2020 has been a year of many surprises for our magazine, chief among them rebranding at the start of a pandemic and transforming a lifestyle and entertainment publication previewing happenings around D.C. into an outlet for supporting our community during such a tumultuous time. We feel an immense amount of gratitude toward the local voices who’ve shared their stories with us, and to our readers for trusting us and the content we create.

Because we’re living in unprecedented times in so many ways this year, we’ve had the opportunity to feature some of the talented District denizens who often stay behind the scenes and offer the spotlight to others. The perfect example of this is our cover subject for the winter issue, Audrey Fix Schaefer. A dear friend of the magazine and someone who has been on our bucket list to interview, she finally agreed to being on our cover because of the importance of the current issues she is shedding light on.

Fix Schaefer, who runs communications for I.M.P. venues (9:30 Club, The Anthem, Merriweather Post Pavilion and Lincoln Theatre) and NIVA (the National Independent Venue Association), has worked tirelessly since April to get legislation passed to save independent music venues. She’s a local hero, and we delve into her impact on the music industry, both in D.C. and nationally, in our cover story.

Our final issue of 2020 is meant to highlight so much of the good our community is doing, from the Kennedy Center’s social impact initiatives to the myriad of nonprofits doing unique work to the local artists, makers and business owners striving to stay connected while restructuring their creative approaches.

Thank you to our community and our readers for giving us the gift of content we never imagined we’d be able to create this year. We look forward to returning in 2021 to continue telling your stories.

With gratitude,

Monica Alford

Monica Alford