Dayna Kurtz is creating original music, nugget covers, essays and more
92

patrons

$500
per month
Patreon final

“This will be our reply to violence:
to make music more intensely,
more beautifully,
more devotedly than ever before.”
 - Leonard Bernstein


Hello, and thank you for visiting. I’m Dayna Kurtz and I’ve been a touring musician and writer for more than 25 years. Some of you have been riding shotgun with me for such a long time that I’ve actually become friends (or at least friendly, online) with many of you.  The kindest of you have told me privately that you’d pay for my Facebook posts alone, and that I really should set up some kind of tip jar to keep my little boat afloat. Well, here it is - thank you for nudging me.

I’d love to make songs and essays and other art I haven't even thought of making yet for you. The community we've created means everything to me these days.  America is scary as hell right now, and us being connected all over the world via social media has been so very important to me.  But I’d like to have a slightly more private platform whose algorithms are not designed for exploitation (as Facebook is) with which to connect with you, and brainstorm. And mostly, I'm here to create. I have a lot of big dreams lately:  I want to collaborate with dancers and actors and film makers and other kinds of cross pollination, I want to make more videos, write the songs for a musical, write poetry, start a memoir, I want to keep writing about sex and politics and hope and despair and love, but with more care than a Facebook post. I want to be creatively braver– less perfectionistic. This is the place I can share a song I finished or learned 10 minutes before that I’m not sure works or not yet. This thought was terrifying to me 3 years ago when I first heard about Patreon and now it’s downright exciting.  I'm not sure what happened there - the death of my mother or american democracy or my own achingly slow acceptance of all new technologies and music business paradigms - but I'm rather looking forward to this ride.    

If you become a patron subscriber at any level, you'll get access to road stories, journal entries, private concerts, and longer versions of some pieces started on Facebook. I promise at least 2 exclusive posts per month, with more that is open to the public to draw them here.  I’ll also count on you to tell me, if you'd like, when you think something incubated here deserves wider audience. The donations level is set low because I don't want to be elitist about who can be involved in this community- if all you can afford is a dollar or two a month, but you still want to be on board and support, that's huge, and that's plenty. If you can afford more, that would be fantastic- the more I can be directly funded by fans, the more exciting things I can do. I know I can't do it without you. Thank you.

Tiers
Dearly Beloved
$1 or more per month 38 patrons
patrons at this level receive 

- access to all members only posts, videos and private shows

-my eternal appreciation

We Are Gathered Here Today
$5 or more per month 28 patrons
patrons at this level receive 

 -early access to finished records (before crowdfunding donors)

- access to all members only posts,  videos and private shows

-my eternal appreciation

To Get Through
$10 or more per month 16 patrons
patrons at this level receive 

-a video recorded message of me singing happy birthday for you

 -early access to finished records (before crowdfunding donors)

- access to all members only posts,  videos and private shows

-my eternal appreciation

This Thing Called Life
$25 or more per month 7 patrons
patrons at this level receive 

-a thank you on the liner notes of every record 

-a video recorded message of me singing happy birthday for you

 -early access to finished records (before crowdfunding donors)

- access to all members only posts,  videos and private shows

-my eternal appreciation

Let's Go Crazy
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
patrons at this level receive

-an original piece of decoupaged art made from my own actual lyrics of songs as they were being written, including crossouts and unused bits.  i have reams of them in journals, as it takes me forever to write.   

-a thank you on the liner notes of every record 

-a video recorded message of me singing happy birthday for you

 -early access to finished records (before crowdfunding donors)

- access to all members only posts,  videos and private shows

-my eternal appreciation

When Doves Cry
$250 or more per month 0 patrons
patrons at this level receive

-I will absolutely cry.  After that - man - name it, what do you want?
gumbo?  a private concert just for you? DNA?  anything.  you are ROYALTY to me.

-an original piece of decoupaged art made from my own actual lyrics of songs as they were being written, including crossouts and unused bits.  i have reams of them in journals, as it takes me forever to write.   

