Patreon is a crowdfunding platform created by musician Jack Conte and developer Sam Yam.
It is a way to get paid for creating the things you’re already creating (webcomics, videos, songs).
Artists set up a page on the Patreon website, where patrons can pledge to donate a given amount of money to an artist every time they create a piece of art, optionally setting a monthly maximum.
Alternatively a fixed monthly amount can be pledged. This is different from other crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter, where artists obtain a single sum after a successful campaign and typically have to start over for every new piece.
Though I looked at a lot of crowdfunding platforms, I really liked the simplicity of Patreon. Also, in comparison to other platforms, it wasn’t just for one-off pledge funding campaign but monthly or by project. Patreon also has an activity stream where some of the posts are available to non-patrons, which other platforms didn’t provide.
What inspired me to start crowdfunding, was the imminent end of my MacBook Pro running on OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard – (don’t laugh). It is on this computer I do all my recording, and since I use Logic, I’d have to get another MAC. My first MacBook was a gift. Buying one myself is way out of my salary league, so someone suggested on FB, I do crowdfunding. I thought of using Kickstarter, but then I realized a couple things.
First, I release content, either new music or videos every couple months or so and secondly it would be great to know who are my supporters or true fans. Though I have a mailing list and social media profiles on FB, Twitter, Reverbnation and Bandcamp, it is way more fulfilling to have “one place” to connect to them all.
Patreon really makes it easy to connect in one place.
4 patrons. The feeling is incredible to feel supported like that.
So, here is the campaign pledge video and go ahead and visit my Patreon page to read more about the gifts and the platform. I’ll be updating this post as the campaign continues.
Multi-instrumentalist and director Olivia Hadjiioannou as the artist Oh. has been honored for her ingenuity, innovation and creativity in music and video with multiple international awards. She made her debut as Oh. on the international music scene with the award-winning music video, "Trials" in 2013 – cited as one of the 50 top events to mark Greece during the economic crisis. With the advances of immersive video, she released her single "Love of Avalanches", mentioned in Huffington Post as one of first 360-degree immersive VR videos released by a Greek artist on YouTube in 2016.
The EP “Metallia” has received over 32 reviews from 13 countries worldwide, is in top 10 progressive rock and metal charts and listed as one of the best albums of the year for 2018 on Metal Nation Radio.
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