Jennifer Thomas is creating Music Videos
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patrons

Watch my Patreon Video above, or read on for even more details.

I am a Pianist, Violinist, Recording Artist, Orchestrator, Composer, Producer, and Chocolate lover.  I'm also a mom to 3 energetic little boys and a wife to an Ultra-marathon Competitor/Videographer. 

Describing my music in 4 words:   Epic, Beautiful, Cinematic, Emotional. 

In addition to my 4 award-winning album releases ("Winter Symphony", "Illumination", "The Lullaby Album", and "Key of Sea"), I've written film scores and my music has been featured in Film, TV, Commercial and is widely used in the world of sports (NBA, US Figure Skating, Ballet, Gymnastics, Volleyball, and more). I also have a large following on Pandora over the years with over 250 million spins.

What Is Patreon?


YOU SUPPORT --------> I REWARD.

Patreon is a platform where YOU can have a direct impact on helping me as an artist by contributing an ongoing monthly amount. In return, I REWARD you. The higher amount you donate, the bigger and better the rewards are. The amount is up to you.

Independent artists don't need record labels these days in order to be successful, but we DO need a team of support around us. Record labels have a machine of people working together to make an artist achieve a high level of success. In today's music industry, the fans and supporters are replacing the labels and taking indie artists to new heights. Think of this like YOU being the machine that is helping me to reach a higher level of success.



Why I Decided to do Patreon:


I am very lucky to make a living from my music. For the past 10 years that I've been releasing music professionally, my husband and I have fully funded ALL of my music projects without asking for any outside help or having investors or record labels. And I will continue to go forward and create and release new beautiful music and albums regardless of Patreon.  It's my joy and purpose. 

But I also really want to GROW my reach and let MORE people to know about my music. And this is where I need a team of support behind me.


I have spent considerable time researching the best way for ME to get my music out to the masses more.  Every artist is different - some tour, some gig, but for ME personally and what works for my lifestyle and genre of music is to utilize the visual media platforms.

MUSIC VIDEOS ARE THE NEW BLACK.

And I plan to soon launch my YouTube channel in a way that I haven't ever done before - by releasing MORE performance-based music videos on a consistent basis.



Music videos are wonderful for drawing in NEW fans, getting my music into the ears of more people,  introducing my music to more people, and not to mention creating music in a visual art form.   BUT music videos also come at a BONUS COST above and beyond the usual album budget and without much financial return to the artist.

WHY?

I produce an album ----> Fans buy my album.


I produce a music video ----> Fans watch it on Youtube for FREE.


I actually LOVE making music videos because I think very visually when I compose my music. My DREAM and "big-picture vision" for my music is to perform for the world through my music videos.  But I need YOUR help to continue doing this.

Explanation of "Per Month" vs. "Per Video":


I've chosen the "per month" method to help with the initial start-up. Most "Youtubers" release content multiple times per month and so they choose "per video" method (so if you donate $1 per video, and they release 4 videos per month, you pay $4 per month). Since I'm just getting started and my initial music video release rate will be slower in the beginning (first video isn't planned for release until December), a "per video" method doesn't make sense at this point as it would take me several months from now to earn even a $1 donation level for 1 video release - which makes it harder for me to fund videos (the whole point of this). Later on as I'm filming more consistently, I'll change to "per video".

Where Your Money Goes:



Let's get down to the nitty-gritty, because I think it's important that YOU know where YOUR support is going. 

- Paying for a Quality Cinematographer.  I aim to only put out professional top quality work, so I only use quality seasoned cinematographers. The cinematographer is one of the most important people in the crew.  

- Buying and Acquiring Film Equipment. While in the past, I've hired all of my cinematographers, we also want to do a portion of my music videos "In House". Many of you know my husband, Will, is quite talented behind a camera.  Going forward, he will be stepping up into a cinematographer role in many of my music videos.  Right now, we have limited equipment, but still need to acquire several more items like a new camera, stabilizer, lenses, lighting, and more.  We've have been renting whatever equipment we don't currently have, but the goal is to acquire and own.

- Props. Sometimes props are donated, but other times we have to buy or have custom-made. 

- Wardrobe, Hair, Make-up.  Finding the right costume/dress, and hiring a hair and make-up artist for the people involved in the video can add up, but it is an important necessity to achieve a professional "look" in the video. These are the things that people remember about videos - it's what makes up the colors, the vibe, the art, and more.

