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BEFORE I SAY ANYTHING ELSE ABOUT ANYTHING, I WANT TO LET YOU KNOW THAT STARTING IN 2018, I INTEND TO GIVE 5% OF EVERYTHING I RECEIVE FROM PATREON (AFTER THEY TAKE THEIR SMALL CUT) TO THE EFFECTIVE ALTRUISM FUNDS. YOU CAN CHECK THEM OUT HERE: EFFECTIVE ALTRUISM FUNDS. EFFECTIVE ALTRUISM, THE ORGANIZATION BEHIND THE FUNDS, IS DEDICATED TO USING RESEARCH AND STATISTICS TO DETERMINE THE BEST USE OF CHARITABLE DONATIONS AND HELP THOSE WHO WANT TO GIVE TO DO THE MOST POSSIBLE GOOD WITH THEIR MONEY.  I'M VERY EXCITED ABOUT THIS NEW WRINKLE IN MY PATREON WORLD.  HOPE YOU ARE, TOO.  

AND NOW THAT THAT'S OUT OF THE WAY....

Hello patrons, potential patrons, curious others, and people who ended up here totally by happy (or not so happy) accident.  My name is Josh Kaufman, which is why it says "Josh Kaufman" at the top of the page, which is why saying "My name is Josh Kaufman" at the beginning of this sentence was mostly- perhaps completely- unnecessary.  But you know, rather than bother with the backspace button, I'm just going to leave it and stop rambling about it.  Anyway, this is my Patreon page.


ABOUT PATREON:

"What is Patreon?" you ask?  Well, Patreon is a magical internet land created by talented musician and entrepreneur, Jack Conte. In the land of Patreon, superfluous industry middlemen don't exist.  It's just you and the artists you love, connecting directly with one another. (Moving on without the "magical land" metaphor...) Patreon is a bit like crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, but instead of a one time donation for a big project, you're committing to give an amount of your choice per release over an extended period of time.  You can set a monthly maximum, so you never pay more than you want.  And don't worry, you can back out whenever you want.


WHY PATREON?:

For better or worse, most music is free or nearly free now, if you want it to be.  That's the reality.  And, as a musician, I can either choose to rail against that reality, or figure out how best to live with it.  There are, of course some advantages to the current system; for instance, it's much easier to reach a bigger audience without the help of a major label.  The obvious downside, however, is of course that it can be REALLY HARD to make a living making free music, and eventually it can become absolutely unsustainable.  Enter Patreon.  Patreon offers a place where an artist (me) can ask a listener (you) to contribute voluntarily to my ongoing creative output. Yes, you'll still be able to find and listen to my music for free, if you want to.  And yes, I'll be happy that you're listening to it, regardless.  But my hope is that some of you will choose to be a part of this community here on Patreon and support me, not because you have to, but because you want to.


BUT JOSH, DIDN'T YOU SAY YOU WERE SHUTTING DOWN YOUR PATREON PAGE?

Uh... well... yes.  But after giving it a good deal of thought and doing some talking, and reading, and learning over the last few months, I realized a couple of things.  First, I really had no idea how to run this page and make it work, and I didn't use it even remotely to its fullest potential. Sorry for that.  I'll be better.  Second, I really believe in this way of doing things.  I think that, given the current reality of the music business, this is what makes the most sense.


SO, WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM YOU ON PATREON?

First and foremost, you can expect engagement and community.  I will be posting A LOT here, and I hope lots of you will too.  I want to know what you think.  I want to let you know what I'm thinking.  I expect this to be the place where I connect the most with people, because if you're on this Patreon feed, then you're directly supporting me and making what I do possible, and just all in all giving more of a damn about me than the vast majority of other people are. And I appreciate that.

As for what content you can expect, the paid posts will be videos and I intend to release those every other Saturday, so if you commit to giving an amount per video, you can plan on that amount being charged every other week - no more, no less.  


WHAT WILL THAT MONEY GO TOWARDS

Well... everything.  It will make it possible to continue making videos.  It will help me produce more music.  It will make collaborations possible.  It will allow me to pay people to help with aspects of production.  By becoming a patron, you will be making the whole thing happen. And as I mentioned at the top, 5% of what I get from Patreon (after they take a minimal cut) will go to the Effective Altruism Funds.  

So, thank you.  A lot.


Rewards
PATREON FEED
$1 or more per song/video
It just takes a dollar per video to get involved. And I absolutely appreciate you for jumping on board. At this level, you get access to the patron-only activity feed where I share exclusive updates, you can stream each new video, and you can share your thoughts and ideas and we can all make it happen together. Sound good? Good. 


TEMPORARY BONUS: If you sign up at this or any other level before Feb 15, you'll get your name in the liner notes of my next album release.

