Jenny LaJoyeis creating music. and other kinds of defiant noise.
You are a mass of bumblebees, or the soothing voice of a parental figure humming me into peaceful dreams. Thank you. You matter.
- You'll get my patron-only posts and access to the patron-only feed, which is basically a mini-blog and community forum where everything gets posted and talked about.
- Downloads of larger projects are also yours, along with my heart.
$5 a month is a big deal, and so are you. You're making some really notable noise.
- As above, you'll get access to the patron-only feed, which is where everything gets posted and talked about, AND...
- you'll get mp3 downloads of everything downloadable, including my full #songwritingfriday songs, only 60 seconds of which I share publicly on instagram.
This is a truly noisy investment, and I hear you. And I'm grateful, so I'm offering some of my most awkward noise in return. Along with all of the above (patron-only feed, mp3 downloads)...
- You're invited to monthly livestreams with me, during which we'll hang, ask and answer questions, I'll take song requests and maybe run some new ideas by you...all in the comfort of our PJs (this is a requirement)
- You'll get some of my secret voice memos, consisting of pre-finished songs, guitar riffs that aren't anything yet, me mumbling nonsense melodies into my phone in the middle of the night...all that embarrassing stuff that turns to gold later.
About Jenny LaJoye
Welcome to LaJoyeful Noise! Too cheesy? Or just cheesy enough..?
This Patreon is home for a community of Noisemakers. It's a place where we make music - or other kinds of noise - in the pursuit of defiant joy. We make art that resists apathy by igniting empathy.
This has been a long time coming for me. I started writing songs about a decade ago, and since then, I've released an EP and two albums, run a kickstarter, written the blog posts, sent the email newsletters, played the live shows (dear god have I played the shows), played the livestreams, shared the weekly #songwritingfriday songs, opened a listening room music venue for my local community of songwriters in Denver...and this one time, I even made a youtube series consisting of me singing songs inspired by other people's creative endeavors (it was embarrassing and amazing!). All of these things have been efforts to increase transparency and foster genuine human connection. No matter what I've done, though, I just can't seem to get close enough to my people.
More recently, I've been inspired by the likes of Amanda Palmer and Brandi Carlile (one of whom you can and should find right here on Patreon) who have cultivated amazing communities with their fans, who in turn support and empower one another to do amazing work. Queen Brandi just won a few Grammys and still manages to mobilize her people on a grassroots level to give each other a hand in paying for tickets to her concerts (and other life expenses). This is a model ethos for me. It's resource-sharing at its best. It benefits everyone.
Patreon is a platform that will help me cultivate that kind of community, and to do so sustainably. It isn't a one-time project fundraising effort like Kickstarter. Instead, it offers patrons an opportunity to invest in a longterm, collaborative relationship with me and the music I create, and for any amount of money that is feasible for you (see all the tier options!).
Here's how it works: you subscribe, so a certain amount of money comes out of your account monthly; that money goes directly to me; I use that money to 1) pay my bills and 2) pay for music equipment, band members, photography, videography, and all other music-related expenses; I spend less hours at my desk job and more hours making things for you; I share inside info, ahead-of-time concert and tour dates, behind-the-scenes blogs and vlogs, livestreams, songwriting sessions, voice memos of baby songs, polls for your opinions about important things...all RIGHT HERE and exclusively on Patreon; and YOU get to give me feedback, ask questions, and actively collaborate with me on my art.
I want to write more songs, release more things, and perform in more places at an ever-increasing rate because I believe that when we make a defiantly joyful noise - particularly through art - we make people feel something again in a world gone defensively numb. I think noisemaking is a movement that starts in the smallest, most vulnerable places, and that we can amplify those places and people and experiences when we work together. I want us to hear each other better, and this is the best way I know how to do that.
Will you be my patron? Will you make noise with me?
All my love, gratitude, and excitement,