George Lepauw is creating Music & Art
10

patrons

$133
per month
I’m George Lepauw.

Welcome to my page!

I'm using Patreon to fulfill my deep-seated desire to be a classical musician for the 21st century. While the art form is not new, there are so many new ways to share this music and tradition that need to be used to expand its audience. What is most exciting to me is working with other artists and creative people, and leveraging old and new technologies in order to bring a multidisciplinary approach to a tradition which has been isolating itself from contemporary trends for decades.

I invite you to join and support me here to follow all the twists and turns of my creative journey, which requires time and resources.

Since its launch in 2016, the support I have received via this Patreon page has already helped me record Bach’s massive Well-Tempered Clavier, which I hope to release in mid-autumn 2018 (there is still some mixing and mastering to complete). I cannot thank all of my supporters enough for their help and participation in my creative endeavors such as this one.

But I am trying to create creative momentum, and the Bach Album is just a start. As it is nearly completed and will be released sometime in the next months, I am already beginning the early process of preparing the next recordings and films, of Beethoven’s Sonatas, and of some original compositions I am beginning to work on. 

Your support makes these projects possible, which is why I hope you will consider joining.

Why? 

First, patronage in the 21st century has become more powerful and democratic than ever, allowing anyone, even with a very small contribution, to make an impact, and that is an important development for the freedom of the artist, and the participation of more people in creative projects.

Second, this type of project does not fit into a traditional mold, and a typical record label would not be able to support this and allow me the freedom to create something out of the ordinary. 

Third, these are projects which will take some time to come to fruition. Without support, I could not dedicate myself to this long-term recording and film works.

I want to bring you with me in an unparalleled journey through music, art, and the creative process. You will be able to learn about my process as a musician, and see how I think about, and feel, this music, with all the stories it evokes and inspires, as I prepare for, and then make, this series of albums. You will have behind the scenes insights into the art but also the business of being a classical musician in the 21st century, seeing how I launch this kind of project and bring it to the public, with all its promise, and perils. 

With your critical financial help, these projects will be much more than just another box set on a shelf, but rather a lively and novel way to showcase great music, providing uncommon insight into the minds and hearts of these composers and the artists involved on this journey, myself included. It is also important to me that Patreon helps me grow my community of friends and fans, of which I truly hope you will be a part.


THANK YOU!!!
Tiers
Cool
$3 or more per month 3 patrons
THANK YOU! I will send you a personal email thank you. Of course, you get kept in the loop on my projects through the patron-only feed and get to be part of my sounding board. It's a collaboration and I hope you'll send comments and questions! Once in a while you'll even get your own specially-made track or video. 
Yes
$5 or more per month 1 patron
You're wonderful. You motivate me. THANK YOU! You'll get a personal email thank you from me, be kept up to date in the activity feed, and sometimes receive some special homemade recordings and videos just for you. 
Joy
$10 or more per month 6 patrons
Thank you for subscribing to my work. You give me the capability to do more things that matter in this project. In addition to being kept in the loop via the activity feed, you will also receive a postcard from me, as well as occasional special gifts such as non-released tracks of past performance recordings, clips of things I'm working on, and more. 
Happy
$25 or more per month 1 patron
THANK YOU!!! I couldn't be happier to see that you are so committed to this experiment. Together, we can really make things happen.


You will be kept in the loop via the activity feed.


You will get postcards from me a couple of times a year.


And on top of what everyone will get as updates, you will get special unreleased performance recordings (such as from my childhood which I don't usually share) on occasion, as well as videos.

Thrill
$50 or more per month 1 of 100 patrons
THANK YOU!!!!! If you're willing to give this much, it's because you're really committed to seeing these projects through with me, and that means the world to me. 


Of course, you will be kept in the loop via the activity feed.


You will get postcards from me at least once every season.


And on top of what everyone will get as updates, you will get special unreleased performance recordings (such as from my childhood which I don't usually share) on occasion, as well as videos made just for you.


Your name listed in the album booklet when it comes out As long as you have committed to a full year. 


 

Ecstatic
$100 or more per month 0 of 15 patrons
THANK YOU!!!!! If you're willing to give this much, it's because you're really committed to seeing these projects through with me, and you don't want to see any reason for them to be hobbled by lack of resources. That means the world to me.

 

Of course, you will be kept in the loop via the activity feed.


You will get postcards from me at least once every season.


And on top of what everyone will get as updates, you will get special unreleased performance recordings (such as from my childhood which I don't usually share) on occasion, as well as videos when available.


Your name listed in the album booklet when it comes out. 


Your name will also be listed in the recording’s film credits.


If we don’t already know each other and talk, I would be happy to schedule a conversation with you once a year. Just let me know!

Heart
$500 or more per month 0 of 2 patrons
THANK YOU!!!!! If you're willing to give this much, it's because you're really committed to seeing these projects through with me, and you don't want to see any reason for them to be hobbled by lack of resources. That means the world to me and to the mission I have given myself.


Of course, you will be kept in the loop via the activity feed.


You will get postcards from me at least once every season.


And on top of what everyone will get as updates, you will get special unreleased performance recordings (such as from my childhood which I don't usually share) on occasion, as well as videos made just for you.


Your name listed in the album booklet when it comes out. 


Also listed in film credits!


You will get a signed copy of Chicago Portraits, a beautiful coffee table book of photos from the Chicago Tribune archives, in which I am featured (within about six months of your sign-up here). 


Also, I'm limiting this category to only 2 patrons because I want to be able to include you in very special things. We will share a meal together, and have a direct line of communication. 


If there is anything you'd like beyond this, feel free to let me know and I will do my best to make it happen if it is possible.

