Boston Band Crush Archived Article: Farewell Crush: Mike and Sophiastepping down from editor roles

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Dear Boston Band Crush Friends,

With teary eyes, Sophia and I wish to announce that we have decided to step down from our editorial roles at BBC. This decision has been primarily fueled by the rising priority of one of our new projects (more below!) and our assessment of what is best for the advancement of this blog.

Our goal has always been to work to establish BBC and then step aside and allow our numerous contributors to shape the direction and future of the blog. We have had a wonderful experience working with our contributors and our fellow editor Ashley. We have decided that the blog will move forward most efficiently if Ashley is allowed to guide the vision and direction of the blog, rather than relying on the slow rate of progress required when three hands are all steering simultaneously. We are confident that Ashley will guide BBC to further greatness and we look forward to seeing it grow as much in the next year as it did in its first year.

We are extremely proud of all of the things that BBC did in 2009 – SXSW to the Rumble to One Night Band to just plain establishing ourselves as one of the many pillars of the Boston music community. We are very honored by all of the support and praise we have received and we are certain that you will continue to see great things happening here. Sophia and I will continue to be involved in a support role with BBC and you’ll see us making posts as time allows. You’ll still frequently see us at shows with our video camera. We each saw more than 100 Boston bands this year and we hope to see just as many in 2010.

We’ll be continuing to concentrate heavily on our musical projects (The Motion Sick and Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling) and will be unveiling our latest endeavor, a music licensing and consulting company called Launch Over. Consistent with our primary agenda when we founded BBC (to raise the profile of the Boston music scene as a whole and work to reestablish Boston as a major national music city), we’ll be utilizing Launch Over to focus on working with Boston’s talented population of independent bands to locate licensing opportunities for their music and to provide advice and consultation for improving their media reputations locally and nationally. We have been working for the past 6 months on establishing the infrastructure necessary to make this endeavor possible and we’ve got a lot of exciting plans for 2010. We very much look forward to continuing to work with all of you in this capacity and very much hope that local music will continue to gain ground the way it did in 2009.

We wish everyone the best and we’re very excited about things to come. Please keep in touch!

Best Regards,
Mike and Sophia