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WHO ARE YOU, ELLIS?
I am a singer, songwriter and guitarist who is writing music with the hope of opening people's hearts. I write to help myself heal, and hopefully help others heal as well!  The biggest compliment I could receive is that my music made a difference in your life in some way, and helped you to find a sense of belonging, connection, and hope. 

WHAT IS PATREON?
Patreon is a way to support artists directly, sort of a modern-day patron-of-the-arts. But instead of the old model of one major patron, this a way for lots of folks to become micro-patrons and together become that bedrock of support for artists like me.

WHY DO YOU NEED PATRONS?
Music sales are declining, and not just a little.  My iTunes music download income dropped 93% last year.  93% is not a typo - it is the new reality.  Folks want music on demand, and are preferring streaming... including me!  I subscribe to those same music services and the only album I bought last year (besides more than a dozen indie Kickstarter and Pledge Music projects) was Hamilton!  But streaming pays much less even than those limited sales. 

WHAT ABOUT TOURING?
Touring has been primarily supported by my music sales income. With that gone, I need to find something else to sell... maybe soap! :)  I will still do shows locally, and some limited touring to festivals and a few key areas where I can offset the travel costs with just the show income, but it is limiting things a bit. I promise I will keep doing Concert Window shows so anyone on the planet can tune in!

SO WHY DO YOU GIVE YOUR MUSIC AWAY?
I always had a dream of giving my music to anyone who needed it.  I used to think that I had to wait until I "made it big", but with that huge drop in music sales, I realized "why not give it away now?"  So I am!  You can download my albums for free (or make a donation) on bandcamp

HOW CAN I HELP?
There are so many ways!  One way is to become a Patron. Pledging at any level helps me!  Some folks pledge a small amount here, and also send donations via mail. Some folks have sponsored things (like my piano! :) and others participate in the Kickstarter Campaigns that cover recording costs. Some host concerts. And others have signed up for guitar lessons. I also plan to host a retreat of some kind, and if you become a Patron, you will be the first to know. 

WHAT ABOUT MAJOR DONORS?
I would be so happy if a few philanthropists signed up as major donors at $1000 or more a month, and I would be thrilled to play an annual show at their place or some other fun activity.  But I'd also be thrilled to have 1000 folks pay $1 a month. I just want to be able to keep making music and be a part of supporting my family!  

If you choose to become a patron, I hope you to find a level of giving that brings you joy and feels AWESOME!  You matter and are helping me do this, no matter your amount of giving!

Thank you thank you for reading this, supporting the music, and being you! 
wishing you much peace love wonder and music,
ellis
Tiers
A Dollar Tip Donors
$1 or more per month
These dollars add up!  Thanks to your generosity I'll get to stay in touch with you this way and you'll receive access to everything I post on here!  Thanks friend!
Double Tip Donors
$2 or more per month
Two dollars add up twice as fast!  Thanks to your generosity I'll get to stay in touch with you and you'll receive access to everything I post on here!  Double thanks to you!
Fancy Coffee Donors
$5 or more per month
Your five dollars will fuel my songwriting and support my coffee habit!  You'll get access to everything I post and we'll get to stay in touch this way!  Thanks for the coffee, mate!
Shiny New Strings Donors
$10 or more per month
You may not know that I like to change my strings often.... and thanks to your $10 generosity I will buy some shiny new strings!  You get access to everything I post on here! My guitar thanks you for the love, friend!
Sponsor a Song Donors
$25 or more per month
My wife used to pay me 20 bucks every time I wrote a song.  Your support of $25 gives me a raise for inflation! :) You will receive access to everything I post on here, AND links to download any shows I record during the month!  Thank you, song patron!
Fill Up The Tank Donors
$50 or more per month
Fifty bucks!  Wow that goes a long way!  I could drive all the way from Minneapolis to Nashville (or at least part-way! :) with this fifty bucks!  Thank you, travel sponsor! 
Triple Digit Donors
$100 or more per month
Wow!  Doesn't it sound fancy when I call it Triple Digit! :-) One Hundred Dollars is an incredible gift that gets me an hour or two in the studio, or money towards building my own. Thank you generous patron!
Stay True to the Music Donor
$500 or more per month
Wow! Having a guaranteed $500 every month takes the pressure off of finding ways to earn money so I can focus on writing and sharing my songs freely!  At this level, you get all the songs AND I'll call you on your birthday and sing you a birthday song!
Major Patron of the Arts
$1,000 or more per month
At $1000 a month, you are squarely in Major Patron of the Arts territory. I will certainly cry if you sign up at this level, you will get all the things, and I will do an annual concert or workshop for you (plus travel if you live outside the States).   
Goals
74% complete
Retreat - I'll set up an annual creative retreat and you will be invited to sign up first! 
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WHO ARE YOU, ELLIS?
I am a singer, songwriter and guitarist who is writing music with the hope of opening people's hearts. I write to help myself heal, and hopefully help others heal as well!  The biggest compliment I could receive is that my music made a difference in your life in some way, and helped you to find a sense of belonging, connection, and hope. 