Goals
$133 of $900 per month
Help me reach monthly support of $900 so that I can speed forward with my musical projects! Thank you!!
1 of 1
I’m George Lepauw.

Welcome to my page!

I'm using Patreon to fulfill my deep-seated desire to be a classical musician for the 21st century. While the art form is not new, there are so many new ways to share this music and tradition that need to be used to expand its audience. What is most exciting to me is working with other artists and creative people, and leveraging old and new technologies in order to bring a multidisciplinary approach to a tradition which has been isolating itself from contemporary trends for decades.

I invite you to join and support me here to follow all the twists and turns of my creative journey, which requires time and resources.

Since its launch in 2016, the support I have received via this Patreon page has already helped me record Bach’s massive Well-Tempered Clavier, which I hope to release in mid-autumn 2018 (there is still some mixing and mastering to complete). I cannot thank all of my supporters enough for their help and participation in my creative endeavors such as this one.

But I am trying to create creative momentum, and the Bach Album is just a start. As it is nearly completed and will be released sometime in the next months, I am already beginning the early process of preparing the next recordings and films, of Beethoven’s Sonatas, and of some original compositions I am beginning to work on. 

Your support makes these projects possible, which is why I hope you will consider joining.

Why? 

First, patronage in the 21st century has become more powerful and democratic than ever, allowing anyone, even with a very small contribution, to make an impact, and that is an important development for the freedom of the artist, and the participation of more people in creative projects.

Second, this type of project does not fit into a traditional mold, and a typical record label would not be able to support this and allow me the freedom to create something out of the ordinary. 

Third, these are projects which will take some time to come to fruition. Without support, I could not dedicate myself to this long-term recording and film works.

I want to bring you with me in an unparalleled journey through music, art, and the creative process. You will be able to learn about my process as a musician, and see how I think about, and feel, this music, with all the stories it evokes and inspires, as I prepare for, and then make, this series of albums. You will have behind the scenes insights into the art but also the business of being a classical musician in the 21st century, seeing how I launch this kind of project and bring it to the public, with all its promise, and perils. 

With your critical financial help, these projects will be much more than just another box set on a shelf, but rather a lively and novel way to showcase great music, providing uncommon insight into the minds and hearts of these composers and the artists involved on this journey, myself included. It is also important to me that Patreon helps me grow my community of friends and fans, of which I truly hope you will be a part.


THANK YOU!!!

Recent posts by George Lepauw

Tiers
Cool
$3 or more per month 3 patrons
THANK YOU! I will send you a personal email thank you. Of course, you get kept in the loop on my projects through the patron-only feed and get to be part of my sounding board. It's a collaboration and I hope you'll send comments and questions! Once in a while you'll even get your own specially-made track or video. 
Yes
$5 or more per month 1 patron
You're wonderful. You motivate me. THANK YOU! You'll get a personal email thank you from me, be kept up to date in the activity feed, and sometimes receive some special homemade recordings and videos just for you. 
Joy
$10 or more per month 6 patrons
Thank you for subscribing to my work. You give me the capability to do more things that matter in this project. In addition to being kept in the loop via the activity feed, you will also receive a postcard from me, as well as occasional special gifts such as non-released tracks of past performance recordings, clips of things I'm working on, and more. 
Happy
$25 or more per month 1 patron
THANK YOU!!! I couldn't be happier to see that you are so committed to this experiment. Together, we can really make things happen.


You will be kept in the loop via the activity feed.


You will get postcards from me a couple of times a year.


And on top of what everyone will get as updates, you will get special unreleased performance recordings (such as from my childhood which I don't usually share) on occasion, as well as videos.

Thrill
$50 or more per month 1 of 100 patrons
THANK YOU!!!!! If you're willing to give this much, it's because you're really committed to seeing these projects through with me, and that means the world to me. 


Of course, you will be kept in the loop via the activity feed.


You will get postcards from me at least once every season.


And on top of what everyone will get as updates, you will get special unreleased performance recordings (such as from my childhood which I don't usually share) on occasion, as well as videos made just for you.


Your name listed in the album booklet when it comes out As long as you have committed to a full year. 


 

Ecstatic
$100 or more per month 0 of 15 patrons
THANK YOU!!!!! If you're willing to give this much, it's because you're really committed to seeing these projects through with me, and you don't want to see any reason for them to be hobbled by lack of resources. That means the world to me.

 

Of course, you will be kept in the loop via the activity feed.


You will get postcards from me at least once every season.


And on top of what everyone will get as updates, you will get special unreleased performance recordings (such as from my childhood which I don't usually share) on occasion, as well as videos when available.


Your name listed in the album booklet when it comes out. 


Your name will also be listed in the recording’s film credits.


If we don’t already know each other and talk, I would be happy to schedule a conversation with you once a year. Just let me know!

Heart
$500 or more per month 0 of 2 patrons
THANK YOU!!!!! If you're willing to give this much, it's because you're really committed to seeing these projects through with me, and you don't want to see any reason for them to be hobbled by lack of resources. That means the world to me and to the mission I have given myself.


Of course, you will be kept in the loop via the activity feed.


You will get postcards from me at least once every season.


And on top of what everyone will get as updates, you will get special unreleased performance recordings (such as from my childhood which I don't usually share) on occasion, as well as videos made just for you.


Your name listed in the album booklet when it comes out. 


Also listed in film credits!


You will get a signed copy of Chicago Portraits, a beautiful coffee table book of photos from the Chicago Tribune archives, in which I am featured (within about six months of your sign-up here). 


Also, I'm limiting this category to only 2 patrons because I want to be able to include you in very special things. We will share a meal together, and have a direct line of communication. 


If there is anything you'd like beyond this, feel free to let me know and I will do my best to make it happen if it is possible.