James Masterton is creating Chart Watch UK
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patrons

Hello, I'm James Masterton.

For over 25 years I've been studying and writing about the UK Music Charts, composing a weekly column which has been avidly consumed by thousands of music fans across the globe. This weekly column has been hosted by some of the biggest entertainment sites of their era, but now features exclusively on my own Chart Watch UK site.

To make the site even more of a worthwhile visit I spent a year uploading the entire back archive of columns. It is a vast resource of over 1300 weekly updates and I believe this makes it one of the richest content resources of its kind around.

I do this because I care about the subject matter and believe it is my way of contributing to the sum of human knowledge the internet contains. But it all takes time to write and research each week. Once upon a time, I was paid a fee for each column. Not a huge amount, but enough to recognise the professional service I was supplying and to make the time spent worthwhile. The days of music-based websites paying outside contributors are long gone, however, and so the time costs and indeed the physical ones of hosting the site all come out of my own pocket.

That's why I'm now asking for your help and support. Unlike some Patreon creators, I'm not asking you to fund my lifestyle or help make this a full-time job. I just want to be able to ensure the continuing availability and development of the Chart Watch UK site and continue to make it a worthwhile exercise.

Your pledge does not have to be a huge amount, just a few pounds a month is all it will take. Every little bit will be appreciated. I will give something back in return. If enough pledges are received I will launch a regular midweek email newsletter to supplement the weekly chart pieces. I'll also be able to make the time to properly finish the next in the series of Chart Watch books, and indeed all Silver Tier supporters will receive a free printed copy of the next Top 40 book sent directly to your door.

Whatever you feel able to pledge, know that it is more than appreciated. And I hope to reward everyone with more insight and better coverage of the subject in which we all have a shared interest - the Official UK Charts.
Tiers
Supporter
$5 or more per month
Donate the price of a coffee or two each month and be listed as one of the site supporters on the About page, along with a link to anything (website, social media profile etc) of your choice. All new supporters will also receive a namecheck in the text of the first two columns published after you begin.
Silver Supporter
$20 or more per month
Pledge the price of lunch each month. See your name on the list of supporters, as above. Plus your name or logo (along with a link) will appear in rotation with two other supporters at the bottom of each article published in the current calendar year (never fewer than 12 articles in the recent history). All supporters will receive a free printed copy of the next Top 40 book upon publication (within the next couple of months).
Gold
$50 or more per month
Become a primary sponsor of the Chart Watch UK site. Have your name, logo, and a link of your choice, feature prominently at the top of every single Chart Watch article - both current and in the archives. Be seen by every one of the average 10,000+ pageviews a month that the site enjoys. Plus receive a free book, as above. To guarantee visibility, this tier is restricted to three supporters at any one time.
Goals
8 of 50 patrons
I will create a regular midweek email newsletter to supplement the weekly columns. Featuring insider gossip on the latest midweek chart updates, chart news from around the world and links to the latest music gossip. All in one entertaining package.
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Hello, I'm James Masterton.

For over 25 years I've been studying and writing about the UK Music Charts, composing a weekly column which has been avidly consumed by thousands of music fans across the globe. This weekly column has been hosted by some of the biggest entertainment sites of their era, but now features exclusively on my own Chart Watch UK site.

To make the site even more of a worthwhile visit I spent a year uploading the entire back archive of columns. It is a vast resource of over 1300 weekly updates and I believe this makes it one of the richest content resources of its kind around.

I do this because I care about the subject matter and believe it is my way of contributing to the sum of human knowledge the internet contains. But it all takes time to write and research each week. Once upon a time, I was paid a fee for each column. Not a huge amount, but enough to recognise the professional service I was supplying and to make the time spent worthwhile. The days of music-based websites paying outside contributors are long gone, however, and so the time costs and indeed the physical ones of hosting the site all come out of my own pocket.

That's why I'm now asking for your help and support. Unlike some Patreon creators, I'm not asking you to fund my lifestyle or help make this a full-time job. I just want to be able to ensure the continuing availability and development of the Chart Watch UK site and continue to make it a worthwhile exercise.

Your pledge does not have to be a huge amount, just a few pounds a month is all it will take. Every little bit will be appreciated. I will give something back in return. If enough pledges are received I will launch a regular midweek email newsletter to supplement the weekly chart pieces. I'll also be able to make the time to properly finish the next in the series of Chart Watch books, and indeed all Silver Tier supporters will receive a free printed copy of the next Top 40 book sent directly to your door.

Whatever you feel able to pledge, know that it is more than appreciated. And I hope to reward everyone with more insight and better coverage of the subject in which we all have a shared interest - the Official UK Charts.

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Tiers
Supporter
$5 or more per month
Donate the price of a coffee or two each month and be listed as one of the site supporters on the About page, along with a link to anything (website, social media profile etc) of your choice. All new supporters will also receive a namecheck in the text of the first two columns published after you begin.
Silver Supporter
$20 or more per month
Pledge the price of lunch each month. See your name on the list of supporters, as above. Plus your name or logo (along with a link) will appear in rotation with two other supporters at the bottom of each article published in the current calendar year (never fewer than 12 articles in the recent history). All supporters will receive a free printed copy of the next Top 40 book upon publication (within the next couple of months).
Gold
$50 or more per month
Become a primary sponsor of the Chart Watch UK site. Have your name, logo, and a link of your choice, feature prominently at the top of every single Chart Watch article - both current and in the archives. Be seen by every one of the average 10,000+ pageviews a month that the site enjoys. Plus receive a free book, as above. To guarantee visibility, this tier is restricted to three supporters at any one time.