- Paying for Crew Members.  There are MANY people that work behind the scenes to make a successful film, including a film editor, director, colorist, drone operators, camera assistant, food prep.

- Paying for Talent.  I like to be able to pay the talent I use in my videos like dancers, singers, instrumentalists. I have an upcoming video where I will be using a full orchestra and each member of the group is paid individually per hour. Just things like this start to really add up to the overall cost in a quality video.

- Paying for Venue rentals, and Location permits. Locations don't usually come for free. When we filmed my "Alleluia" video, I had to rent out the Bastyr Cathedral for the day at a very hefty fee ($$$$).  Sometimes park permits can cost $$$ to film on location.  

- Small Details. Even things like buying food for the crew while we shoot, gas for cars to travel between locations, and little things like this that come up.

Examples of My Work:


Last of all, to show you the quality of work I aim for, here are few of my past-released music videos. I'm extremely proud of these.






Tiers
You're Just Happy to Be Here Tier!
$1 or more per month
  • Access to my Patreon Activity Feed where I will answer questions & comments, post pictures/videos and keep you updated on new projects.

Happy to See Videos First Tier!
$5 or more per month
  • Access to my Patreon News Feed
  • See my new music videos FIRST at least 1 full day before anyone else (sometimes even several days before I release to the public).
  • Be included in the video credits!

Happy to Get Some Free Downloads Tier!
$10 or more per month
  • A FREE download of 4 of Jennifer's songs.
  • Plus everything above!
Happy to Google Hangout Teir!
$25 or more per month
  • Everything above!
  • An invitation to join in a once-a-quarter Google Hangout - where I will chat with you, answer questions, tell you about upcoming projects and get to know you!
  • A surprise package mailed to you sometime during the year from me!

Happy to be on the Video Consult Team Tier!
$50 or more per month
  • Everything above!
  • Be on my "Music Video Consult Team". You will be part of a special email list of individuals I bounce ideas off of for upcoming projects, music, albums, videos and get your input and ideas (please provide me with your email address!).
  • An autographed CD of your choice


VERY Happy to Be Here and Get Cool Stuff Tier
$100 or more per month
Wow, THANK YOU for getting to this level and supporting me. I really want to reward you for your generosity. Support me for at least 6 months at this level and you get:
  • Everything above!
  • A personal video message from me to you. It can be holiday, birthday or whatever! You pick.
  • All 4 of my albums personally autographed to you
  • A signed photo especially for you
  • I will send you a personalized birthday and Christmas card in the mail with my favorite chocolate included. (send me your address).


EXTREMELY Happy to Be Here and get WAY Cool Stuff Tier!
$150 or more per month
YOWZA!!!  You are someone who really, really, REALLY wants to see me make this work. You support the arts, you're passionate, and you have a big heart. I appreciate your generosity and support for my videos. This is the HUGE MECCA OF ALL REWARD PACKAGES, so there is a limited amount.  I put a lot of thought into this one - so if you're here, THANK YOU x a million.

Support me at this level for at least 8 months, and get:
  • EVERYTHING above...which by now is a LOT.
  • A personal invitation to join me ON SET for the filming of one of my music videos (you provide your travel, I provide an incredible VIP experience).

Support me for for 12 months at this level, in ADDITION, you also get:
  • Appear as an EXTRA in one of my videos.
  • Have your hair and make-up done on set the day of filming - by my professional make-up artist, Noelle McBride - so you look amazing, beautiful, and confident in my video as my extra!  A valuable package all in it's own.
  • A hand-crafted (made by me) personalized piece of original sheet music (song of your choice) on large manuscript paper, tea-stained and autographed by me.
      

PROPS To YOU! Tier (Limited)
$250 or more per month
I'm offering 3 very special props from my recent music video ("Beauty and the Beast").


- Yellow/gold Jeweled high heels (DeBlossom brand), size 10. Worn one time - in my B&TB video on stage at the Paramount Theater with my Belle yellow gown.


- Authentic limited-edition porcelain fine china Mrs. Potts and Chip tea set (from the live action film).  Only 2,000 made by Disney and I got one of them.  You can't buy this from the Disney store anymore.  Worth over $500 all by itself.


- Perlstoft gold bracelet - made from Swarovski crystals.


Requirements for tier:  6 month commitment at this tier.

