Careful readers of EM may have noticed something different in these pages over the last couple of issues. Although it may seem subtle, it indicates a significant change: On April 4th, 2018, New-Bay Media was acquired by Future PLC, a “global platform for specialist media” with a wide-ranging portfolio of print titles, events and online content. The acquisition not only gives the UK-based publisher a major foothold into the U.S. market but provides them with a stable of business-to-business magazines.
EM and keyboardmag.com are now part of Future’s Music division, which includes titles you may already be familiar with, such as Future Music, Computer Music and musicradar.com. A major benefit of this change is that it will allow us to tap into additional resources that should greatly benefit readers with a wider spectrum of how-to articles, product reviews, and video than ever before.
But the move is bittersweet, as this is the last issue produced by the Bay Area team I’ve relied on for years—editorial director Michael Molenda, managing editor Barbara Schultz, design director Damien Castaneda, web editor Markkus Rovito, and production manager Amy Santana. Assembling a print publication takes a massive amount of work, and these five people have gone way beyond the call of duty to keep EM looking good all these years. I will miss their energy, ideas and camaraderie very much. So, please join me as I raise my late-night coffee mug and toast this awesome team one last time.
More changes are ahead, of course, and I’m looking forward to what’s in store in the future with Future. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this month’s issue. As always, send me your comments and ideas—I’m all ears!