A little experiment: Sharing the love at Patreon

So, here’s an interesting thing – I have a favour to ask. Would you be willing to be part of an experiment with me?

Back in September, I shared how I was moving most, if not all, my spontaneous creative work to Patreon. It’s why I’ve been so quiet here since.

A small number of people followed me over there, and I’ve been posting fairly regularly – new songs, impromptu jams, an unfinished novel, prompted poetry – you know, that sort of thing…

I’d like to get more people there but I came across something really, really ANNOYING about Patreon’s functionality.

Put simply, it’s REALLY difficult to find artists on Patreon, unless they’re already successful.

The flip-side of this is that it’s nearly impossible for an artist to find patrons on Patreon! Basically, you have to build audience elsewhere, and get them to Patreon to pay you.

[Patreon then reaps the reward of your hard work through their fee]

Sigh… Such is the way of things in the arts on the internet.

Still, it got me thinking – and the idea for my little experiment began to form.

Here it is in a nutshell:

For every 5 patrons I have at Patreon, I will ask the community to tell me 3 undiscovered artists who I can, in turn, sponsor on Patreon.

Basically, each one of my patrons will actually be sponsoring 1.6 artists just by sponsoring me at Patreon

[8 artists sponsored by 5 Patrons]

Though, of course, in reality it’s me sponsoring the extra 3.

[and yes, passing on 60% of my sponsorship]

My self-interest is simply to be able to afford to keep making music, writing books, and offering them to the world – but to be able to do that while also helping others do the same is just amazing.

So, here’s my question: Are you willing to be part of my experiment?

If so, all you need to do is sponsor me at Patreon – here are the per-month levels:

  • $1 – No reward – just for those who want to help me do what I do
  • $1 – Music Fan – you receive a physical and digital copy of any new CD I release
  • $2 – Avid Reader – you will receive a hard- or e-copy of any new novel I release
  • $10 – SUPERFAN! – you will receive physical and digital copies of any new CD or Novel I release, and private invitation to special events online and face-to-face

And, of course, you can choose to pay more than those subscription levels, but the amounts above are the minimum to get going.

So what say you? Are you willing to help me help you help my sisters and brothers in art?

Sponsor me at Patreon

Moving to Patreon

First off, I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has read me here over the past seven years – you have my love – but it is with a pragmatist’s mind that I’ve decided to move all my spontaneous creative work to Patreon.

There are two main reasons for this:

  1. The reality of needing to put food on the table, so there MUST be some return on investment for the time I spend creating
  2. My growing annoyance with the “let the public have everything” nature of art on the internet – I would rather create for a small, select group who actually care to join me than for a wide public who pass by every now and then

I’ve learned much about myself and presenting myself to the world over the past seven years – and my major learning is that this experiment doesn’t work for me.

So it’s time to try a different track.

If you like what you’ve read here, please come along and support me at Patreon – just a dollar a month gets you through the door.

And if you don’t care to join me, thanks for being here anyway. If not me, please consider supporting an artist today.

Love-peace-trust

Vince Sig 131x89

Exit stage left

Who will you blame
when you’ve shut everyone out
when no scapegoat is left
the tar and feathers
run dry?

When it’s all been taken from you
by those you trusted
who told you everything
was safe in their hands?

When alone on your island
hollow memories
times gone by
keep you barely warm?

Who will you blame?

Who will you blame?

Words: Beyond

She’s an oil painting
red rose
bleeding saffron

Sunsets burning
all fire
chaotic tranquility

The day’s end
beyond
watered horizons

Her frame
but a universe
beyond galaxies

[I have no idea where this came from this morning, it just started speaking to me]

2016 Whalie Awards Nominations

I am very, very lucky to be part of an incredible music scene here in South East New England

[some have suggested New London, CT is the Live Music Capital of New England – and who am I to disagree]

The Whalie Awards celebrate the breadth and depth of talent across our corner of the universe and I’ve am honoured and humbled to have been nominated across the past few years, including winning the Americana Record Of The Year for 2014 with Sparse.

While winning may be nice, I know of no musician here for whom the making of music is in pursuit of awards, and the same is true for me. Every year, the Whalies serve to remind me of how lucky I am to make music, and to share that music in collaboration with so many others. For this reason, you won’t see or hear me shouting that you need to go and vote for me or mine in the people’s choice awards. If it helps, you should know that I don’t vote for myself in the awards!

For those keeping track, though, I (or we) have been nominated for the following awards this year:

People’s Choice

Critics Choice

Voting for People’s Choice ends tomorrow (6th June) and ceremony is next Saturday, 11th June – immediately following that, Anne Castellano & The Smoke, are playing at 33 Golden Street, just down the street from the awards – so I guess we get the after-party!