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Published October 11, 2014 17:27:49


This announcement is our happiest yet! But it’s more than just happy - it confirms a massive cultural shift that we all felt but had trouble describing. It’s a restless movement, developing simultaneously right now in arts communities around the world: The public is demanding to pay creators. As the cost of consuming digital media drops to zero, the masses are beginning to visualize the peril on the road ahead for creatives, and now they’re doing something about it. Some people call the phenomenon "crowdfunding," some people refer to it simply as "supporting artists," but its roots grow in a familiar soil, an age-old human desire to contribute to the creation of art. We call it patronage. In less than a year and half, over a 125,000 people have become patrons of creators on Patreon, paying them over a million dollars every month. Their patronage takes the form of a recurring pledge - a promise to pay creators per work or per month. The sum of these ongoing pledges constitutes sustainable, reliable salaries for professional creators around the world. On behalf of all the creators on Patreon: thank you, patrons, for your consistent support. You are the reason we can keep creating. If you are not a patron yet, please check out two of my recent favorites on Patreon: Chris Ryniak draws a new friendly monster every day. Danielle Ate the Sandwich is a singer songwriter that makes me melt. Her new album, Like a King, is one of my favorite albums of the last few years. In cinematography, there’s a concept called the "shadow edge transfer." It’s the general area on a set or a subject where the edge of a dark shadow ends the light begins: Credit to: Brook's Short
It’s difficult to determine EXACTLY where the shadow’s edge is, which is why cinematographers created a name for the region where one becomes the other. While it’s challenging to mark the precise edge of an age, it’s clear that we, creators, are in the midst of a shadow edge transfer in era. We’re moving out of the dark ages of creativity - when professional art creation was a privilege that belonged to a select few, when an audience of hundreds of millions was was required to be profitable, when "hit songs" were the only sustainable model, when ad revenue required hundreds of millions of pageviews to be lucrative. We’ve moving into a realm of small business creativity fueled by community. We’re moving into an era of patronage. We’re not out of the shadow yet, but it’s getting brighter. Join the movement

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Creators on Patreon Receive Over 1,000,000 per Month From Patrons


This announcement is our happiest yet! But it’s more than just happy - it confirms a massive cultural shift that we all felt but had trouble describing. It’s a restless movement, developing simultaneously right now in arts communities around the world: The public is demanding to pay creators. As the cost of consuming digital media drops to zero, the masses are beginning to visualize the peril on the road ahead for creatives, and now they’re doing something about it. Some people call the phenomenon "crowdfunding," some people refer to it simply as "supporting artists," but its roots grow in a familiar soil, an age-old human desire to contribute to the creation of art. We call it patronage. In less than a year and half, over a 125,000 people have become patrons of creators on Patreon, paying them over a million dollars every month. Their patronage takes the form of a recurring pledge - a promise to pay creators per work or per month. The sum of these ongoing pledges constitutes sustainable, reliable salaries for professional creators around the world. On behalf of all the creators on Patreon: thank you, patrons, for your consistent support. You are the reason we can keep creating. If you are not a patron yet, please check out two of my recent favorites on Patreon:
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October 11, 2014 17:27:49

Nate Maingard I am so honoured, humbled, proud and GRATEFUL to be a part of this, THANK YOU for being a part of the change we all want to see in this world. The time of the troubadour has returned :)

October 11, 2014 17:36:44 · Reply

Eleyse Gottman Have an upvote just for that last line, not nearly enough people use the word troubadour these days!

October 13, 2014 09:35:42 · Reply

Nate Maingard Thanks Eleyse :). I think we can start using it again, since we have patrons again :D

October 13, 2014 12:50:55 · Reply

JacobK Nate, you are a true troubadour! Awesome

November 8, 2014 08:01:08 · Reply

Nate Maingard Thank you so much Jacob, it's an honour to be called on, and to call myself one :). Have a beautiful day, all the best!

November 8, 2014 16:02:58 · Reply

shah sales@islamfreedom.com

October 29, 2014 20:35:05 · Reply

Nate Maingard ummmmm, what is this for exactly?

