BettySoo is creating Music, Videos, Creative Thingamabobs
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patrons

What is this? Who are you?
Hi, I’m BettySoo. I released my first album in 2005. Around 2007, I quit my day job to focus on writing songs and touring full-time. I was fortunate enough to be able to make a living, so I kept at it, and I kept at it, and I kept at it. For the past decade or so, I’ve been touring pretty much non-stop, and like a lot of full-time musicians, I’ve been away from my home town more than I’ve been in it.

It’s awesome making a living doing what you love. I love being on stage, being an entertainer, meeting new people, writing songs, writing harmonies and backing arrangements, and playing as a sideman — and I’m good at that stuff. I’m less good at actually planning and executing marketing/business strategies required to launch new records out there into the world (which you probably know if you’re already a fan of my music).

Enter: Patreon! If you love the music and stuff I make (I also record audiobooks, design jewelry and cards, and have other creative pursuits), and you’re into the idea of there being more of it for you to enjoy, Patreon is a great way to keep that production chain going.

Why Patreon? Can’t I just buy your next album?
We all know every job has its special bonuses and massive drags. Like years ago, when I worked at a parking garage: I could read all day in that little booth. That was a major bonus. I was actually caught up on the New Yorker all the time. Can you imagine?? Unfortunately, the booth smelled…um…far less than ideal. That was a huge bummer.

While I love touring — and especially collaborating as a sideman on tour with other artists — I’d be lying if I said being gone all the time didn’t damage several key relationships in my life. Also, being on the road all the time means I haven’t had enough margin in my life to release albums, much less explore the other creative passions I miss.

So, yes. What I AM good at is writing and recording music regularly, but like I said, I’m not so great at actually releasing whole records regularly. In fact, there are a lot of finished music recordings I’d love for you to hear. In the big scheme of things, it’s less important that this music go out and win awards or get a lot of press or make me folk-famous. It’s more important that the people who’ve loved this music for a long time (or who have just discovered it) are able to get ahold of it.

With Patreon, all that interruptive stuff is gone. Instead of your money going to CD manufacturers and bubble wrap packaging companies, you have the ability to directly support ongoing creative work.

Okay, I’m listening. How will this work?
As a patron, you set how much you contribute per song/video/thing.
  • For example, maybe you’d like to pay $10 per thing, but you don’t want to spend more than $30 per month. You can set a monthly cap at $30, so if I decide to upload 4 or more items that month, you’re not stuck with a bigger bill than you’d expected. 
  • If you know you want to give exactly $50 per month, sign up at the $50 per thing level with a $50 monthly cap (that way you get extra goodies!). 
  • I plan to release 2 things per month, on average. 

No matter what you contribute, you’ll have total access to everything released on this page. The whole point of this is to let everyone who wants to take part in supporting the creative work have access to what I’m putting out there. As soon as something is ready to distribute, you’ll get it first. Some of it may go on to live in the world (e.g. as part of a future album, etc.), but a lot of it will probably only ever exist on this page and on your computer.

Why charge per thing instead of a flat monthly rate?
It doesn't take an earthquake to distract me. I want the accountability of needing to send you cool stuff as regularly as you send your support. This way, if I upload nothing, you are charged nothing. 

If you have the desire or ability to be extra generous, you should know I have the ability to be extra responsive. For example, if you want to send $10 per creative treasure, I’ll list you in the credits of every video I upload here during your membership. Or if you contribute $150 per song/awesome goodie/thingamabob, you can arrange to have a house concert by me, PLUS a custom event t-shirt for 20 lucky guests! You can read all about these and more on the side of the page.

In short, I will be depending upon you, as ever. I am so thankful to have been making music and pursuing a creative life for this long, and I’m very grateful so many people have wanted to take the journey together. Let’s seal the deal. Click the big orange button at the top of the page to become a Patron of BS!  (BettySoo)

Tiers
I ❤️ BS
$3 or more per creative thingamabob
You get everything. 

All the content I upload here. 

Every. Single. Thing. 


