bristol and to be chosen to act as a judge for Glastonbury Festival Emerging Talent Competition.
The Crispin Aubrey Legacy funding has been invaluable. It’s given the website a professional appearance and enabled me to move it away from being a Wordpress blog to something with hosting and it’s own URL. This was vital to be taken seriously by PR companies and future advertisers. We’re growing at a fast rate and planning a print issue for the The Know in the Autumn with support from the fund and are looking at advertising to make the publication sustainable in the long term. Read The Know Magazine.