Update (Feb 2022): Thanks to your support, Seoulbeats has reached a financially sustainable position. We will be closing our Patreon from March 2022, and running an annual fundraiser in the summer.
More details on this change can be found in this post.
This might be the Nth call for support you’ve seen in recent times. But if you’ve read and enjoyed even just one of our articles, please bear with us and read to the end.
Seoulbeats started in 2008 as a platform to share diverse voices examining K-pop from a critical perspective. 12 years on, we still pride ourselves on being one of the only non-commercial K-pop sites that regularly shares in-depth reviews of releases and well-researched op-eds.
Seoulbeats is run on a voluntary basis by a team of fans. We make time outside of our full-time jobs and studies to research, write, and edit the content you’ve been reading, at no cost to our readers. We publish articles, and search engines and social media activity bring in readers. The traffic brings advertising revenue, which we use to pay for our server.
We want to keep our work accessible to all readers, and to continue sharing our honest views without compromising our content to meet our financial needs. But we’ve come to a crossroads where ads are no longer sufficient to keep Seoulbeats financially afloat.
In light of this, we’re launching a Patreon account (patreon.com/seoulbeats) with two monthly subscription options (prices are in USD):
For more information on how the membership works, check out Patreon’s billing page.
Update (Jan 2021): In response to reader requests, we’ve also set up a Ko-Fi (ko-fi.com/seoulbeats) where you can make one-time donations of $3 and above.
Here are other ways you can support us:
- Add Seoulbeats to your ad blocker’s whitelist
Our ads are provided by Google, so they are safe to unblock. Whitelisting the site will be a great help to us.
- Share our articles (and this post!)
With more readers drawn to our site, the chances of increasing our ad revenue will be higher.
If there are other ways you’d like to support us, please get in touch with us at info[at]seoulbeats.com.
Thank you, always, for reading our articles. We hope that with your support, we’ll be able to keep this dynamic space, with more than 10,000 posts appreciating and critiquing K-pop, going for more years to come.
Chelsea (Editor-in-Chief) and Qing (Managing Editor)
On behalf of the Seoulbeats team