Welcome to Friends With Benefits, Free Times’ contribution program.


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Since 1987, Free Times has brought you journalism that matters: hard-hitting investigative reporting, arts coverage, music writing, food news and much more.

It’s a critical time for local news. As newsrooms across the country dwindle in size and number, quality local journalism becomes all the more important — and hard to find. But you can find it in Free Times.

With award-winning reporting on issues like depression in the music scene, human trafficking and the perils of Live PD, we’ve made an impact on local journalism — and we’re committed to continuing it. Meanwhile, we continue to bring you crucial coverage of the food, music and arts scenes — a combination of local information you can’t find anywhere else.

Free Times has always been 100 percent ad supported and free. But we’d love for our loyal readers to help us out.

We’ve also got some pretty cool deals for you as part of the bargain. Our exclusive insider program is packed with goodies from all over the Midlands. You enjoy the swag, and your contribution allows us to continue providing quality journalism.

Every contribution matters, and allows us to continue creating quality journalism for the Midlands. Thanks for your help.

Questions? Please contact Meg Senn at megs@free-times.com.

 

Perks

Platinum Level: $250 and above:

  • Dinner with Publisher and Editor
  • Free Times Editor’s Mug
  • 2 Tickets to Best of Columbia Party
  • 15% off any level membership at the Nickelodeon
  • 2 Tickets to one of three events: A Free Times Halloween; Tacos, Tequila and Tacky Sweaters; or Brunch So Hard
  • First 50 members entered to win an overnight stay-cation at Hotel Trundle and dinner at Motor Supply Co.
  • Free Times bumper sticker
  • Free Times event discounts
  • Exclusive email club to receive perks from local Free Times supporters
  • Members Night with the editorial team
  • Members-only contests & giveaways
  • More perks to come

Gold Level: $100 and above:

  • 2 Tickets to one of three events: A Free Times Halloween; Tacos, Tequila and Tacky Sweaters; or Brunch So Hard
  • Members Night with the editorial team
  • Free Times Editor’s Mug
  • Free Times bumper sticker
  • Free Times event discounts
  • Exclusive email club to receive perks from local Free Times supporters
  • Members-only contests & giveaways
  • More perks to come

Silver Level: $50 and above:

  • Free Times tote bag
  • Free Times bumper sticker
  • Free Times event discounts
  • Exclusive email club to receive perks from local Free Times supporters
  • Members-only contests & giveaways
  • More perks to come

Bronze Level: $30 and above:

  • Free Times bumper sticker
  • Free Times event discounts
  • Exclusive email club to receive perks from local Free Times supporters
  • Members-only contests & giveaways
  • More perks to come