What, no Patreon?

Since its humble beginnings in 2019, COLD OPEN STORIES has sought to promote the skills and talents of actors, writers, and artists. We believe in bringing together a wide range of voices and providing our listeners with professional content free of charge and without tethers to advertisers or corporations. After all, stories that are fan-made don’t have to be crap. 

If we were to solicit for donations, how much would a single episode of COLD OPEN STORIES cost? Let’s look at the rates of what our volunteers would normally charge for the hours that go into making a single 15-20 minute episode:

  • $500 for one creative director / story editor / coordinator
  • $25 monthly website hosting (minimum)
  • $60 foley artist / sound engineer
  • $80 per actor/actress (incl. word count / hourly rate variations) with and average 5-6 performers per production
  • $75 art assets for marketing collateral
  • $500-$800 for one writer’s complete script
  • $1,100 for one composer and three original tracks
  • $200 for one SFX sound designer

So how can I help?

We’re not looking for money. Even if we were, this endeavour wouldn’t break even. We’re fans, and we want to tell stories that bring attention to the worlds and characters we love.

Option 1: Share us in your network

Really, one of the best ways you can help is to share us with your network. That means your Facebook groups, your friends, your hobby circles, wherever. Your sharing helps our talented writers, performers, and team get exposure and hopefully find new paid projects on their own.

Option 2: Support one of our sponsored charities

Rather than put money in our pockets, consider donating to one of the charities we’ve thematically sponsored from the audio productions below. When you give, mention us at Cold Open Stories and show your appreciation by sending us an email to let us know what you’ve done to help others in the community.

Hearing Health Foundation

Working to prevent and cure hearing loss, the Hearing Health Foundation is a leader in driving new innovations and treatments for people with hearing loss, tinnitus, and other hearing disorders.


AI4ALL is a nonprofit working to increase diversity in artificial intelligence and create a world where AI is created by people who represent the diverse general population.

SOS: Children's Villages

More than 140 million children worldwide have lost one or both parents. When a child's world is turned upside down, SOS Children’s Villages UK works to give them a home, a family, and provide them with quality education and medical care.

Terry Fox Foundation

In 1980, with one leg having been amputated due to cancer, Terry Fox embarked on an east to west cross-Canada run to raise money and awareness for cancer victims. His Marathon of Hope continues to inspire others and raises money for cancer research to this day.

Copyright & Legal

COLD OPEN STORIES is a site dedicated to short stories, fan-fiction, and a love of the performing arts. All content on the site are unofficial FAN PRODUCTIONS and are no way endorsed by Games Workshop.

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