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Pay as little as a fancy coffee, to support us and help ESC Insight to continue delivering year-round coverage of the Eurovision Song Contest. Most people pay more, so it's up to you how much you value ESC Insight's work.
Thank you for supporting is. Your generosity will make a huge difference to us, and we'd like to offer you something in return:
- You'll have access to a Patreon-only blog where we'll talk about the exclusive content, and how you can pitch ideas and suggestions for that content.
- You'll be able to listen to an exclusive podcast series hosted by Ewan Spence as he explores the music of various decades of the Eurovision Song Contest.
- You'll read the views of the editorial team in a new series of 'ESC Insight Asks' articles as we talk about your burning Eurovision issues.
Thank you for your extra support and we are definitely going to see the difference. So will you as you'll receive:
- Everything that the $10/month reward level offers.
- Plus ever quarter we will send you some ESC Insight merchandise to show your support of the community.
Hello Patreon! It's a traditional "good afternoon, good morning and good evening" to ESC Insight's Patreon page. If you give us a few minutes of your time, you will be able to make our coverage of the Eurovision Song Contest even better!
Why have we asked you here? We'll go into more detail in a moment, but the basic pitch is this:
If you enjoy ESC Insight's coverage of the Eurovision Song Contest and would like to support us creating podcasts, articles, radio shows, and commentary, you can through Patreon.
What Is Patreon?
For those of you new to Patreon, it is a website that allows fans and supports of creative projects to directly sponsor the projects that they love. It has been used to fund feature films, documentaries, music, podcasts, novels, newspapers, comedy, and more.
ESC Insight is looking to support all the content we currently create for our main website through a small monthly subscription. We're not going to hide any existing content from escinsight.com to do this, but we are going to offer some bonus content to supporters on Patreon as a thank you for your love.
Why Is ESC Insight Launching A Patreon Campaign?
( If you're not familiar with ESC Insight, head over to escinsight.com to see how we've covered the Eurovision Song Contest since 2010).
Let's be clear, ESC Insight is not going to go away, and we're not looking to change how we cover the Eurovision Song Contest. We're now in our second year on Patreon, and looking to build on our successful coverage of Eurovision 2018 in Lisbon and Junior Eurovision 2018 in Minsk.
While everyone loves free content, the content isn't free to make. The Insight team spends a lot of time creating the content that you have grown to love over the last seven years, and we want to make sure that we can continue to run the website, support the team, and keep covering the Song Contest as best we can through in-depth writing, high quality podcast series, and on-the-ground reporting.
In our annual reader surveys, our community has said they would be willing to directly support ESC Insight.
Patreon is a great way for those who wish to support us to do so. Funds raised through Patreon will help us reach a number of goals throughout the Eurovision year. The three main areas that your support will help are:
- The server costs and maintenance contracts to keep the ESC Insight website running.
- Supporting travel and accommodation costs to attend the Eurovision Song Contest, National Finals, and related Eurovision events (such as the preview concerts).
- Allowing the editorial team to commission writers to create new articles, features, and series
What You Can Pledge
After transaction fees, Patreon takes five percent of any pledge as running costs for their website and the services offered to creators, but everything else will come back to ESC Insight (after government taxes of course!).
Our initial reward level is $1 a week ($4 a month). No extras, no bonus content, just a simple thank you to the team behind ESC Insight every four weeks. We would love it if every reader at least considered this - but there is no obligation..
Our main reward level is $10 a month. Think of it as offering ESC Insight team a coffee every two weeks, which is roughly the rate at which the Patreon exclusive content will be released. If you want to offer a little bit more, then our $20 a month level is the equivalent of buying us coffee per week - we put a new podcast and content piece up on the main site every week - and we'll also send you some ESC Insight branded merchandise every quarter (so four deliveries a year).
We also have a $50 a month level - which we were tempted to call the Ralph Siegel Level - for those of you who want lend a huge amount of support to ESC Insight. As well as the Patreon exclusive content of the $10 level and the merchandise from the $20 level, this level offers each of you a one-of-a-kind artistic print based on a deep analysis of the Eurovision Song Contest.
If you are a business, then we offer a specific Patreon option, where you can get your name and logo into our newsletter, on our website, and features in our podcast. If you want to talk about the specifics, speak to [email protected] and let's get it sorted.
If you prefer a one-off payment, or need a tax invoice, we're happy to help. Again, speak to [email protected] who can help you out.
The Positive Impact On ESC Insight
The regular podcasts, features, and articles on the ESC Insight website will continue, but your support through Patreon will go a long way to making ESC Insight a self-sufficient operation. In our first year we not only covered our running costs, but were able to create a documentary podcast on our trip to the Norwegian National Final, live podcast recordings in Lisbon, help out with expenses and living costs during our coverage of Eurovision 2018, and commission a new theme tune for the podcast.
Broadly speaking, we'd like to do the same again and cover running costs, help with expenses, and work on new multimedia projects during 2019. Although our writers are volunteers, being able to offer paid commissions remains one of our long-term goals.
Your Support Will Make A Difference
If you'd like to be involved with supporting ESC Insight, have a look at the rewards we are offering. If there's one that fits with you, great, click on it and let's get started and work together to make this your best Eurovision year ever!