November 8, 2014 16:03:31 · Reply

Donald Kronos I'm guessing to buy freedom from Islam? Since I'm not a slave to any religion, won't help me any. LOL!

November 20, 2014 19:39:37 · Reply

Graham Noble Awesome! Onwards and upwards guys! Patreon is really going to revolutionize the art world. I am proud to be a part of this adventure!!

October 11, 2014 17:40:10 · Reply

Helz totally agree!

October 13, 2014 12:33:28 · Reply

BBXP I also agree!

December 2, 2014 07:05:57 · Reply

Wes Platt I'm new to Patreon, but I'm optimistic about the platform it provides for artistic creations of all kinds to find new and supportive audiences. Truly, a great adventure's just beginning!

October 11, 2014 17:41:09 · Reply

Laura Jolly Yes, this is so great to hear! I'm happy and proud to be part of the movement. The world needs more patrons :)

October 11, 2014 19:55:29 · Reply

Lucas Abduch some with so much, and others with so little! hahhahaaha I have only 2 patreons. but let's keep working!

October 11, 2014 20:14:03 · Reply

Martin I remember a video that Jack postet on some YouTube channel a few years back, I think it was around the time they shot these Hyundai christmas TV ads, where he was rambling like mad about how great corporate sponsorship can be for independent musicians, because that influx of money would enable them to create their art without relying on record deals, and I was completely struck by just how much he got excited about the whole idea. (here's the clip I'm talking about: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvOSfNiNkwo) Back then, I wasn't so sure that corporate sponsorship is the right idea, because it greatly reduces the creator's range of topics. The fact that any creator would have to look out for their sponsor's expectations and to not conflict with its branding made Jack's point unthinkable for me. It obviously worked out great for Pomplamoose and Hyundai, but I had, and still have, a hard time to imagine a corporate sponsor who would support any creator like, for example, an atheist commentator like Jaclyn Glenn. (Apart from Audible, that is. They seem to blanket-sponsor a lot of creators lately - no matter the content - which I really appreciate.) Even though I couldn't possible imagine how his proposal could work long-term and on a larger scale, I was completely struck by Jack's energy and the basic idea behind his ramblings. You could see by the sparkle in his eyes that his mind was on the right track. And thus, it didn't surprise me at all when he came out with his concept for Patreon. I said this the day Patreon went live, and I say this now: Patreon is the single best business idea since Google's search engine. The rest of Google, as well as Facebook and Twitter, might be multi-billion Dollar machines, but ultimately, they are just a vehicle to sell ads. Patreon doesn't sell its users as product or serves them a few useful features as an alibi to shove some ads in their faces, it supports its users for their own sake. Patreon doesn't solve the problem that making a living with creating art and content is incredibly hard, but it comes as close as one can get without getting rid of the concept of currency all together. Kudos to the team, and especially to Jack. You guys left your impression on this world. We need more minds like yours.

October 11, 2014 20:44:06 · Reply

GodlessGeek Very well said. I agree corporate sponsorship has some serious drawbacks. I like the Patreon approach much better and am very glad to be a part of this project.

October 12, 2014 02:45:33 · Reply

Brass & Mortar Insane ramblings can make the most sense in a mad world.

October 14, 2014 23:22:41 · Reply

Peter Hollens This. "Patreon is the single best business idea since Google's search engine. T" Amen.

November 21, 2014 01:25:55 · Reply

Sebastian Malloy As a sparkling new member of this community, I'm thrilled to be joining all the artists here in forging new territory for the creatives of the world. Nothing but good can come of this for everyone!

October 11, 2014 23:12:24 · Reply

Will Reardon Just checked out your page - particularly enthused the promise of 'dangerous submersibles of questionable construction' and 'fisticuffs atop towering rain-slicked ancient architectures' - as a fellow excited but as yet unpatronaged creator I can't start throwing my money around but rest assured you have peaked my imagination and I'll be following your underwater adventures... Good luck to you old chap! ps. I trust Rudolpho made it back ok? Easy on the morphine.

