Justin Thiele

is creating the Concert Archives website

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Bronze Patron
$2
per month
  • A bronze "patron star" on your Concert Archives profile
  • Be mentioned as a Bronze Patron on the Users page and Credits page
  • Read behind the scenes posts about new updates and upcoming features
  • Early access to new features
Silver Patron
$9
per month
  • A silver "patron star" on your Concert Archives profile
  • Be mentioned as a Silver Patron on the Users page and Credits page
  • Read behind the scenes posts about new updates and upcoming features
  • Early access to new features
  • Priority support
  • Remove all ads from the website
  • 2 Concert Archives stickers mailed to you (design coming soon)


Gold Patron
$19
per month
  • A gold "patron star" on your Concert Archives profile
  • Be mentioned as a Gold Patron on the Users page and Credits page
  • Read behind the scenes posts about new updates and upcoming features
  • Early access to new features
  • Priority support
  • Remove all ads from the website
  • 2 Concert Archives stickers mailed to you
  • Extra emphasis given to your ideas and feedback
  • Concert Archives t-shirt mailed to you (eligible after 2 months of patronage (3 months if you're outside the U.S.))
  • Get your profile featured on the homepage for 1 month (example coming soon)

97

patrons

$276

per month

About

Hey there! I'm Justin Thiele, the creator of  Concert Archives. As many of you know, Concert Archives is a personal labor of love for me. I originally started building the site in November of 2013 as a way to catalog all of the concerts I attended and as an attempt to coax my friends into uploading their photos from the shows :)

Now, several years later, some things have changed but a lot remain the same:

What’s Changed?

  1. The biggest thing that has changed is how big the site has gotten! When I launched it, the only users were me and a couple of friends. Now there are thousands of users building their own concert histories, sharing their amazing stories, and posting photos from hundreds of thousands of concerts. And Google keeps sending a bunch of new visitors everyday.
  2. Another thing that's changed has been pretty gradual. My vision for the site has broadened in some ways. I now look at it as a mix between Discogs.com and a social network but for concerts. Users create their own concert histories (like record collections on Discogs) and all of us together create a comprehensive tour history and library of concert photos/videos for artists (like album discographies on Discogs). All while sharing our concert experiences & plans with our friends.
  3. I finally have some help! For the first 5 years of the site, I was an army-of-one working on Concert Archives. I did all of the website development, design, and maintenance, support, etc. Now thanks to you Patrons and the ad revenue, I'm able to have a couple of part-time contractors help out a few hours per week. I still work on pretty much everything but now I don't have to shoulder the entire load.

What’s The Same?

I still have the same passion for the concert experience and believe that concerts should live on long after the house lights come back up. Concerts are the rawest expression of music and the communal experience can't be recreated on albums or in videos.

State of the Union

When I originally wrote this Patreon page back in April of 2018, I talked a lot about the 'Ups & Downs' of running the site. To be honest, it was pretty depressing. I was pretty burned out on doing everything myself and paying hundreds of dollars out of my own pocket for server costs every month for several years.

I'm happy to say that things are much brighter now! Since then, the Patreon donations have grown to cover the server expenses each month. And the advertising revenue has grown to be able to pay for my part-time helpers. I have other businesses for my personal income, so I'm able to reinvest all of the Concert Archives income back into the site. I can honestly say that Concert Archives has never been stronger or more exciting :)

Why Patreon?

The purpose for creating a Patreon campaign for Concert Archives is twofold:
  1. As I mentioned all of the money that comes in from Concert Archives goes towards making the site better. By becoming a Patron you can have a huge impact on where it goes and how awesome it can be.
  2. As the user base has grown, I've wanted a way to better connect with the users (that's you guys!). Many of you have sent me emails telling me how much you love Concert Archives! These make my day every time :) I've been wanting a way to keep an open dialog and get to know you all better. And Patreon can facilitate that.

Anyway, I'd love it if you would become a patron, but no hard feelings if not.

Thanks for everything so far!


Justin Thiele
[email protected]

Rewards Info!

I kind of saved the best for last, so congrats if you made it all the way down here! Here is more info about the patron rewards:
  • Patron Badges & Site Credits: Patrons of all levels will get a badge on their Concert Archives profile and be listed on the Users and Credits pages, so everybody knows that you are part of the cool kids club :) [all Patron levels]
  • Early Access to New Features: I've got some big things in the works for Concert Archives and I'll be rolling them out to patrons-only at first. [all Patron levels]
  • Behind the Scenes Updates: As I'm thinking about and making changes I'll be letting the patrons know and soliciting your feedback. You'll be in the loop and get a chance to influence the site. [all Patron levels]
  • Patron of the Month: Each month one lucky patron will get to have their profile featured on the homepage for a month (with extra space to give a shout out to your favorite concerts). [all Patron levels]
  • Ad-Free Website: Banner ads are pretty annoying. Silver Patrons and above won't be annoyed anymore though :) [Silver Patrons and above]
  • Priority Support: Maybe you need some duplicates merged or something isn't working quite right. Silver Patrons and above move to the top of the Support Request queue. [Silver Patrons and above]
  • Patron-Only Stickers: Silver Patrons and above can make their friends jelly with exclusive patron-only stickers. [Silver Patrons and above]



  • Extra Emphasis on your Ideas & Feedback: Have you ever wanted to hire your own lobbyist? That's what Gold Patrons get. I give your ideas and feedback extra time and consideration. [Gold Patrons and above]
  • Patron-Only T-shirt: While stickers are great, they are kind of hard to show off. Gold Patrons can solve this by adding a Concert Archives t-shirt into their weekly wardrobe rotation. [Gold Patrons and above] More info here

By becoming a patron, you'll instantly unlock access to 36 exclusive posts
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Images
4
Polls
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Writings
2
Videos
By becoming a patron, you'll instantly unlock access to 36 exclusive posts
8
Images
4
Polls
22
Writings
2
Videos

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