Cruz Contreras

is creating new music, live performances, art and collaborations

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  • Your membership provides general support to Cruz
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  • Ability to commission special requests directly from Cruz, mailed to you (handwritten lyrics, signed set lists, etc)

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  • In addition to the benefits on the previous tier, as an Rockin' Patron, you'll receive access to any livestreams that Cruz hosts exclusively for patrons. 

Cover Lover

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  • Everything from the previous 2 tiers plus:
  • Once a month, I’ll perform a cover song, on video, just for subscribers at this level. And sometimes you'll even get to help me choose which song! 

About Cruz Contreras

Howdy friends!

It's been ten years since the first Black Lillies record was recorded in my living room in North Knoxville. I never could have imagined at that time where and how this journey would unfold. Five records later, over a thousand shows played, thousands of people met and friendships made, I find myself reflecting upon a mind blowing musical journey with my band family that has, while continually evolving, remained one of the most important constants in my life.

And now, I’m embarking on a new journey: the release of my first solo album, and all of the touring and building of a fan base that comes with launching a new project. 

THE CHALLENGE:

The music industry has changed drastically in that ten years - both in challenging ways and exciting new ones! When I first started making records, most fans and listeners, like myself, had to purchase a recording to listen to new music. With streaming platforms the norm today, a new fan is likely to listen to music through a service like Spotify or Apple Music, both of which I subscribe to. While it's thrilling to be able to give people so much easy access to your music, it's also frightening to realize that you'll earn a fraction of a penny every time someone plays the song that STILL costs you thousands to record, master, produce, and distribute.

The reality is that in order to make a living these days, independent musicians end up spending most of our lives on the road playing shows. The very profession we love and are trying to maintain can easily become unsustainable and ultimately less productive. So how do we find the time and energy to write and create new music, and collaborate and continue a healthy touring schedule?

THE SOLUTION:

The concept of a Patreon page has never made so much sense as it does now. The ability to connect and communicate directly with fans is first and foremost. But Patreon also gives artists a fighting chance to make a living without sacrificing a life. Touring is wonderful, but it also consumes everything. And as we’ve seen lately, there are challenges beyond our control that can result in festivals, shows, and even entire tours being canceled due to natural disasters, global pandemics, and other factors beyond our control. So it is important that artists be able to diversify income streams. Otherwise, there’s just no way to survive as a working musician.

From writing to arranging, to recording and artwork, to making videos and broadcasting live performances, Patreon allows artists to be their most productive, creative, prolific and accessible selves. Finding that balance between touring and road life and home life and intensive creative time. This is incredibly exciting, as it's really an artists' dream.

WHAT IS PATREON?

If you're not already familiar with Patreon, I think you're going to like it! (You can check out a little primer on it right here.)

It's a platform that allows artists and their fans to connect directly - to give you a behind-the-scenes look at what we are doing, and to provide you with new music that may never be released to the public. You'll get to hear the songs that make it onto my albums long before anyone else does, but you'll also get to hear the tons of material that doesn't make it.

(Sometimes my very favorites get cut from albums because they don't flow with the rest of the material - on Patreon, that no longer matters!)

I’ll give you access to things like pre-sales for bigger shows, and there are opportunities to do things like be an extra in a music video or to receive special gifts. Plus, you'll be part of a community of like-minded fans and friends, with your own space to chat with one another. 

IT'S A FAN CLUB / COMMUNITY THAT GIVES YOU DIRECT ACCESS.

Think of Patreon as a Fan Club that gives you direct access. I’ve structured it so that there's a flat monthly "membership fee" for participants. Best of all, you get to choose the level of support you'd like to give, and you'll have the knowledge that every dollar you put toward a membership here directly supports my ability to create music and art, and helps me to navigate making a living in this continually changing music industry. Memberships start for as little as $5 per month.

If you have questions, see things that aren't working, or if there are membership benefits you want to request - just let me know.

THANK YOU.

It's been a wild ride these past ten years, and I'm so grateful you've been right there with me! With your support, I’m looking forward to many more years to come. 

With gratitude,
Cruz

By becoming a patron, you'll instantly unlock access to 145 exclusive posts
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Audio releases
80
Images
15
Links
4
Livestreams
2
Polls
15
Writings
63
Videos
By becoming a patron, you'll instantly unlock access to 145 exclusive posts
8
Audio releases
80
Images
15
Links
4
Livestreams
2
Polls
15
Writings
63
Videos

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