October 12, 2014 09:08:07 · Reply

RAY DILLON That's amazing!! Patreon, you are awesome!!!! Thank you!!

October 12, 2014 03:46:00 · Reply

Kameko Murakami I knew this concept was a brilliant one when I first heard about it, and I'm so glad to see that it's found some traction! Keep up the awesome, everyone!

October 12, 2014 04:18:36 · Reply

Otan Vargas Proud to be a part of it! :) I join when Patreon was 2 or 3 months old :)

October 12, 2014 05:16:15 · Reply

Chris Derbidge I love it! No more label telling our favorite artists when they are finished, or what they have to produce. The fans get to decide what the artist is worth to them and the artists gets to decide where they want to journey to next.

October 12, 2014 06:42:24 · Reply

Will Reardon Already tend to cite the internet as a proof of the evolution of human consciousness - the fact that we can all communicate with one another and find groups of similar thinking people out there is a massive step forward toward global unification. This exciting news about Patreon really highlights the shift - we are now actually transferring energy (money) towards the artists and creatives who are going to be the ones to hopefully lead us to a better world! Well done Patreon!

October 12, 2014 08:46:00 · Reply

Le Rendez-vous Tech I'm very honored to be part of this adventure with all of you, and grateful to those who are embarking on to support me, us, and creators in general. It's a great start, let's hope the wave keeps rising...

October 12, 2014 11:13:06 · Reply

Kara Lynn I'm thrilled to be a part of this! Awesome job everyone and thank you~! ^^

October 12, 2014 17:53:46 · Reply

Tenebrys Hentai Flash Games I feel the same! This is awesome :D

December 22, 2014 08:09:51 · Reply

Mundoonlinefan Muito bacana ver que as pessoas estão dispostas a ajudar para ter um forma de entretenimento diferente. Nos do MUNDOONLINE mandamos saudações do Brasil e agradecemos essa iniciativa que faz com que nosso estilo de programa consiga trazer algo de bom para as pessoas em alguns momentos de alegria e descontração. Valeu PATREON tamo junto!!!

October 12, 2014 18:36:52 · Reply

David MeShow Wow !!! Thanks for sharing this awesome new with us guys ! =)

October 12, 2014 22:13:40 · Reply

Barbara Din I really think this will change the world for the better.

October 13, 2014 02:00:29 · Reply

The T.C. I don't think this thing would be quite this successful if it wasn't so friendly. Like my first thought when this came out was "It'd be Paypal Jr." and "People would think that it's a major scam" but it's actually really lenient. I hope this becomes a standard because I can't tell how many people give up on cool ideas because they can't afford it. Even if they have fans! It's also prayers answered for someone that has depression and anxiety problems. Like I won't lose my job because I have an episode or a rough ditch here. Also this website's updated a whole lot since I signed up here, kudos on that. I can't wait to see how things look in a few years.

October 13, 2014 06:41:56 · Reply

Enrique Luque Good news and congratulations to all of you. However I think that the visibility for new creators should be improved, it's especially hard when the author don't have a consolidate audience before to enter Patreon. That is my case I came with a little number of supporters and I try to show my work, but I don't know how to be visible to the Patron's community. If someone of you have some tips for people like me, I really appreciate it!

October 13, 2014 10:51:01 · Reply

Sebastian Malloy Voting that one up for that excellent observation. It's seems difficult to find newer creators around here currently, and it would benefit everyone in the long run to figure out a way to get them all a little more visibility. There's strength in numbers, after all!

October 13, 2014 14:37:42 · Reply

Tristan Simpson I agree because a new member and have great art skill

October 16, 2014 15:52:19 · Reply

Jrej Very true. Thanks for pointing that out. It is definitely hard to reach people only from this platform. I'm working on having a video on the main page, hoping that would get more attention.

