Gaelynn Lea

is creating a BOOK & hosting SUNDAY SESSIONS on YouTube!

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WHILE I'M WRITING MY BOOK: Get your name on my website! I will also send you monthly life updates, writing excerpts, and occasional samples of my watercolor paintings in your Patreon messages. You will also receive invitations to my monthly Patron-Only Zoom chats, as well as a PDF of my book once it's published!

ONCE I'M DONE WITH THE BOOK: You'll continue to receive monthly updates and Patreon Zoom invites from me, and I'll send you a free download code every time I release new music!

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WHILE I'M WRITING MY BOOK: Get your name on my website! I will also send you monthly life updates, writing excerpts, and occasional samples of my watercolor paintings in your Patreon messages. You will also receive invitations to my monthly Patron-Only Zoom chats, as well as a physical copy (+ PDF!) of my book once it's published!

ONCE I'M DONE WITH THE BOOK: You'll continue to receive monthly updates and Patreon Zoom invites from me, and you'll get free CD or vinyl (PLUS downloads!) every time I release new music!

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Thank you so very much for giving me a boost so I can keep doing what I love!  Here's what you will receive for your generosity:

WHILE I'M WRITING MY BOOK: Get your name on my website! I will also send you monthly life updates, writing excerpts, and occasional samples of my watercolor paintings in your Patreon messages. You will also receive invitations to my monthly Patron-Only Zoom chats, as well as a SIGNED physical copy of my book (+ a digital copy) once it's published!

ONCE I'M DONE WITH THE BOOK: You'll continue to receive monthly updates and Patreon Zoom invites from me... Plus, whenever I'm in your town (and the venue allows), I'll set aside 2 tickets for you at my shows / events! If you notice I'm in your town and you haven't heard from me, please reach out over Patreon messaging! I try to keep up on these details but can fall behind when we're on tour... But 2 tickets are yours for the asking! 

I'll also send you a SIGNED CDs or vinyl every time I release new music! Plus get digital downloads of all newly-released material!

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About Gaelynn Lea


Hello Friends!

My name is Gaelynn Lea and I'm a violinist and public speaker from Duluth, Minnesota. In 2016 I won NPR Music's Tiny Desk Contest, and I've been working as a full-time touring musician ever since! I launched this Patreon page to help me build up some monthly income that will allow me to take the time I need to write a book. I'd love to connect more closely to the people who want to support me in this writing journey... and that might just be YOU!

My husband and I toured nonstop from October 2016 until March 2020, thanks to the huge boost of the Tiny Desk Contest. We literally took the opportunity and ran with it - we sold our house, quit our jobs, bought a van, and hit the road! Our extensive travels were amazing and humbling and exhilarating and exhausting all at once... But then of course the pandemic forced us to stay home.

While I was home this year, I realized that I REALLY want to write a BOOK about my experiences as a disabled touring artist, thoughts on disability culture, and a vision for a more accessible future. I have experienced a lot these past few years and I've met so many thought-provoking activists - I need time to process it and write down my thoughts on disability justice that are bubbling away so close to the surface.

Writing a book is a huge undertaking, so I am limiting my other performances and speaking engagements while I write the rough draft. I am hoping to complete this draft by early 2022... But this is going to require every ounce of focus I have inside my brain!  

I love touring and I will certainly tour again - once my book's rough draft is complete - but the support I receive from my Patreon Team this year will allow me to make a bit more time for the creation process.  It will give me space to simply write...  And breathe:


Aside from working on my book, the other big project I kicked off in 2020 was my weekly YouTube Series, "Sunday Sessions"... Starting March 22nd, I began performing a LIVE concert every weekend to music lovers who join me from all over the world. This online concert series has evolved over the months to include not only my original songs, but improvisational violin pieces based on prompts from the virtual audience, and (most recently) a different guest artist each week.

Guests on Sunday Sessions have included some well-known folks like Bob Boilen and Jeff Tweedy from Wilco, as well as a wide variety of songwriters, photographers, painters, and writers from around the country (and occasionally other countries)... And I currently have guests booked out until November 2021! These are the ONLY shows I am doing until I've completed the rough draft of my book.

Because accessibility is a huge priority to me, real-time captions are provided for Deaf and hard-of-hearing audience members. This is a big expense that is partially covered through my Patreon Team's monthly contributions. If you haven't checked out one of these shows yet, please come join in the fun right here: youtube.com/gaelynnlea

Should you decide to join my Patreon Team, I will send you monthly updates & writing excerpts, occasional watercolor paintings, as well as invitations to my weekly writing group & monthly Patron-Only Zoom chats. Once I get back on the road, there will be more bonuses added to my Patreon Tiers (free tickets! free merch! new music!)... But for now, everything will be done digitally and it will pretty much all revolve around the book.  

Thanks for considering being a part of my Patreon team: any support you can give on a monthly basis will help me find the time to write words that will hopefully inspire others to make the world more accessible for disabled people everywhere. And you'll help me to stay balanced, supported, focused, and grounded in the process!

I hope you'll help me to create a life that honors both performance and creation, action and rest, activism and reflection. Stillness and movement: you just can't have one without the other!


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By becoming a patron, you'll instantly unlock access to 47 exclusive posts
4
Audio releases
67
Images
4
Links
1
Livestream
4
Writings
16
Videos

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