Nikki Simpson

is creating the International Magazine Centre

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The Freelancer
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Count the pennies and the millions will count themselves, is what I've always said. Give a $1 a month and one day you'll be part of that million! 

You'll also be supporting the International Magazine Centre on its journey - thank you!
The Sub-Editor
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If you're a certain age, the number five is literally famous (i.e. The Famous Five). 

Spending $5 a month will buy us a cup of tea and a sandwich, which really is essential because no food=no energy=no International Magazine Centre. 

Fame awaits! 

Patrons paying $5 a month or more:

* receive free entry to all events run by the International Magazine Centre

* are invited on to our mentoring scheme, to be mentored by one of our international publishers

* receive our Stack magazine offer of an introductory magazine from their subscription service for £1/$1/€1 (normal price £7). 
The Editor
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Wow, $10 a month is usually the price of a magazine subscription, which as massive magazine fans, we know can be painfully difficult to give up. 

But don't worry, the International Magazine Centre will support the magazine publishing industry, so you can be safe in the knowledge that long-term your pledge will come right back to where it should be. 

Thank you for your support!

Patrons paying $10 a month or more:

* receive bonus material from our training course - transcripts, complete interviews and bloopers, and full videos from past events

* receive free entry to all events run by the International Magazine Centre

* are invited on to our mentoring scheme, to be mentored by one of our international publishers

* receive our Stack magazine offer of an introductory magazine from their subscription service for £1/$1/€1 (normal price £7).




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Hi everyone,

I want to open an International Magazine Centre in Scotland and I need your help.

If you're new to magazines or the industry, first let me tell you a bit about what makes them wonderful.

Magazines foster communities
This is my favourite part. When you've found the magazine for you, it opens up a huge world of like-minded people, all doing things you're doing or aspire to do, all telling you cool, interesting or useful things, all making your magazine experience feel personal. Most magazines run some pretty amazing events on their subject, and if you can't make it in person, there's a wonderful world of social media to tap into that same community. And all available either for free or a mere £2-£10 in a newsagent near you!

Magazines are a creative outlet
Magazines are a platform for incredible photography, design, illustration and advertising. Even before you focus on the specific topics of each magazine, editorial design can be so beautiful - check out Cover JunkieMagCulture or Stack for some of the world's most visually stunning. And then there's the topics themselves - magazines insist on reinvention in every issue, giving editorial designers huge scope to explore the subject and its interpretation - who couldn't be inspired by the images of Architectural Review, the covers of The New York Times Magazine, or the sheer fabulous-ness of The Gentlewoman?

Magazines inspire
Magazines offer long-form journalism dedicated to inspiring, challenging or entertaining the reader - if it's none of these things then you won't want to read it so publishers are focused. Imagine if it worked the other way - if you went to a publisher, told them all the things you like and then they created content just for you, and not just on the things you already like, but the stuff you didn't even know you like! You'd feel pampered, right? Guess what, this is already happening - you just have to find the magazine for you. 

Are we all agreed that magazines are brilliant? Good. Read on for more magazine loveliness...

So what's the International Magazine Centre about?
The International Magazine Centre is an hub for magazine lovers, for magazine publishers and for all those industries that contribute - photography, journalism, design, social, illustration, advertising, events, marketing, data and more.

Just like the magazines it works with, the Centre will foster a community - connecting global publishers to collaborate and share their expertise, supporting internationalisation through initiatives like our Licensing Hub, nurturing talent and creating jobs through our new publisher accelerator programme. There'll be office space for publishers and those affiliated industries above, incubator space for recent publishing and journalism graduates, hot desking and support for global publishers who need a space in the short term or permanent space for the long term. There'll be events space not only for publishing talks and workshops, but also for publishers to hold their events - and with broadcast facilities to ensure you don't miss out if you live the other side of the world.

Does that sound good? Keep reading, you're getting there!

Like the magazine world, the Centre will also be a platform for creativity - promoting magazine innovation, delving into publishers' magazine archives and celebrating the wonderful world of magazines. There'll be space for exhibitions on magazines, photography, design, advertising, illustration and more - some aimed at magazine geeks working in publishing (cookery magazines of the 1920s anyone?); some focusing on a business audience interested in tech innovation in the sector; some with a broader consumer appeal - we'd love to see an exhibition on the illustrations of The New Yorker for example. (Hi The New Yorker! If you're reading this we'd love to work with you!) And if you're not able to make the exhibition itself, the online presence will be so good you'll wish you had jumped on a plane.

Finally, in the same way magazines inspire, we want to do the same. If you got a bit confused earlier when I talked about 'the magazine for you', then we want to change that. Our magazine shop (and cafe - never forget the power of good cake!) will have an incredible selection (both in the shop and online) of traditional newsstand and indy magazines; consumer and business-to-business titles; free, customer, internal and membership magazines; international and multi-lingual titles. If we haven't got it we'll find it for you, and if you haven't found the magazine for you yet, you'll have it by the time you leave. For publishers, there'll be low-cost digital training courses to skill-up or learn about innovations in the industry; an online and in-person events programme to connect with international magazines; and an inspiration web page to get the grey cells moving or the creative juices flowing. 

Still with me? Thanks for reading this far, you're amazing!

This is great for people in Scotland, but what about the rest of the globe?
This is always top of my mind - what's the point in calling it 'international' if it's all Scotland, Scotland, Scotland?

There's no doubt that this will be an incredible venue that you'll want to visit, but I'm doing my utmost to make sure that everything possible that we can offer in a physical space is also offered through our website. That includes the licensing hub, training courses, inspiration from publishers, events broadcast in real time or available to view on demand, the shop and exhibitions in all their glory. Yes, you're right, you won't be able to buy cake through the website, but the rest is possible. (In fact, cake is possible, but I think shouldn't be our main focus.) If you can think of any other way we can support publishers on a truly international level then we'd love to hear from you!

If you've read all the way to here then I'm impressed - thank you!

If you agree with all of this and you'd like to help make the International Magazine Centre a reality I'd be incredibly grateful for your support. You can support the Centre by giving as much or as little as you like and in return I'll give you as much support, inspiration and cool stuff as I can.

Yes, I've worked in magazines for ages (13 years) so maybe I'm as magazine-geeky as they get, but I love this industry, and I'm passionate about magazines, creativity, publishing and publishing people - I hope you'll join me on my journey!
33 of 500 patrons
When we reach 500 patrons, we'll be able to hold pop-up International Magazine Centres across the world! This will help us spread the word to publishers, and showcase the amazing world of magazines to the public, in their country and beyond. WOW, imagine!!
To say thank you to all our amazing patrons, we'll send you all a lovingly crafted International Magazine Centre tote bag, hand printed by us!
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