Over the past five years, we have created a self-funded, award-nominated online community. Since it’s birth in 2015, AZ, started by four Black queer women, has developed into an online publication and social space, as well as event organisers, for LGBTQ+ people of colour. Now, we have created a fundraiser with a target of £20,000 for Black LBGTQ+ creatives to continue to amplify voices within journalism, Black media outlets, and platforms, where QTIBPOC can often be overlooked in the conversations about race and gender.
With over £15,000 raised already, we’ll use 50% of the funds to maintain the magazine, pay LGBTQ+ content contributors, provide online and physical spaces for AZ Hub events, cover expenses, and look to expand AZ outside of London.
With the remaining half of the funds we’ll be awarding 10 individuals with £1,000 each, the fund will enable the creatives to create a piece of art, and tell a story and amplify their voice through their chosen medium.
DJ Mag has teamed up with AZ Magazine to support one selected creative, and will be providing sponsorship for a dance music-focused project. They will be utilising their industry network and platform to provide mentorship and resources for the grantee, in line with their pledge to continue supporting Black artists and creators in the music industry.
Information regarding applications will be available soon. If you would like to find out more about the fund or if your brand would like to sponsor a creative please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Donate to the fund here.