GemsOnVHS is creating the best archive of honest musicians.
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Who is GemsOnVHS?
Started in 2011 by Anthony Simpkins, GemsOnVHS is an ongoing archive/collection of music that focuses on raw acoustic and off-stage performance videos of artists.

We view what we do as a logical extension of the tradition started by other song collectors of the 20th century, like Alan Lomax and Cecil Sharp. We aren't aiming to shove as many musicians into our camera as possible - we're looking for honest songwriters. We're telling their stories, the stories of the 21st century, and keeping the folk music tradition alive and thriving. 

Why Patreon?
Patreon allows us to fan-fund without the need for corporate advertisers, outside of the grip of the normal music industry. We can post what we want, and stay more true to the core folk music tradition.

What does the money go towards?

  • keeping us filming and releasing more unknown artists in further away places for longer, at NO COST to the artists we record, more frequently.
  • more ways to listen, including, in the future, compilation CDs/vinyl/cassette releases.
  • improving sound quality. this is huge - i'm sure everyone will appreciate an increase in audio quality! we will be able to have dedicated audio on set more often.
  • mini-documentaries on the artists and the traditions. interview videos with your favorites.
  • expand our operation with future label-style releases with artists that need help recording. actual in-studio records produced by us. 
  • one glorious day, we may be able to put on actual live shows, and bring some of our favorite acts to your town.

... a few notes about this Patreon

  • If you're a big fan of GemsOnVHS but your money situation is tight, please don't spend your last penny on us. I believe strongly in the power of music, songwriting and storytelling as a positive force, but there are other priorities to consider in ones life. The videos will always be free. Maybe ask your grandparents to contribute instead.

  • This Patreon format is an experiment for us all. This isn't a payment for a product you will receive monthly - but rather sustaining an entire mission. Many people have asked for a way to contribute, and this makes much more sense than a PayPal donation. Although that is still possible, if you want to make a one time donation. https://www.paypal.me/gemsonvhs
Tiers
folkies
$3 or more per month
For the price of a cup of coffee every month, you make the music happen. This is for y'all who enjoy the videos, love the musicians, and want to continue seeing them and new artists in our intimate style. 


I'll also make sure you receive our monthly Club Letters, where I add all kinds of essays, updates, unreleased content, giveaways and interesting historical footage i've collected over the years.


You're also giving us 3000x more than YouTube adsense ever will, so consider yourself officially forgiven if you use an adblocker.


My inexpressible gratitude is, of course, included.

song hunters
$5 or more per month
So y'all want to hunt for songs with me? 


Ok, for the price of a taco i'm going to send you digital download links (via a private Google drive folder) of the songs i've recorded (released and unreleased) so you can listen to them off of YouTube. It will be sporadically updated with new releases every month. 


You also will be invited to our private Facebook group, where you can ask questions, participate in polls, suggest things to me or the artists, and I will try to get everything answered.


You're getting the Club Letters as well of course. And you're part of our community, giving us the chance to discover and highlight amazing songwriters together, whose songs you can enjoy forever.

archivists
$20 or more per month
You're one of us, an archivist in the fashion of Alan Lomax. I'm going to send you a care package - a signed picture of artists taken with our film cameras/polaroids, CDs, cassettes or vinyl I love, books on the music. Something weird, curated by me. (We can only ship in the United States!). Any merchandise we make in the future (compilation CDs, t-shirts) will be sent to the folks in this tier at that time. So this is kind of like a pre-order on future items.


You'll also get the bandcamp song download links, Club Letter, and my serious thanks for helping us make beautiful recordings.

executive producer
$100 or more per month
You're dedicated to the culture and traditions of folk music. To you, there's value in recording unknown artists and documenting the songs they sing. 


You'll be given credits in the descriptions of the videos for your generous contributions, with links to whatever you'd like with it. You'll also be sent our care-package as a thanks, and all future products mailed to you.

Goals
100 – reached! patrons
When we reach 100 patrons, we plan to record/release our first album as a record label with Hayden Karchmer, the Hill Country Devil.