WHAT IS PATREON?
Patreon is a way to support artists directly, sort of a modern-day patron-of-the-arts. But instead of the old model of one major patron, this a way for lots of folks to become micro-patrons and together become that bedrock of support for artists like me.

WHY DO YOU NEED PATRONS?
Music sales are declining, and not just a little.  My iTunes music download income dropped 93% last year.  93% is not a typo - it is the new reality.  Folks want music on demand, and are preferring streaming... including me!  I subscribe to those same music services and the only album I bought last year (besides more than a dozen indie Kickstarter and Pledge Music projects) was Hamilton!  But streaming pays much less even than those limited sales. 

WHAT ABOUT TOURING?
Touring has been primarily supported by my music sales income. With that gone, I need to find something else to sell... maybe soap! :)  I will still do shows locally, and some limited touring to festivals and a few key areas where I can offset the travel costs with just the show income, but it is limiting things a bit. I promise I will keep doing Concert Window shows so anyone on the planet can tune in!

SO WHY DO YOU GIVE YOUR MUSIC AWAY?
I always had a dream of giving my music to anyone who needed it.  I used to think that I had to wait until I "made it big", but with that huge drop in music sales, I realized "why not give it away now?"  So I am!  You can download my albums for free (or make a donation) on bandcamp

HOW CAN I HELP?
There are so many ways!  One way is to become a Patron. Pledging at any level helps me!  Some folks pledge a small amount here, and also send donations via mail. Some folks have sponsored things (like my piano! :) and others participate in the Kickstarter Campaigns that cover recording costs. Some host concerts. And others have signed up for guitar lessons. I also plan to host a retreat of some kind, and if you become a Patron, you will be the first to know. 

WHAT ABOUT MAJOR DONORS?
I would be so happy if a few philanthropists signed up as major donors at $1000 or more a month, and I would be thrilled to play an annual show at their place or some other fun activity.  But I'd also be thrilled to have 1000 folks pay $1 a month. I just want to be able to keep making music and be a part of supporting my family!  

If you choose to become a patron, I hope you to find a level of giving that brings you joy and feels AWESOME!  You matter and are helping me do this, no matter your amount of giving!

Thank you thank you for reading this, supporting the music, and being you! 
wishing you much peace love wonder and music,
ellis

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Tiers
A Dollar Tip Donors
$1 or more per month
These dollars add up!  Thanks to your generosity I'll get to stay in touch with you this way and you'll receive access to everything I post on here!  Thanks friend!
Double Tip Donors
$2 or more per month
Two dollars add up twice as fast!  Thanks to your generosity I'll get to stay in touch with you and you'll receive access to everything I post on here!  Double thanks to you!
Fancy Coffee Donors
$5 or more per month
Your five dollars will fuel my songwriting and support my coffee habit!  You'll get access to everything I post and we'll get to stay in touch this way!  Thanks for the coffee, mate!
Shiny New Strings Donors
$10 or more per month
You may not know that I like to change my strings often.... and thanks to your $10 generosity I will buy some shiny new strings!  You get access to everything I post on here! My guitar thanks you for the love, friend!
Sponsor a Song Donors
$25 or more per month
My wife used to pay me 20 bucks every time I wrote a song.  Your support of $25 gives me a raise for inflation! :) You will receive access to everything I post on here, AND links to download any shows I record during the month!  Thank you, song patron!
Fill Up The Tank Donors
$50 or more per month
Fifty bucks!  Wow that goes a long way!  I could drive all the way from Minneapolis to Nashville (or at least part-way! :) with this fifty bucks!  Thank you, travel sponsor! 
Triple Digit Donors
$100 or more per month
Wow!  Doesn't it sound fancy when I call it Triple Digit! :-) One Hundred Dollars is an incredible gift that gets me an hour or two in the studio, or money towards building my own. Thank you generous patron!
Stay True to the Music Donor
$500 or more per month
Wow! Having a guaranteed $500 every month takes the pressure off of finding ways to earn money so I can focus on writing and sharing my songs freely!  At this level, you get all the songs AND I'll call you on your birthday and sing you a birthday song!
Major Patron of the Arts
$1,000 or more per month
At $1000 a month, you are squarely in Major Patron of the Arts territory. I will certainly cry if you sign up at this level, you will get all the things, and I will do an annual concert or workshop for you (plus travel if you live outside the States).