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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Patreon Launch! (015)

Today, I'm excited to announce a new phase in the Singerreise project, the launch of the Patreon website! You can find it at Patreon.com/singerreise .

Patreon is a website devoted to supporting artists and creators through a type of crowdfunding financing. It helps creators do what they do best - create - and gives them the resources they need to make it happen. It's very focused on the arts, and is one of the best ones out there in terms of fees.

If you're new to crowdfunding - the basic idea is that many people offer voluntary, easy, usually small contributions towards a project. Because of the magic of the internet, the many contributions pile up into a useful amount. As a reward to the contributors, there are usually some perks, based on how much is contributed per person and how much it all adds up to.

The most recognizable crowdfunding sites out there are probably Kickstarter and GoFundMe. Patreon works a little bit differently. Instead of asking for a single contribution, Patreon asks for monthly contributions, again, most of them being quite small. This difference is key for artists, because it lets them accomplish not only a single project, but to continue producing and creating project after project after project.

In the case of Singerreise, this involves the creation of the videos and the writing of the articles - those are the "core" content. Putting those together, however, takes a significant amount of resources - cameras, mics, lighting, editing software, computer hardware, data storage, publicity, and so on. More important than all of those, however, it takes an enormous amount of time - time that could be used creating an income doing something else. Each 10 minute video, for example, requires a few hours of filming, and twice as many hours of editing.

I began this project because I want to give back to the community. I believe that I can reach people through these mediums and bring them content that will entertain, educate, and encourage them, whether they are an arts-lover or a fellow singer. This mission remains unchanged.

Your financial support, however, will make sure that this project can sustain itself and continue long into the future, to reach as many people as possible. If you have been entertained, or if you have learned something through the course of these videos, I encourage you to help make that true for someone else.

Of course, there are some perks, too! You probably want to hear about those! Contributors (called "patrons" in Patreon) will have access to exclusive content, such as bonus videos and audio files. They may, for example, get early access to ad-free videos, and they make get discounts on future services, events, swag, and whatever else I can dream up. You can see all of the perks at the Patreon website itself

Mostly, though, by becoming a "patron", you are supporting my mission. No perk that I can offer will come close to the benefit we all receive from seeing the project continue. The main videos and articles will remain free and available to everyone, and to those who need it most. Your contributions will make that happen.

So I hope you will join me at Patreon! There's lots more of Winterreise to explore, but this project is bigger than even Winterreise. There's lots more "life of the singer" tidbits to share, and just around the corner, I hope to get some interviews going! Thanks for being a part of Singerreise, and stay plugged in for more content to come!

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