  • Each month, I plan to upload a fully-produced recording of a previously unreleased song - you'll get at least one per month and possibly more. 
  • Other things you can expect to see: a video of me performing a requested cover, a drawing, occasionally a diary/blog post, and the occasional chat opportunity. 
  • If I'm inspired, who knows what I'll send your way?!
I 💘 BS more
$5 or more per creative thingamabob
  • You also get everything.
  • But maybe you love BS a little more.
Tell 'em I 💕 BS
$10 or more per creative thingamabob
  • You also get everything.
  • But you also get a video credit for you (or in honor of a loved one) for every video I upload here while your membership is current.
I 💞 sounding like BS
$25 or more per creative thingamabob
  • You get everything listed above
  • PLUS, get a lead sheet (lyrics + chords) for every original BS song I post here (delivered electronically)
I 💜 BS and Books
$50 or more per creative thingamabob
  • You get everything listed above
  • PLUS, every six months, get a voucher for an audiobook narrated by me!


It may be recorded under another name, but believe me: it's me.

I 💗 seeing BS
$100 or more per creative thingamabob
  • You get everything listed above
  • PLUS, get 2 spots on the guest list to any show BettySoo is headlining.
  • These spots are transferrable! Yes, this means you can send two friends to a show when you can't make it!


Opening spots and festivals are not included, and 48 hr minimum advance notice is required.

💘 BRING BS TO ME! 💘
$150 or more per creative thingamabob
  • You get everything listed above
  • PLUS, get a concert performed by BS in your home! 
  • PLUS, get a custom event t-shirt for 20 lucky guests at the house concert!


Concerts must be scheduled and confirmed during the year of patronage for a future date. A member cannot "save up" or "rollover" house concert credits (basically, I can't ever owe more than 1 house concert to anyone at any given time). The concert must either work with existing routing, or travel will be provided by the patron. T-shirt sizes must be worked out in advance, or you get a nice random assortment of sizes. 

BS 💚 ME
$300 or more per creative thingamabob
  • You get everything listed above
  • PLUS, your name listed as Executive Producer in the credits of the next BettySoo album, after 1 year of membership. 


Basically, when you give at this level, you change the calculus for a lot of decisions in my life. As discussed, there are a lot of things I don't enjoy -- and am not very good at -- but spend a lot of time doing because them's the breaks. With a patron or two at this level, I can hire a good chunk of that out. I can then focus on the stuff I'm good at, like producing creative stuff for you to enjoy. Heck, at this level, I'd probably let you talk me into personally committing the pay-it-forward act of your choice.

Goals
16 of 25 patrons
When we reach 25 patrons, I'll record an acoustic demo of a song from my back catalog. You get to choose the song. Once we hit the goal, we'll get together right here to choose which song I should record. I'll also give a shout-out to each of my first 25 patrons at the end of the demo!
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What is this? Who are you?
Hi, I’m BettySoo. I released my first album in 2005. Around 2007, I quit my day job to focus on writing songs and touring full-time. I was fortunate enough to be able to make a living, so I kept at it, and I kept at it, and I kept at it. For the past decade or so, I’ve been touring pretty much non-stop, and like a lot of full-time musicians, I’ve been away from my home town more than I’ve been in it.

It’s awesome making a living doing what you love. I love being on stage, being an entertainer, meeting new people, writing songs, writing harmonies and backing arrangements, and playing as a sideman — and I’m good at that stuff. I’m less good at actually planning and executing marketing/business strategies required to launch new records out there into the world (which you probably know if you’re already a fan of my music).

Enter: Patreon! If you love the music and stuff I make (I also record audiobooks, design jewelry and cards, and have other creative pursuits), and you’re into the idea of there being more of it for you to enjoy, Patreon is a great way to keep that production chain going.

Why Patreon? Can’t I just buy your next album?
We all know every job has its special bonuses and massive drags. Like years ago, when I worked at a parking garage: I could read all day in that little booth. That was a major bonus. I was actually caught up on the New Yorker all the time. Can you imagine?? Unfortunately, the booth smelled…um…far less than ideal. That was a huge bummer.

While I love touring — and especially collaborating as a sideman on tour with other artists — I’d be lying if I said being gone all the time didn’t damage several key relationships in my life. Also, being on the road all the time means I haven’t had enough margin in my life to release albums, much less explore the other creative passions I miss.

So, yes. What I AM good at is writing and recording music regularly, but like I said, I’m not so great at actually releasing whole records regularly. In fact, there are a lot of finished music recordings I’d love for you to hear. In the big scheme of things, it’s less important that this music go out and win awards or get a lot of press or make me folk-famous. It’s more important that the people who’ve loved this music for a long time (or who have just discovered it) are able to get ahold of it.

With Patreon, all that interruptive stuff is gone. Instead of your money going to CD manufacturers and bubble wrap packaging companies, you have the ability to directly support ongoing creative work.