October 17, 2014 01:14:38 · Reply

Stephanie Forbes I agree, I'm new to patreon too and I think Nobody see my stuff. I think that a number of view count coulxd be great just to know that my page don't appear invisible.

October 22, 2014 17:55:21 · Reply

Crystal I only just started on here. And i have to agree. I would Love to see if others could be see viewing my page. Or at least a counter. Either would be nice. Good idea! c:

November 14, 2014 08:29:53 · Reply

Jason Rogers It's not really about getting other patron's to knowtest you, They are already supporting one of more people a month and a person can only support so many people. The best direction would be to know how to advertise outside of patreon to bring in more support for everyone. When you find out how to do that train each patreon so they can amplify it. I love how nickelodeon supports Michael Dante DiMartino the creativity of Avatar the last air bender. They take care of the advertising and pay for the upfront costs of the cartoon. Now Patreon can not pay upfront the cost of a creators project but when a project is really good what is stopping patreon from paying for and doing the marketing for the really great projects? As long as Patreon is getting a portion of the prophets from the project it only makes sense that Patreon advertises itself through advertising for it's creators. Creating marketing campaigns based off of each creative market. So if your creator is making music/ music videos advertise the way record companies advertise for their musicians. If the creator is making cartoons advertise the way TV shows are advertised. Bring new people in for creators and you bring in new people for everyone.

November 8, 2014 09:47:23 · Reply

Eric Fraga Patreon changed my life, in a way. I was going to end my 4 year youtube channel (gaming related, yes... but with a touch of art and love to the beauty of the sprites, gameplay and the notes composed to the background music ^_^) but the awesome, small community of people who appreciated my work instantly backed me on Patreon. And here I am, 5 months later: not fixing computers for a living and, yes, making passionate video content about videogames everyday. Thanks ONLY to Patreon. You guys REALLY are the greatest.

October 13, 2014 14:35:05 · Reply

Beatrice Luna Super thrilled to be a part, even though it might just be a small piece, of this huge movement!

October 13, 2014 17:26:31 · Reply

Don Austin I've waited a long time for something like this to come out to help independent artists! I've known that people want to support creatives and I thank everybody who makes it happen, both patrons and patreon.

October 13, 2014 18:48:04 · Reply

BluePencilAri This is amazing! <3

October 13, 2014 20:17:01 · Reply

David Di Franco Patreon has helped me implement a new layer of interactivity and support on my content. I'm so glad to see the platform is taking off. Congratulations on your success!

October 13, 2014 23:01:55 · Reply

Flight Chops I am proud to be a part of this awesome platform for content creators to directly interact with supporters! The old paradigms for many distribution models are changing fast.

October 14, 2014 02:06:50 · Reply

Jazyl Homavazir This is a really inspiring read. So happy to be a part of this amazing site.

October 14, 2014 09:54:18 · Reply

Eric Rosner Cool.

October 16, 2014 20:00:25 · Reply

C.A. Morgan I'm happy to read this. I hope Patreon continues to evaluate its goals as well as its investors.

October 17, 2014 00:08:13 · Reply

Andrew Trabbold I'm new to Patreon and excited to be a part of it! I too am looking for patrons (more than zero to be exact) or maybe just clicks that support me. either way, I'm excited to be part of this

October 19, 2014 00:50:12 · Reply

Studio Bandoliers I came to Patreon to raise funds for the producing of my music. If I need to give pledges to other artists and commit to a monthly amount, it will probably kill my own budget since I have no fan base to pull from. What should I do? I am not cheap, I would love to support others. But at this time I am struggling. Any advice?

October 19, 2014 03:35:03 · Reply

Joel Hunter Gun This is a really great thing, I am glad to be a part of it, and I can't wait to see how it evolves over time!

October 19, 2014 04:38:34 · Reply

Eyad bugshan Where are the rewards that will animat give me ?

October 19, 2014 12:37:53 · Reply

Mike Pugh Wish it was the same for the sporting community on YouTube, or for the video tutorial creator like myself, but I will just have to find smarter ways to convince folks to become one of my Patrons :) I love the concept here, but yeah those who don't have much subscriber base really don't apply here to much if they don't have superb artistry! I'm now forced to work on my artistry and that's the cool part, it inspire folks like myself to open up creative doors in our minds and from our hearts.