MUSIC TO KEEP
$3 or more per song/video
Ok, you've chosen to take it up a notch. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! At this level you'll get your own digital, keepable, audio copy of the songs I release here on Patreon. Plus, you'll get the $1 reward.
ORIGINAL MUSIC
$5 or more per song/video
Wow. This is a lot of support. As thanks, how about some original music? If you support me at this level you get access to digital copies of all the original music I release as a solo artist (not necessarily side projects) before the rest of the world. And, of course you get all rewards from the $1 and $3 levels.
COVER SONGS, LIVE STREAMS, EXCLUSIVE EMAILS
$10 or more per song/video
Ten dollars, eh? That is extremely generous of you. You're really helping me make things happen. So, at this level, I'm going to give you digital copies of all cover songs that I release, early notification of any live streams that I do, and exclusive monthly emails that might include anything from early versions of songs, to ideas about future projects, to my current philosophical musings. Thanks so much for your support! Oh, almost forgot to mention that you get everything from all three previous levels, too.
VIDEOS, REMIX STEMS, NAME IN VIDEO CREDITS
$25 or more per song/video
At this level, you're really opening up possibilities for me and I appreciate you more than you know. For that, I'm going to make sure you have your own keepable digital copy of all of the videos I make as paid Patreon releases. PLUS... three times a year you'll get stem tracks from one of my original songs to use for remixing, sampling, or whatever. PLUS... you're kind of like my producers at this point, so prepare to see your name in the credits of my videos. PLUS... all previous rewards... of course.
GUEST LIST, SIGNED PHYSICAL COPIES
$100 or more per song/video
Alright... are you kidding me? This is amazing. You are amazing. You are going above and beyond and I can't even begin to adequately thank you. A thousand thanks to you (still not enough). If you're willing to make this sort of investment in what I'm doing, I want to make sure you're there when I'm doing it, so I'm putting you on the guest list for up to 3 shows per year. Just let me know which show you want to come to and as long as I can make it happen (which should usually be possible), you're in. Also, I want you to have a signed physical copy of any albums I release. And, of course, you get all the lower tier rewards, as well. Again: Thank you.


TEMPORARY BONUS:  Sign up at this level before February 15, and you will be given executive producer credit on the back cover of my next album!

EVERYTHING
$500 or more per song/video
All the music, all the videos, everything, whatever. Everything from all of the other levels, plus more, more, more. You are the angel investor, the benevolent benefactor, the patron (or matron) saint of patrons. We'll talk. Maybe you can come out to a video shoot, or sit in on a studio session, or write a song with me. Whatever. We'll figure it out. You are appreciated. You will be thanked........Thanks.
Goals
47 of 100 patrons
Once we get to 100 patrons, I will do a video of me performing a folk-rock version of the timeless classic, "Ice, Ice, Baby".  No, I'm not kidding.  Yes, I'm aware that it's ridiculous.  No, you don't want to miss it.  Yes, you should tell your friends to sign up.
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BEFORE I SAY ANYTHING ELSE ABOUT ANYTHING, I WANT TO LET YOU KNOW THAT STARTING IN 2018, I INTEND TO GIVE 5% OF EVERYTHING I RECEIVE FROM PATREON (AFTER THEY TAKE THEIR SMALL CUT) TO THE EFFECTIVE ALTRUISM FUNDS. YOU CAN CHECK THEM OUT HERE: EFFECTIVE ALTRUISM FUNDS. EFFECTIVE ALTRUISM, THE ORGANIZATION BEHIND THE FUNDS, IS DEDICATED TO USING RESEARCH AND STATISTICS TO DETERMINE THE BEST USE OF CHARITABLE DONATIONS AND HELP THOSE WHO WANT TO GIVE TO DO THE MOST POSSIBLE GOOD WITH THEIR MONEY.  I'M VERY EXCITED ABOUT THIS NEW WRINKLE IN MY PATREON WORLD.  HOPE YOU ARE, TOO.  

AND NOW THAT THAT'S OUT OF THE WAY....

Hello patrons, potential patrons, curious others, and people who ended up here totally by happy (or not so happy) accident.  My name is Josh Kaufman, which is why it says "Josh Kaufman" at the top of the page, which is why saying "My name is Josh Kaufman" at the beginning of this sentence was mostly- perhaps completely- unnecessary.  But you know, rather than bother with the backspace button, I'm just going to leave it and stop rambling about it.  Anyway, this is my Patreon page.


ABOUT PATREON:

"What is Patreon?" you ask?  Well, Patreon is a magical internet land created by talented musician and entrepreneur, Jack Conte. In the land of Patreon, superfluous industry middlemen don't exist.  It's just you and the artists you love, connecting directly with one another. (Moving on without the "magical land" metaphor...) Patreon is a bit like crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, but instead of a one time donation for a big project, you're committing to give an amount of your choice per release over an extended period of time.  You can set a monthly maximum, so you never pay more than you want.  And don't worry, you can back out whenever you want.


