Patreon: Today’s Lord-Master of the Arts

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Did you ever wish people would help fund your artistic endeavours? Not solely on a one-time basis like with crowdfunding, for example, but on a more long-term basis? Then Patreon might be the answer for you.

Patreon covers everything creative, from video & film, crafts & DIY, writing and music to comics, photography, dance & theater and podcasts. Think this is a flash in the pan? According to Patreon, online patrons have contributed over $100 million so far to projects listed on the website.

In a nutshell, you set up an account promoting your initiative and then ask people to donate a set amount every time you upload more material. Maybe it’s daily or weekly or monthly. Whatever. As long as people are committed to supporting your vision, you continue to receive payments.

Per the website’s details, this is what it boils down to:

PAYCHECK FROM YOUR FANS

Harness the power of your biggest fans by letting them fund your ongoing content creation with a monthly subscription amount of their choice.

HAVE THE FREEDOM TO CREATE MORE

With less focus on the dollars, you’ll be able to spend more time doing what you do best; making awesome stuff.

GIVE YOUR PATRONS SPECIAL STUFF

Now that you’ve found your most devoted fans, you’ll be able to repay them with unique rewards that you decide.

So even if you think it’s a longshot that friends, family and strangers will want to fund your craaaaaaazy idea to produce a movie score or draw pictures for a graphic novel or send out podcasts on  how to train your monkey, you’ve got nothing to lose. As my friend Mr. Pagoda used to say when I was living in Seoul, “You can do!”
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