Goals
87 of 150 patrons
I want to be able to perform my music for the world through the beauty of performance videos.  Hitting this goal would allow me to make consistent quality music videos. Once I hit 150 Patrons, I will make a special video just for my patrons here!
1 of 1
Watch my Patreon Video above, or read on for even more details.

I am a Pianist, Violinist, Recording Artist, Orchestrator, Composer, Producer, and Chocolate lover.  I'm also a mom to 3 energetic little boys and a wife to an Ultra-marathon Competitor/Videographer. 

Describing my music in 4 words:   Epic, Beautiful, Cinematic, Emotional. 

In addition to my 4 award-winning album releases ("Winter Symphony", "Illumination", "The Lullaby Album", and "Key of Sea"), I've written film scores and my music has been featured in Film, TV, Commercial and is widely used in the world of sports (NBA, US Figure Skating, Ballet, Gymnastics, Volleyball, and more). I also have a large following on Pandora over the years with over 250 million spins.

What Is Patreon?


YOU SUPPORT --------> I REWARD.

Patreon is a platform where YOU can have a direct impact on helping me as an artist by contributing an ongoing monthly amount. In return, I REWARD you. The higher amount you donate, the bigger and better the rewards are. The amount is up to you.

Independent artists don't need record labels these days in order to be successful, but we DO need a team of support around us. Record labels have a machine of people working together to make an artist achieve a high level of success. In today's music industry, the fans and supporters are replacing the labels and taking indie artists to new heights. Think of this like YOU being the machine that is helping me to reach a higher level of success.



Why I Decided to do Patreon:


I am very lucky to make a living from my music. For the past 10 years that I've been releasing music professionally, my husband and I have fully funded ALL of my music projects without asking for any outside help or having investors or record labels. And I will continue to go forward and create and release new beautiful music and albums regardless of Patreon.  It's my joy and purpose. 

But I also really want to GROW my reach and let MORE people to know about my music. And this is where I need a team of support behind me.


I have spent considerable time researching the best way for ME to get my music out to the masses more.  Every artist is different - some tour, some gig, but for ME personally and what works for my lifestyle and genre of music is to utilize the visual media platforms.

MUSIC VIDEOS ARE THE NEW BLACK.

And I plan to soon launch my YouTube channel in a way that I haven't ever done before - by releasing MORE performance-based music videos on a consistent basis.



Music videos are wonderful for drawing in NEW fans, getting my music into the ears of more people,  introducing my music to more people, and not to mention creating music in a visual art form.   BUT music videos also come at a BONUS COST above and beyond the usual album budget and without much financial return to the artist.

WHY?

I produce an album ----> Fans buy my album.


I produce a music video ----> Fans watch it on Youtube for FREE.


I actually LOVE making music videos because I think very visually when I compose my music. My DREAM and "big-picture vision" for my music is to perform for the world through my music videos.  But I need YOUR help to continue doing this.

Explanation of "Per Month" vs. "Per Video":


I've chosen the "per month" method to help with the initial start-up. Most "Youtubers" release content multiple times per month and so they choose "per video" method (so if you donate $1 per video, and they release 4 videos per month, you pay $4 per month). Since I'm just getting started and my initial music video release rate will be slower in the beginning (first video isn't planned for release until December), a "per video" method doesn't make sense at this point as it would take me several months from now to earn even a $1 donation level for 1 video release - which makes it harder for me to fund videos (the whole point of this). Later on as I'm filming more consistently, I'll change to "per video".

Where Your Money Goes:



Let's get down to the nitty-gritty, because I think it's important that YOU know where YOUR support is going. 

- Paying for a Quality Cinematographer.  I aim to only put out professional top quality work, so I only use quality seasoned cinematographers. The cinematographer is one of the most important people in the crew.  

- Buying and Acquiring Film Equipment. While in the past, I've hired all of my cinematographers, we also want to do a portion of my music videos "In House". Many of you know my husband, Will, is quite talented behind a camera.  Going forward, he will be stepping up into a cinematographer role in many of my music videos.  Right now, we have limited equipment, but still need to acquire several more items like a new camera, stabilizer, lenses, lighting, and more.  We've have been renting whatever equipment we don't currently have, but the goal is to acquire and own.

- Props. Sometimes props are donated, but other times we have to buy or have custom-made. 

- Wardrobe, Hair, Make-up.  Finding the right costume/dress, and hiring a hair and make-up artist for the people involved in the video can add up, but it is an important necessity to achieve a professional "look" in the video. These are the things that people remember about videos - it's what makes up the colors, the vibe, the art, and more.

