Alice Howe

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Joy Ride

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$5
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We're cruising around town, and you're putting gas in my car, coffee in my cup, or a snack in the picnic basket. I am so happy to have you along for the ride. This tier includes:
  • All of Alice's exclusive Patreon posts, which may include new song demos, exclusive videos featuring originals and cover songs, essays and letters, Song Stories about the songwriting process, and more.
  • + Access to Patron-only livestreamed concerts where Alice will share old favorites as well as new material, covers, full album shows, etc.
  • All posts are archived for your future enjoyment 
  • 1-2 exclusive Patreon posts per month
  • Access to private Patreon community
  • Access to Patron-only live-streaming concerts
  • Complete post archive

Day Trip

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$10
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We're heading out of town. It's a day at the beach, a hay ride, a sunset hike, you name it. At this level, you will receive:
  • Access to everything included in previous tier
  • + Surprises in your mailbox! This is the tier where I start sending physical items for you to hold in your hands. I'll mail you something at least once a year. It could be a handwritten lyric sheet, a drawing, a special piece of merch, or, if I make a recording in that calendar year that has a hard copy version, I will send you one!
  • 1-2 exclusive Patreon posts per month
  • Access to private Patreon community
  • Access to Patron-only live-streaming concerts
  • A yearly physical item in your mailbox
  • Complete post archive

Cross Country

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$25
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We're going the distance, East to West, all 3000 miles from Boston to Los Angeles and back again. Open road as far as the eye can see! The Cross Country tier includes:
  • Access to everything in previous tiers
  • + We'll have an annual group video call with Alice to talk about music, life, anything we want
  • 1-2 exclusive Patreon posts per month
  • Access to private Patreon community
  • Access to Patron-only live-streaming concerts
  • A yearly physical item in your mailbox
  • Annual group video hang-out
  • Complete post archive

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About Alice Howe

Hello friends,

My name is Alice. Whether we have met in real life or have yet to meet, welcome. Thank you joining me here, in this virtual "room" of sorts, a spot that I'm staking out as my little corner of the Internet. It's one more place where I'll plant the seeds of my creativity, and, with your help, we will water them, give them a little light, and coax them to grow.

I am here (on Patreon, but if we're being honest, on this Earth in general) because I am a singer, songwriter, and recording artist. I create things. Words, melodies, songs, stories, ideas, bits and pieces of art in its many forms. You are here because you like what I create. You come to my live shows, you buy my records, you stream my music online, and maybe you follow me on social media and read my newsletters. In many ways, you are already invested in my work as a creator. Now, I propose we try something a little different. I am inviting you behind the scenes, bringing you "backstage," so to speak, and in return I ask that you commit a monthly dollar figure to support me in my work. That amount is as much as you can afford, or as little as a cup of coffee, however you look at it. Think of it like a special club. Instead of waiting months and years for finished full-length albums, I will share my unfinished work, back stories, musings, and little moments of brilliance that make up my creative world. While the global pandemic and the accompanying cancellation or postponement of all live dates for the foreseeable future has pushed me to do this, the truth is I've been looking for a space like this for some time. Something a little more intimate than social media, a little more interactive than my newsletter. I had a glimpse of it when I did my Kickstarter campaign for my album Visions. A space where I can share freely, giving something special to the people who believe passionately in what I do. This is that space.

Patron. Patronage. Patreon.

At Smith College, I majored in Medieval European history (this is not a joke). Of all the amazing primary sources I read during my undergraduate studies, one of my all-time favorites was a book called The Treasure of the City of Ladies by Christine de Pizan (1364-1430). Stay with me, now. Christine is considered the first professional female author in Europe! She actually supported herself as a writer. How could this be? Because Christine had patrons. The wealthy princes and nobles who valued her work provided her with the financial support that she needed in order to write the ballads, stories, and poems that they loved. Patronage is a timeless model. It's an arrangement that benefits everyone, creator and audience alike. 


(That's me on the left, and you all on the right. We're all wearing excellent hats.)

For the past four years I've had my nose to the proverbial grindstone, following what I believe is my calling in this life and working hard to get my music out into the world. My income as an independent artist depends on a few things: touring and playing live shows, selling music and merch (on the road or online), and a few precious dollars here and there from online streaming. At this point in my career, most of the money I make goes back into my art. The structure of the music business has changed dramatically in the last decade. You can access all the music in the world for under $10 per month, which is pretty incredible (I do it, too), but it has gutted the income that artists like me make from recorded music. These days, you don't need a major record contract to make a go of it as an indie artist, which means I get to keep creative control and I don't become forever indebted to the corporate giants, however it means that I have to ask my fans (that's you!) for help in funding my creative projects. And let's face it, the circumstances of the past two months and the onset of COVID-19 have completely upended my business. Under normal circumstances, I would be out on the road more than half the time, bringing my music to the local club in your town. You would buy a ticket, and after the show, you might purchase a couple of CDs, maybe a vinyl record or a t-shirt. But hey, we artists are nothing if not creative and adaptable. I figure we're in this together. I still want [need] to create, you still want to experience creation. We are adapting to the new normal and finding our way together.

So, how does it work? 

You pick the amount that you can give, and in return you receive exclusive access to the content that I post on Patreon. Exclusive content will include such delights as:
  • Demos of new, unreleased original songs
  • Live recordings 
  • Videos (from live shows, homemade)
  • Patreon-only live streaming concerts and Zoom hangs
  • "Song Stories" (a window into my songwriting process)
  • Writings (prose, poems, anything that comes to mind)
  • Photos (behind the scenes from recording, tour, et cetera)
  • And more...who knows!
I've also added a few little bonus items on the higher-priced tiers, because if you can really commit to those dollar amounts, I want to show you my appreciation with some more personal attention. There are a lot of ways to do this. Some artists get really specific with exactly what they plan to post, others keep it more open-ended. I'll be honest: I'm new to this platform, and I don't have a highly detailed grand plan for my Patreon. I just want to create a space for my creations. I want to give you an opportunity to be a part of my journey on a consistent, life-affirming, sustaining level. I think it's something we can both enjoy. 

THANK YOU!

Love, 
Alice
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By becoming a patron, you'll instantly unlock access to 12 exclusive posts
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Audio releases
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2
Links
4
Videos

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