The Music (magazine)
Cover of 25 September 2007 issue
|Publisher||Street Press Australia|
|First issue||September 1990|
The Music, formerly known as Drum Media, is an Australian music magazine devoted to long-form music journalism and commentary, music news, and artist interviews. It is based in Melbourne, Victoria, and published by Street Press Australia. It was founded in 1990 as a free weekly tabloid-sized music magazine (street press) named Drum Media.
The magazine changed its name to The Music in 2013, following the merge with two other magazines, Time Off and Inpress, owned by Street Press. The brand's most recent managing editor is Andrew Mast. Mark Neilsen is the current editor-in-chief.
The first issue of Drum Media appeared on 16 September 1990 with a distribution of 40,000 and featured Midnight Oil on the cover. The magazine had been established after the entire staff of the long-running Sydney street press magazine On The Street staged a mass walk out on 6 September after a dispute with the owner over work conditions and pay. Following a meeting at the Excelsior Hotel in Surry Hills, it was decided to start a new magazine with editor Margaret Cott and her sister, advertising manager Jennifer Cott, daughters of Mac Cott, Founding Editor of the Southern Highlands News, Bowral, providing the initial capital. The magazine rented its first office in Orwell Street, Potts Point and the first issue was released ten days later.
A separate weekly issue began circulating in Perth in September 2006. Publishers Craig and Leigh Treweek bought Drum Media in February 2006 and consolidated it with Melbourne street magazine Inpress under the Street Press Australia banner. Craig Treweek said at the time, "This is a great opportunity to build a strong music media outlet that is supportive of the local music scene at a grass roots level."
The last issue of Drum Media was number 1172 dated 7 August 2013. On 14 August 2013, Street Press Australia launched the first issue of The Music (incorporating Drum Media issue 1173), a free music magazine with additional columns on topics about popular culture.
Distribution and circulation
As of September 2007, the readership of Drum Media throughout its distribution area in New South Wales was audited at 125,000. The magazine was published every Tuesday and distributed primarily throughout music stores, hotels and entertainment venues, cafes and university campuses in Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong and Canberra, as well as satellite areas including Wyong and Gosford and the Blue Mountains. In Western Australia, the readership was estimated at 100,000 with distribution covering Perth, Bunbury, Margaret River, Geraldton and Albany.
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