Okay, I’m listening. How will this work?
As a patron, you set how much you contribute per song/video/thing.
  • For example, maybe you’d like to pay $10 per thing, but you don’t want to spend more than $30 per month. You can set a monthly cap at $30, so if I decide to upload 4 or more items that month, you’re not stuck with a bigger bill than you’d expected. 
  • If you know you want to give exactly $50 per month, sign up at the $50 per thing level with a $50 monthly cap (that way you get extra goodies!). 
  • I plan to release 2 things per month, on average. 

No matter what you contribute, you’ll have total access to everything released on this page. The whole point of this is to let everyone who wants to take part in supporting the creative work have access to what I’m putting out there. As soon as something is ready to distribute, you’ll get it first. Some of it may go on to live in the world (e.g. as part of a future album, etc.), but a lot of it will probably only ever exist on this page and on your computer.

Why charge per thing instead of a flat monthly rate?
It doesn't take an earthquake to distract me. I want the accountability of needing to send you cool stuff as regularly as you send your support. This way, if I upload nothing, you are charged nothing. 

If you have the desire or ability to be extra generous, you should know I have the ability to be extra responsive. For example, if you want to send $10 per creative treasure, I’ll list you in the credits of every video I upload here during your membership. Or if you contribute $150 per song/awesome goodie/thingamabob, you can arrange to have a house concert by me, PLUS a custom event t-shirt for 20 lucky guests! You can read all about these and more on the side of the page.

In short, I will be depending upon you, as ever. I am so thankful to have been making music and pursuing a creative life for this long, and I’m very grateful so many people have wanted to take the journey together. Let’s seal the deal. Click the big orange button at the top of the page to become a Patron of BS!  (BettySoo)

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Tiers
I ❤️ BS
$3 or more per creative thingamabob
You get everything. 

All the content I upload here. 

Every. Single. Thing. 


  • Each month, I plan to upload a fully-produced recording of a previously unreleased song - you'll get at least one per month and possibly more. 
  • Other things you can expect to see: a video of me performing a requested cover, a drawing, occasionally a diary/blog post, and the occasional chat opportunity. 
  • If I'm inspired, who knows what I'll send your way?!
I 💘 BS more
$5 or more per creative thingamabob
  • You also get everything.
  • But maybe you love BS a little more.
Tell 'em I 💕 BS
$10 or more per creative thingamabob
  • You also get everything.
  • But you also get a video credit for you (or in honor of a loved one) for every video I upload here while your membership is current.
I 💞 sounding like BS
$25 or more per creative thingamabob
  • You get everything listed above
  • PLUS, get a lead sheet (lyrics + chords) for every original BS song I post here (delivered electronically)
I 💜 BS and Books
$50 or more per creative thingamabob
  • You get everything listed above
  • PLUS, every six months, get a voucher for an audiobook narrated by me!


It may be recorded under another name, but believe me: it's me.

I 💗 seeing BS
$100 or more per creative thingamabob
  • You get everything listed above
  • PLUS, get 2 spots on the guest list to any show BettySoo is headlining.
  • These spots are transferrable! Yes, this means you can send two friends to a show when you can't make it!


Opening spots and festivals are not included, and 48 hr minimum advance notice is required.

💘 BRING BS TO ME! 💘
$150 or more per creative thingamabob
  • You get everything listed above
  • PLUS, get a concert performed by BS in your home! 
  • PLUS, get a custom event t-shirt for 20 lucky guests at the house concert!


Concerts must be scheduled and confirmed during the year of patronage for a future date. A member cannot "save up" or "rollover" house concert credits (basically, I can't ever owe more than 1 house concert to anyone at any given time). The concert must either work with existing routing, or travel will be provided by the patron. T-shirt sizes must be worked out in advance, or you get a nice random assortment of sizes. 

BS 💚 ME
$300 or more per creative thingamabob
  • You get everything listed above
  • PLUS, your name listed as Executive Producer in the credits of the next BettySoo album, after 1 year of membership. 


Basically, when you give at this level, you change the calculus for a lot of decisions in my life. As discussed, there are a lot of things I don't enjoy -- and am not very good at -- but spend a lot of time doing because them's the breaks. With a patron or two at this level, I can hire a good chunk of that out. I can then focus on the stuff I'm good at, like producing creative stuff for you to enjoy. Heck, at this level, I'd probably let you talk me into personally committing the pay-it-forward act of your choice.