October 19, 2014 22:48:49 · Reply

DJMoonRay (Veronica) I must agree with mr. Enrique, it's hard to get Patrons when you aren't well known on other sites like DA. That's my case and I can't gget new patrons like that :( There should be something, that would make new and not well known artists vissible.

October 20, 2014 08:05:33 · Reply

Jill Haldeman Already a creator here, and I adore the platform - it is VERY real and it keeps us creators in check. Something i'm not sure other platforms do - Because it means i have to constantly show my patrons what i'm doing in order to earn.

October 20, 2014 23:36:13 · Reply

Stephanie Forbes Woohoo congratulations!

October 22, 2014 17:54:29 · Reply

Ivana Raymonda van der Veen Much Love too you all :) ♥ ♥ ♥ Ivana https://www.youtube.com/user/ivanavanderveen/

October 25, 2014 07:33:18 · Reply

Marko Zubak Exactly for that reason I started creating Shadows, but seems they still prefer the dark region :)

October 26, 2014 17:20:59 · Reply

shah http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GuAtcpFQpMw

October 29, 2014 20:35:50 · Reply

Nick You can do an eggs guide to slenderman

October 30, 2014 01:07:12 · Reply

Nick And a eggs guide to happy wheels

October 30, 2014 01:08:27 · Reply

Nick Can u make A eggs guide to slenderman

October 30, 2014 01:12:19 · Reply

Blinky Blinky Computerband Hello I am new on Patreon with my diy and non-commercial electronic music label BBCom Music. I read about Patreon some days ago and i really like the idea behind it. Yesterday i join Patreon and set up my page and now, i will post a free download song every two or three days. If i get something for it, i will make me very happy, but if i get nothing, it is also ok. For me it is more important to be a part of this great community of talented artists and nice people who shows respect to the creators! I like it! Greetings Olaf

November 1, 2014 22:47:16 · Reply

michelleaknowles@gmail.com thank you for the forum--i am way behind all of you--and am lookingng forward to showing my artwork to you but cannot as of yet-- my computer skills are backwards yet--looking forward to seeing you all-----

November 3, 2014 23:02:50 · Reply

rodney quizhpilema you are a good men

November 4, 2014 14:22:19 · Reply

Roundscape Adorevia Thank you for offering us a way to stay indie. Patreon is the best!

November 7, 2014 05:27:18 · Reply

Belinda Rose I haven't been on Patreon as long as I have been on YouTube, but I've gotten way more success on Patreon already. I love the connection I have with my fans through Patreon. It's amazing! :D

November 13, 2014 03:32:51 · Reply

Steven D. Musgrave I've just started my Patreon page but I am extremely thankful for the opportunity that this community provides.

November 13, 2014 05:46:22 · Reply

Anthony Ciofani thanks jacob an honor to be a part of somethingso great

November 17, 2014 00:09:52 · Reply

Hal Stead I have a friend who turned down a record deal in the 80's because the record company didn't like the look of his drummer. They said they would sign the band IF they got a new drummer to match the look they thought the band should have. My friend didn't fire the drummer, the deal didn't go through, and you have never heard of them even though they have great music. Patreon changes all that. The artist decides what he wants and the patrons decide if they are profitable or not. Of course, the artist now has to do his/her own marketing and doesn't have a corporate machine to do that for them. It's difficult enough as an artist/creator as it is. Having someone help with marketing and promotion let's the artist create and not have to put energy into areas other than the creativity of their art whether it be a vlog, art, article, comedy routine, or music. Art comes in many forms.

