we were told not to be this transparent because it will scare away subscribers and donors.

But we want you to know the successes we’re proud of and where we need your help. Read on for a probably-too-granular breakdown to our 2023 budget.

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2023 Expenses: $33,500

  • Ella Ray, Associate Editor part time stipend: $14,400
  • Amelia Rina, Editor in Chief part time stipend: $12,000
  • Writers’ fees March–December: $1,500 ($150/month)
  • Cliff Notes writers’ fees March–December: $3,600 ($100/week)
  • Operating costs: $2,000

2023 Income: $38,852

  • Subscriptions: $446/month, $5,352/year
  • Critical Minded 2023 grant: $33,500
  • Advertising: TBD
  • Sponsor content: TBD
  • Donations: TBD
  • Sales: TBD

So what do all these numbers mean?

They means that, thanks to the generosity of Critical Minded and our subscribers, Variable West will continue empowering the West Coast art community for another year!

Thinking about long-term sustainability, any additional revenue made in 2023 will be put toward 2024’s budget. The goal is to be financially independent for many years to come.

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