Hayden has been in and out of rehab for years, homeless, in the hospital and in despair. He has pawned everything of value in his life except his guitar. Throughout it all, i've been astounded by the songs he'd write. His videos amassed over 100,000 views while he was a complete unknown. He never shies from being honest, putting his experiences to music. Now, after smashing into rock bottom multiple times, he's looking up. He's writing his best material in years, and we've been talking about getting him in a studio to do real recordings for a new record, released and funded by GemsOnVHS (and you, our community).

Hayden is, needless to say, completely unable to do anything resembling a real record by himself. If we want something, we will have to help him achieve it.
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Who is GemsOnVHS?
Started in 2011 by Anthony Simpkins, GemsOnVHS is an ongoing archive/collection of music that focuses on raw acoustic and off-stage performance videos of artists.

We view what we do as a logical extension of the tradition started by other song collectors of the 20th century, like Alan Lomax and Cecil Sharp. We aren't aiming to shove as many musicians into our camera as possible - we're looking for honest songwriters. We're telling their stories, the stories of the 21st century, and keeping the folk music tradition alive and thriving. 

Why Patreon?
Patreon allows us to fan-fund without the need for corporate advertisers, outside of the grip of the normal music industry. We can post what we want, and stay more true to the core folk music tradition.

What does the money go towards?

  • keeping us filming and releasing more unknown artists in further away places for longer, at NO COST to the artists we record, more frequently.
  • more ways to listen, including, in the future, compilation CDs/vinyl/cassette releases.
  • improving sound quality. this is huge - i'm sure everyone will appreciate an increase in audio quality! we will be able to have dedicated audio on set more often.
  • mini-documentaries on the artists and the traditions. interview videos with your favorites.
  • expand our operation with future label-style releases with artists that need help recording. actual in-studio records produced by us. 
  • one glorious day, we may be able to put on actual live shows, and bring some of our favorite acts to your town.

... a few notes about this Patreon

  • If you're a big fan of GemsOnVHS but your money situation is tight, please don't spend your last penny on us. I believe strongly in the power of music, songwriting and storytelling as a positive force, but there are other priorities to consider in ones life. The videos will always be free. Maybe ask your grandparents to contribute instead.

  • This Patreon format is an experiment for us all. This isn't a payment for a product you will receive monthly - but rather sustaining an entire mission. Many people have asked for a way to contribute, and this makes much more sense than a PayPal donation. Although that is still possible, if you want to make a one time donation. https://www.paypal.me/gemsonvhs

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Tiers
folkies
$3 or more per month
For the price of a cup of coffee every month, you make the music happen. This is for y'all who enjoy the videos, love the musicians, and want to continue seeing them and new artists in our intimate style. 


I'll also make sure you receive our monthly Club Letters, where I add all kinds of essays, updates, unreleased content, giveaways and interesting historical footage i've collected over the years.


You're also giving us 3000x more than YouTube adsense ever will, so consider yourself officially forgiven if you use an adblocker.


My inexpressible gratitude is, of course, included.

song hunters
$5 or more per month
So y'all want to hunt for songs with me? 


Ok, for the price of a taco i'm going to send you digital download links (via a private Google drive folder) of the songs i've recorded (released and unreleased) so you can listen to them off of YouTube. It will be sporadically updated with new releases every month. 


You also will be invited to our private Facebook group, where you can ask questions, participate in polls, suggest things to me or the artists, and I will try to get everything answered.


You're getting the Club Letters as well of course. And you're part of our community, giving us the chance to discover and highlight amazing songwriters together, whose songs you can enjoy forever.

archivists
$20 or more per month
You're one of us, an archivist in the fashion of Alan Lomax. I'm going to send you a care package - a signed picture of artists taken with our film cameras/polaroids, CDs, cassettes or vinyl I love, books on the music. Something weird, curated by me. (We can only ship in the United States!). Any merchandise we make in the future (compilation CDs, t-shirts) will be sent to the folks in this tier at that time. So this is kind of like a pre-order on future items.


You'll also get the bandcamp song download links, Club Letter, and my serious thanks for helping us make beautiful recordings.

executive producer
$100 or more per month
You're dedicated to the culture and traditions of folk music. To you, there's value in recording unknown artists and documenting the songs they sing. 


You'll be given credits in the descriptions of the videos for your generous contributions, with links to whatever you'd like with it. You'll also be sent our care-package as a thanks, and all future products mailed to you.