WHY PATREON?:

For better or worse, most music is free or nearly free now, if you want it to be.  That's the reality.  And, as a musician, I can either choose to rail against that reality, or figure out how best to live with it.  There are, of course some advantages to the current system; for instance, it's much easier to reach a bigger audience without the help of a major label.  The obvious downside, however, is of course that it can be REALLY HARD to make a living making free music, and eventually it can become absolutely unsustainable.  Enter Patreon.  Patreon offers a place where an artist (me) can ask a listener (you) to contribute voluntarily to my ongoing creative output. Yes, you'll still be able to find and listen to my music for free, if you want to.  And yes, I'll be happy that you're listening to it, regardless.  But my hope is that some of you will choose to be a part of this community here on Patreon and support me, not because you have to, but because you want to.


BUT JOSH, DIDN'T YOU SAY YOU WERE SHUTTING DOWN YOUR PATREON PAGE?

Uh... well... yes.  But after giving it a good deal of thought and doing some talking, and reading, and learning over the last few months, I realized a couple of things.  First, I really had no idea how to run this page and make it work, and I didn't use it even remotely to its fullest potential. Sorry for that.  I'll be better.  Second, I really believe in this way of doing things.  I think that, given the current reality of the music business, this is what makes the most sense.


SO, WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM YOU ON PATREON?

First and foremost, you can expect engagement and community.  I will be posting A LOT here, and I hope lots of you will too.  I want to know what you think.  I want to let you know what I'm thinking.  I expect this to be the place where I connect the most with people, because if you're on this Patreon feed, then you're directly supporting me and making what I do possible, and just all in all giving more of a damn about me than the vast majority of other people are. And I appreciate that.

As for what content you can expect, the paid posts will be videos and I intend to release those every other Saturday, so if you commit to giving an amount per video, you can plan on that amount being charged every other week - no more, no less.  


WHAT WILL THAT MONEY GO TOWARDS

Well... everything.  It will make it possible to continue making videos.  It will help me produce more music.  It will make collaborations possible.  It will allow me to pay people to help with aspects of production.  By becoming a patron, you will be making the whole thing happen. And as I mentioned at the top, 5% of what I get from Patreon (after they take a minimal cut) will go to the Effective Altruism Funds.  

So, thank you.  A lot.


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Rewards
PATREON FEED
$1 or more per song/video
It just takes a dollar per video to get involved. And I absolutely appreciate you for jumping on board. At this level, you get access to the patron-only activity feed where I share exclusive updates, you can stream each new video, and you can share your thoughts and ideas and we can all make it happen together. Sound good? Good. 


TEMPORARY BONUS: If you sign up at this or any other level before Feb 15, you'll get your name in the liner notes of my next album release.

MUSIC TO KEEP
$3 or more per song/video
Ok, you've chosen to take it up a notch. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! At this level you'll get your own digital, keepable, audio copy of the songs I release here on Patreon. Plus, you'll get the $1 reward.
ORIGINAL MUSIC
$5 or more per song/video
Wow. This is a lot of support. As thanks, how about some original music? If you support me at this level you get access to digital copies of all the original music I release as a solo artist (not necessarily side projects) before the rest of the world. And, of course you get all rewards from the $1 and $3 levels.
COVER SONGS, LIVE STREAMS, EXCLUSIVE EMAILS
$10 or more per song/video
Ten dollars, eh? That is extremely generous of you. You're really helping me make things happen. So, at this level, I'm going to give you digital copies of all cover songs that I release, early notification of any live streams that I do, and exclusive monthly emails that might include anything from early versions of songs, to ideas about future projects, to my current philosophical musings. Thanks so much for your support! Oh, almost forgot to mention that you get everything from all three previous levels, too.
VIDEOS, REMIX STEMS, NAME IN VIDEO CREDITS
$25 or more per song/video
At this level, you're really opening up possibilities for me and I appreciate you more than you know. For that, I'm going to make sure you have your own keepable digital copy of all of the videos I make as paid Patreon releases. PLUS... three times a year you'll get stem tracks from one of my original songs to use for remixing, sampling, or whatever. PLUS... you're kind of like my producers at this point, so prepare to see your name in the credits of my videos. PLUS... all previous rewards... of course.
GUEST LIST, SIGNED PHYSICAL COPIES
$100 or more per song/video
Alright... are you kidding me? This is amazing. You are amazing. You are going above and beyond and I can't even begin to adequately thank you. A thousand thanks to you (still not enough). If you're willing to make this sort of investment in what I'm doing, I want to make sure you're there when I'm doing it, so I'm putting you on the guest list for up to 3 shows per year. Just let me know which show you want to come to and as long as I can make it happen (which should usually be possible), you're in. Also, I want you to have a signed physical copy of any albums I release. And, of course, you get all the lower tier rewards, as well. Again: Thank you.


TEMPORARY BONUS:  Sign up at this level before February 15, and you will be given executive producer credit on the back cover of my next album!

EVERYTHING
$500 or more per song/video
All the music, all the videos, everything, whatever. Everything from all of the other levels, plus more, more, more. You are the angel investor, the benevolent benefactor, the patron (or matron) saint of patrons. We'll talk. Maybe you can come out to a video shoot, or sit in on a studio session, or write a song with me. Whatever. We'll figure it out. You are appreciated. You will be thanked........Thanks.