- Paying for Crew Members.  There are MANY people that work behind the scenes to make a successful film, including a film editor, director, colorist, drone operators, camera assistant, food prep.

- Paying for Talent.  I like to be able to pay the talent I use in my videos like dancers, singers, instrumentalists. I have an upcoming video where I will be using a full orchestra and each member of the group is paid individually per hour. Just things like this start to really add up to the overall cost in a quality video.

- Paying for Venue rentals, and Location permits. Locations don't usually come for free. When we filmed my "Alleluia" video, I had to rent out the Bastyr Cathedral for the day at a very hefty fee ($$$$).  Sometimes park permits can cost $$$ to film on location.  

- Small Details. Even things like buying food for the crew while we shoot, gas for cars to travel between locations, and little things like this that come up.

Examples of My Work:


Last of all, to show you the quality of work I aim for, here are few of my past-released music videos. I'm extremely proud of these.






Recent posts by Jennifer Thomas

Tiers
You're Just Happy to Be Here Tier!
$1 or more per month
  • Access to my Patreon Activity Feed where I will answer questions & comments, post pictures/videos and keep you updated on new projects.

Happy to See Videos First Tier!
$5 or more per month
  • Access to my Patreon News Feed
  • See my new music videos FIRST at least 1 full day before anyone else (sometimes even several days before I release to the public).
  • Be included in the video credits!

Happy to Get Some Free Downloads Tier!
$10 or more per month
  • A FREE download of 4 of Jennifer's songs.
  • Plus everything above!
Happy to Google Hangout Teir!
$25 or more per month
  • Everything above!
  • An invitation to join in a once-a-quarter Google Hangout - where I will chat with you, answer questions, tell you about upcoming projects and get to know you!
  • A surprise package mailed to you sometime during the year from me!

Happy to be on the Video Consult Team Tier!
$50 or more per month
  • Everything above!
  • Be on my "Music Video Consult Team". You will be part of a special email list of individuals I bounce ideas off of for upcoming projects, music, albums, videos and get your input and ideas (please provide me with your email address!).
  • An autographed CD of your choice


VERY Happy to Be Here and Get Cool Stuff Tier
$100 or more per month
Wow, THANK YOU for getting to this level and supporting me. I really want to reward you for your generosity. Support me for at least 6 months at this level and you get:
  • Everything above!
  • A personal video message from me to you. It can be holiday, birthday or whatever! You pick.
  • All 4 of my albums personally autographed to you
  • A signed photo especially for you
  • I will send you a personalized birthday and Christmas card in the mail with my favorite chocolate included. (send me your address).


EXTREMELY Happy to Be Here and get WAY Cool Stuff Tier!
$150 or more per month
YOWZA!!!  You are someone who really, really, REALLY wants to see me make this work. You support the arts, you're passionate, and you have a big heart. I appreciate your generosity and support for my videos. This is the HUGE MECCA OF ALL REWARD PACKAGES, so there is a limited amount.  I put a lot of thought into this one - so if you're here, THANK YOU x a million.

Support me at this level for at least 8 months, and get:
  • EVERYTHING above...which by now is a LOT.
  • A personal invitation to join me ON SET for the filming of one of my music videos (you provide your travel, I provide an incredible VIP experience).

Support me for for 12 months at this level, in ADDITION, you also get:
  • Appear as an EXTRA in one of my videos.
  • Have your hair and make-up done on set the day of filming - by my professional make-up artist, Noelle McBride - so you look amazing, beautiful, and confident in my video as my extra!  A valuable package all in it's own.
  • A hand-crafted (made by me) personalized piece of original sheet music (song of your choice) on large manuscript paper, tea-stained and autographed by me.
      

PROPS To YOU! Tier (Limited)
$250 or more per month
I'm offering 3 very special props from my recent music video ("Beauty and the Beast").


- Yellow/gold Jeweled high heels (DeBlossom brand), size 10. Worn one time - in my B&TB video on stage at the Paramount Theater with my Belle yellow gown.


- Authentic limited-edition porcelain fine china Mrs. Potts and Chip tea set (from the live action film).  Only 2,000 made by Disney and I got one of them.  You can't buy this from the Disney store anymore.  Worth over $500 all by itself.


- Perlstoft gold bracelet - made from Swarovski crystals.


Requirements for tier:  6 month commitment at this tier.