PUBLISHED BY JOE FITZPATRICK
As the 90’s alt-rock band SEMISONIC sang in their infamous tune, “Closing Time,” every new beginning comes from some other beginnings end. After moving to Richmond, VA, I have gained perspective on where I’m at in my career, and the time has come for me to venture into a new project. The end of Dominion Collective marks the beginning of a new chapter in my life, but our success continues to thrive in our music and culture.
Since October 2012, the staff and contributors of Dominion Collective strived to foster a sense of community in music and art scenes throughout Virginia (the Commonwealth), as well as provide a voice to the local artists. We also provided a platform to aspiring music journalists throughout the region in honing their craft, learning more about local bands and businesses, and provided an opportunity to be involved in the collective experience of building our brand. When we expanded our coverage to include artists from Washington, DC (the District), we opened our doors to a wider, more inclusive market, and we were rewarded handsomely with interest and support from members of the community.
When I founded our website four years ago, it initially served as an outlet for me to continue to hone my skills as a budding journalist, eager to join the ranks of other music journalists I looked up to in publications such as Alternative Press. Since my late middle school years, I have had an intense passion for music, which fueled my interests in photography and writing. After earning my Bachelors degree in English with a journalism concentration, this website has been integral in my career development in so many ways beyond writing and photography. It taught me about branding and content management. It taught me leadership skills and how to manage a regional team. Furthermore, it taught me the value of collaboration with local partners, social media marketing, and digital strategy.
Even though we will no longer be publishing new posts on our website or social media pages, our experiences and the connections we’ve made will stay with us. I would like to thank all of the contributors for helping me to keep this website active and contributing their unique voices to our Collective. Thank you to all the talented artists, bands, and businesses that let us share their stories and build their brands, especially those we had opportunities to partner with in the support of local events and contests. It was a pleasure working with all of you, and I hope we can collaborate in the future on other projects.