As artists, musicians, and makers, sometimes it can feel like we spend a whole lot of time and money on our creative projects--and we don't get much in return. How many times has your band received $50 to split between the four of you for a show? How many listings on your online shop go unnoticed?
Of course, art is not really about the money. It's about creating, expressing, and sharing. But it can feel rough when you have gear to buy, posters to print, and albums to record, and you have to dig in to your personal account to pay for it all.
This is where you can get creative with the help of Patreon, a project-funding website which allows patrons to contribute per creation, or per month. On Patreon, you can offer exclusive content, or gather support for the content you're already producing. Patrons pay to see you create.
Check out the heypoletti! Patreon page for an example. Because we create all different types of content (podcasts, videos, and articles), and each month is different, we ask for a monthly contribution. Our patrons can support us with $5, $10, $20, $40, or any other amount per month that they'd like--even just a dollar! And there are tons of rewards and special content for patrons only.
Another example of a Patreon page is that of local Cleveland band These Knees. Steph Trivison, the frontwoman of These Knees, has done something different to gather the support of her fans. As a band, you may not be sure of what you'll be making every month, so it might be difficult to promise a new song or a new video that often. Steph's solution? Singing in her shower. Her page explains:
The ‘Song in a Shower’ video series will provide exclusive access to performances of our brand new songs, unreleased material, covers, and re-imagined originals with some of our most talented musician friends. Performances occur in a very luxurious shower twice a month. ;)
The These Knees Patreon has been featured on the front page of Patreon.com, and has been a success for Steph and her bandmates.
If you think you might want to start a Patreon for your creative project, you can get a bonus $50 by signing up with this link, and gaining at least 30 patrons!
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What are some ways you gather support from your fans? Do you use Patreon?