-a thank you on the liner notes of every record 

-a video recorded message of me singing happy birthday for you

 -early access to finished records (before crowdfunding donors)

- access to all members only posts,  videos and private shows

-my eternal appreciation

Goals
$500 of $2,000 per month
when i reach this goal i will officially consider y'all my boss, and do your bidding - i'll set up a list of essays you wanna see me writing and videos you'd love to see me create,  (songs are a little hard to do on command, but i can try) and we'll vote on em.  
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Patreon final

“This will be our reply to violence:
to make music more intensely,
more beautifully,
more devotedly than ever before.”
 - Leonard Bernstein


Hello, and thank you for visiting. I’m Dayna Kurtz and I’ve been a touring musician and writer for more than 25 years. Some of you have been riding shotgun with me for such a long time that I’ve actually become friends (or at least friendly, online) with many of you.  The kindest of you have told me privately that you’d pay for my Facebook posts alone, and that I really should set up some kind of tip jar to keep my little boat afloat. Well, here it is - thank you for nudging me.

I’d love to make songs and essays and other art I haven't even thought of making yet for you. The community we've created means everything to me these days.  America is scary as hell right now, and us being connected all over the world via social media has been so very important to me.  But I’d like to have a slightly more private platform whose algorithms are not designed for exploitation (as Facebook is) with which to connect with you, and brainstorm. And mostly, I'm here to create. I have a lot of big dreams lately:  I want to collaborate with dancers and actors and film makers and other kinds of cross pollination, I want to make more videos, write the songs for a musical, write poetry, start a memoir, I want to keep writing about sex and politics and hope and despair and love, but with more care than a Facebook post. I want to be creatively braver– less perfectionistic. This is the place I can share a song I finished or learned 10 minutes before that I’m not sure works or not yet. This thought was terrifying to me 3 years ago when I first heard about Patreon and now it’s downright exciting.  I'm not sure what happened there - the death of my mother or american democracy or my own achingly slow acceptance of all new technologies and music business paradigms - but I'm rather looking forward to this ride.    

If you become a patron subscriber at any level, you'll get access to road stories, journal entries, private concerts, and longer versions of some pieces started on Facebook. I promise at least 2 exclusive posts per month, with more that is open to the public to draw them here.  I’ll also count on you to tell me, if you'd like, when you think something incubated here deserves wider audience. The donations level is set low because I don't want to be elitist about who can be involved in this community- if all you can afford is a dollar or two a month, but you still want to be on board and support, that's huge, and that's plenty. If you can afford more, that would be fantastic- the more I can be directly funded by fans, the more exciting things I can do. I know I can't do it without you. Thank you.

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Tiers
Dearly Beloved
$1 or more per month 38 patrons
patrons at this level receive 

- access to all members only posts, videos and private shows

-my eternal appreciation

We Are Gathered Here Today
$5 or more per month 28 patrons
patrons at this level receive 

 -early access to finished records (before crowdfunding donors)

- access to all members only posts,  videos and private shows

-my eternal appreciation

To Get Through
$10 or more per month 16 patrons
patrons at this level receive 

-a video recorded message of me singing happy birthday for you

 -early access to finished records (before crowdfunding donors)

- access to all members only posts,  videos and private shows

-my eternal appreciation

This Thing Called Life
$25 or more per month 7 patrons
patrons at this level receive 

-a thank you on the liner notes of every record 

-a video recorded message of me singing happy birthday for you

 -early access to finished records (before crowdfunding donors)

- access to all members only posts,  videos and private shows

-my eternal appreciation

Let's Go Crazy
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
patrons at this level receive

-an original piece of decoupaged art made from my own actual lyrics of songs as they were being written, including crossouts and unused bits.  i have reams of them in journals, as it takes me forever to write.   

-a thank you on the liner notes of every record 

-a video recorded message of me singing happy birthday for you

 -early access to finished records (before crowdfunding donors)

- access to all members only posts,  videos and private shows

-my eternal appreciation

When Doves Cry
$250 or more per month 0 patrons
patrons at this level receive

-I will absolutely cry.  After that - man - name it, what do you want?
gumbo?  a private concert just for you? DNA?  anything.  you are ROYALTY to me.

-an original piece of decoupaged art made from my own actual lyrics of songs as they were being written, including crossouts and unused bits.  i have reams of them in journals, as it takes me forever to write.   

-a thank you on the liner notes of every record 

-a video recorded message of me singing happy birthday for you

 -early access to finished records (before crowdfunding donors)

- access to all members only posts,  videos and private shows

-my eternal appreciation