Diaspoura

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A Real 1

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You are a real 1 who is supporting the resilience of a queer brown Southern artist, contributing to my unapologetic daily survival (food and housing) in a dangerously conservative state.

In return, I will send you a seasonal update (fall, spring, winter, summer) of my experiences, practices, inspirations, and/or spiritual guidance.

My hope is for these entries to energize you more than the single cup of coffee it affords.

Kitchen Table

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$15
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You are someone looking to be fully connected and supportive to my creative work, giving me the time at home to cook up Diaspoura’s music and art.

In turn, this tier enjoys the full benefits of my Patreon content. In addition to receiving all content that a Real 1 does, you will be invited to live chats and Zoom gatherings where you and I can meet and connect with others in this loving virtual network.

My hope is for this connection to nourish you more than the meal cost that it affords.

A Blessing

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$25
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You are someone who has been gifted with access and resources, in a place to pass it on to sustain the work of a QTPOC artist committed to collective liberation.

If you have a salary, are white or white-passing, inherit generational wealth, own property or live in a high-end rental, this is an opportunity to redistribute.

In return, you will receive my gratitude with the full benefits of my Patreon content. You have my blessing for an honorable life of joy and loving connection.

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About Diaspoura

In a new age of streaming*, artists are being fed lots of exposure instead of $, and even though my work as Diaspoura has seemed like it's gone extremely well, this work is very hard and hazardous on my mental and physical health. Having traveled around the country (performing sometimes to make ends meet) I notice other DIY artists going on hiatus, spiraling on lack of stability, burning out on tour, or being forced to support their art by using it to advertise for brands.

Here are things I've done as an artist with no corporate or label ties - and can continue building on if I am funded in a sustainable way this coming year:
  • I came up with the idea to print my first Diaspoura shirts onto second-hand finds I thrifted around the South in order to resist fast fashion buying and divert clothes from ending up in landfill (and also supply vintage gold to my followers). This model is time-consuming, but I still keep the price on sliding scale online for accessibility. Prices at the thrift store are going up, however, so it seems like even this loophole won't pad my music for much longer, nor really should shirts pay for music.
  • I choose to book and collaborate with artists that I align with politically and emotionally, who are making great work, despite their following. For my last two tours, I spent a lot of time researching and connecting with underground scenes on the North East. I hope to continue uplifting new and important art to build support for marginalized artists and bring it back to my followers.
  • I make art involving politics, and I love having conversation with my listeners directly. I spend time sending thoughtful responses and connecting on personal level with my followers as much as I can. This obviously doesn't earn me anything, but I'd like to keep taking the time to interact with my listeners directly and sharing their urgent calls to action the wider my base is, but will take more capacity.
  • I take outward stances against issues dealing with racism and misogyny, and feel a calling to be specific and put my words in practice by naming specific people, companies, and systems involved. This is a repellant to a mainstream label or brand, but I do not believe I can make my art personally without this kind of freedom of expression.

How does an artist like me, one that is not working to be commercial or sell goods, simply survive when music is now virtually free?

I am trying this Patreon out as way to challenge the industry that is forcing me to sell products instead of exchanging art and ideas directly with artists** and listeners. Otherwise, it is traumaporn, and I'm done with that mess. You can listen to all that on diaspoura.com .

If you would like to help me continue Diaspoura, PLS both fund and share this dreamy grassroots creative initiative!! Help me work against the algorithms that are currently hiding content creators that are starting conversation around these topics, or may Diaspoura rest in peace in 2020.

* = "I pay for a subscription to Spotify/Apple Music/Youtube Red/etc. Doesn't that pay artists?"
It unfortunately does not pay 95% of us any kind of wage - for most of us it can barely afford a meal in a month.

If I was making music in the 90s, I could sell 50 CDs and make $500 dollars easy. Nowadays, I could have listeners around the world and have 5 platforms of thousands of streams each without seeing any money. I have to pay a distribution company and could really only make just that money back if I got into the mainstream shooting for viral songs. So I could work on songs everyday no guarantee that I would ever get paid, especially if I make music outside mainstream genres.

This makes it even harder for artists to feel empowered to take risks in their art, because of the fear that it is too far outside the norm. It is yucky and uninspiring.

Do not get me wrong - I stream music too! It's becoming impossible to avoid and has a lot of perks. I would also love for my music to reach more people. Essentially, if this Patreon works out, I can make my music available to stream for the ease and access of everyone, while also earning enough not to have to resort to mass merchandizing or corporate sponsorship out of survival.

** = "As an artist, I feel moved by this model. I want this justice and freedom for my art!"
I am so glad to hear that!! Please do seek alternatives with me, and maybe offer some solidarity by joining onto my Patreon. I would like for this platform to be a way to share resources, organize, and strategize for honest independent artist futures, and I my current work. Once you subscribe for even just a dollar a month, please send me a message letting me know that you would like to be on an artist list-serve. I created a list of artists that are subscribed, so that others can find you here too. Bless up and thank you!

>> CHECK OUT A LINKED LIST OF ARTISTS IN SOLIDARITY, HERE <<
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I will be able to afford to somewhat manage Diaspoura with no other random jobs, full-time as a party of 1. Almost at the goal, y'all!! Please share to help me reach this first goal <3
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