November 20, 2014 11:55:44 · Reply

Donald Kronos I'm glad this exists, and that new things like this are being tried. I wish our societies had some guarantee that nobody would ever be too broke to even look for a job, but unfortunately that's not the case, and many people fall through the cracks who could otherwise be contributing to society. This is a good step in the direction of fixing such problems. Also, some people simply deserve more for their contributions to society than they're otherwise likely to get, especially if they give away too much for free and have nothing left for themselves. I joined Patreon SPECIFICALLY to help support DarkMatter2525, what little bit I can, because the videos he makes are in my opinion such a valuable an asset to our society, and this way no one person has to feel like they are trying to make all the difference alone. Thank you.

November 20, 2014 19:47:42 · Reply

Peter Hollens I'm so excited about the future of this world for creators, and so honored to be apart of this amazing platform. Keep changing the world!!!

November 21, 2014 01:24:28 · Reply

Patrão Auto gostei

November 27, 2014 15:55:48 · Reply

Patrão Auto Uma boa ideia, para financiar informações úteis ao publico, especifoco,(Clientes, Auto Peças, Importadores, Distribuidores e Fabricantes) para os criadores de conteúdo independente. Com vários anos atuado no mercado de Auto Peças, no setor de compras e muitas viagem a Feira AutoMec etc. Vamos divulgar onde compra auto peças a preço de custo, com custa beneficiu, para todos os clientes PATRÂOAUTO.

November 27, 2014 16:05:58 · Reply

Markus Too many of these things, it's got me thinking too much

November 28, 2014 13:44:13 · Reply

John DeVandeleur Mathé You are not on the cutting edge. You ARE the cutting edge! I am proud to be a part of your patronage movement.

December 2, 2014 05:47:21 · Reply

Yutaka Li Patreon is a great revolution! Thank you for you guys, you are genius~!

December 2, 2014 16:18:44 · Reply

Robert L. Hanus Steve - You are worth more than I can ever pay. Thanks for the outstanding work. Your pod subjects never stop and are always amazing. It's to bad that I'm not 60 again! Bob-H

December 3, 2014 21:50:41 · Reply

Candilicious Cartoons Yahoo! Now I just gotta work on sharing more work!

December 5, 2014 23:13:32 · Reply

Logan files Why do you need money

December 6, 2014 12:57:23 · Reply

Miftachul Wahyudi https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_egLvED1OjSwa_qennl82g

December 8, 2014 16:27:35 · Reply

Color-1t-1n I can't wait for the request to start coming in!!! please checkout my work here before you pledge: https://www.tumblr.com/blog/color-1t-1n

December 11, 2014 15:33:00 · Reply

HelenTGray My roomate's ex-wife makes $81 hourly on the computer . She has been fired for five months but last month her check was $13166 just working on the computer for a few hours. check here... >>>>>>> http://www.swipecoins.com <<<<<<<

December 12, 2014 17:26:09 · Reply

J.S. "Jande" Rowe Although I agree very much with the sentiments here (of course I do or I wouldn't be here supporting some of my favourite artists), but is there somewhere I could locate some statistics concerning the average monthly support that independent graphic novelists receive here on Patreon?

December 13, 2014 22:52:29 · Reply

jose maria bom

December 14, 2014 17:07:35 · Reply

jose maria Awesome job everyone and thank you~

December 14, 2014 17:09:01 · Reply

ashantii889 awsome!

December 14, 2014 23:44:25 · Reply

Isaac Peterson That's AWESOME

December 16, 2014 01:09:16 · Reply

nersonangelo Patreon is becoming like a home for me and maybe other creators, where after a day of hardwork we could go home to and be sure there's sandwich and juice on the table.. ;) Thanks much Patreon.. God bless

December 19, 2014 02:34:51 · Reply

Tenebrys Hentai Flash Games Thank you so much Patreon and patrons! <3 I hope it's just a beginning! More patrons, more creators and more quality creations! :D So keep on working Patreon, with more functions and less bugs ;) Thank's again and merry Christmas my friends!

December 22, 2014 08:05:50 · Reply

Dorky Filmer23 I just joined patron and I heard it helps out people who make YouTube videos and things like that. But how do u donate to other people???

December 28, 2014 16:54:27 · Reply

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