Patreon Enables Fans to Pay Content Creators in New Ways

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It’s not QUITE crowdfunding. It’s not QUITE a subscription service. It’s Patreon — a tool created by Pomplamoose’s Jack Conte. Patreon allows fans of musicians, authors, bloggers, photographers (any kind of content creator, really) to become patrons in an interesting new way.

Instead of pledging money towards a major project (album release, book launch, film editing, etc.) like you might through crowdfunding sites such as Kickstarter or RocketHub, Patreon users can pledge a certain amount of money for each new product/project that the creator releases, with a monthly cap on spending.

Patreon for Musicians

As a musician, you could use Patreon to earn money every time you release a new demo, single, video, or blog post. Your fans get to contribute to an ongoing creative process, rather than just one moment in your career.

What do you think? Will you use Patreon? Will a service like this help you forge a closer connection to your fans? Let us know in the comments section below.

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  • I’ve been puzzling over this for a couple of days. May well be worth a go, I’d be interested to see what the pressure of having people pay for content would do to the way I approach my content creation. Progressive idea. Need convincing.

  • Yeah. I was thinking about that myself. If you have patrons on the other end of the content creation process, that's all the motivation you might need to stick to a schedule and get out X amount of blog posts, X amount of videos, etc. per month/year.

    @ChrisRobley

    • I’ve taken the plunge. Not with my music but with a series of video interviews, which felt like an obvious thing to inject funding into. The question is, will it be easy to convince people to get on board! Any news on Peter Hollins’ article? There’s a market for a ‘how to’ book now as it is still such a young platform with so much potential for explosive growth.

      Here’s my page if you’re interested: http://www.patreon.com/andymort

  • Peter Hollens

    I absolutely adore Patreon, and it has changed my life, giving me stable income to make my music. It's life changing for us content creators.

    • Hey Peter, that's great. Would you be up to talk a little bit in a blog article about how you've used it to make money? Just wrote you an email. Lemme know, if so.

      @ChrisRobley

  • Nice. Cool project. Thanks for sharing.

    @ChrisRobley

  • I found out about Patreon about a week ago and now I’ve launched my own Patreon page. The process was really, REALLY easy. As for fans… I really don’t have a huge fan base or social network in place so for me it’s something I’ll be doing from the ground up. What I have found as a creator is that it’s so much easier to talk to other artists and connect with them through Patreon (for collaborations, unique Patreon only opportunities, etc.). You post a comment on a youtube video and there’s so many people you will probably never reach the content creator. On Patreon however, the artist is waiting for those comments.

  • Cool. Great feedback. Thanks for sharing, and I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying using it.

    @ Chris Robley

  • Well, I’ve been always looking for a real motivation to finish my songs. When I saw patreon, I said: this is it. So, I recommended it to any musician I met (jijijijij), and finally after a year I decided to open it!
    There is something with this, if you don’t have already followers, don’t expect anything to happen. I had no followers (I haven’t given away my demos even to my friends for years!). And I’ve asked a couple of people to check the site to find mistakes. So a few friends are supporting me, but I’m deliberately not asking to friends or family. So, now after a month, with no followers, no gigs, still a great experience because this little donation from a couple of friends is helping me to focus to finish my work. But if I would have to recommend it now, I would say: open first a youtube/FB/twitter/soundcloud/g+ profile, get some number of followers, and then try patreon.

    Otherwise, it feels like busking in a family dinner. It makes you very AWARE that you don’t have real followers that are passionate about your stuff. And you will feel someway in debt with this friends/relatives. I

    t is tough to make fans to support you in this way. If you don’t already sell a certain amount of albums, who is going to support you continuously?

    So, after a month of having my patreon, I see patreon is great for people already with followers. I don’t regret to have made it in this way (without any followers), but I learned that it is silly unless you have already an online presence (through social networks) that could bring some steady traffic to your patreon site. BEfore open you patreon, be sure that you have people ready to pledge! if not you may feel like a looser =D

    I hope this helps other people!

  • Thanks for sharing your experience with Patreon. I think it will definitely be helpful for people in similar situations.

    @ChrisRobley