Maeve Marsden is creating Comedy, Cabaret, Storytelling & Live Music
86

patrons

$862
per month
Hi, I’m Maeve and I’m a producer, writer, performer and theatremaker. I considered writing all of this in the third person like a bio someone had written about a famous person but, let’s be honest, I’m not famous. I do, however, coordinate, produce, create, whatever-you-call-it a bunch of shows and projects that people seem to enjoy.

What do I do?
  • I produce and host Queerstories, a monthly LGBTQI storytelling night and podcast. Queerstories runs monthly Giant Dwarf in Sydney, every other month in Melbourne at Howler, and twice a year at Brisbane Powerhouse. I am publishing an anthology of Queerstories stories with Hachette, due for release August 28, and in 2019 I plan to take the event to other capital cities and regional areas.
  • I co-created and perform in Mother’s Ruin: A Cabaret about Gin, directed Anthea Williams and produced by MILKE (Aus) and Nicholas Clark Management (UK/US). Mother's Ruin has been performing sold out shows for nearly two years, including a completely sold out Edinburgh Festival Fringe season, plus Sydney Festival, Sydney Opera House, London Underbelly Festival, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Perth Fringe World, Adelaide Fringe, Hobart Spiegeltent, Wollongong Spiegeltent, Melbourne Cabaret Festival, Festival of Voices and more. Mother's Ruin has been nominated for Best Cabaret, Perth Fringe; Best Writing, Green Room Awards; and Best Cabaret, Sydney Theatre Awards.
  • I produce Lady Sings it Better, a feminist cabaret act that’s been touring about the place for 7 years now. We’ve made a bunch of videos and we perform heaps. The show features Libby Wood, Anna Martin, Annaliese Szota, Fiona Pearson, Lauren Allison and Hannah James. We won Best Cabaret at Sydney Fringe so other people think we’re good too.
  • I co-produce and perform in Jagged Little Singalong (the Alanis Morrisette tribute you never knew you needed) and Spice! A Singalong. I play Sporty Spice. It's ridiculous.
  • I perform a LOT with Libby Wood (and we take a heap of selfies), so you’ll see a lot of her here. She’s in Lady and Mother’s Ruin, but we also do gigs as a duo, Marsden&Wood, for corporate or charity or variety nights (and we made a show called Fat Calamity Jane one time).
  • Oh and I do a bunch of ad hoc creative things, like shows for the City of Sydney, women’s comedy nights, cabaret variety nights and arts events.
Over the years, I’ve collaborated on loads of creative endeavours, but always in pursuit of telling stories through music and humour, and always with a feminist, progressive and queer eye for the arts. We’ve won awards, gotten great reviews and had an amazing time.

All this has been possible because of other people’s energy, passion, generosity and willingness to experiment. Musicians, artists, photographers, hairdressers, designers, vocal directors and more have donated their time. Audiences have returned to see our shows time and again, providing much needed enthusiastic (and at times critical) feedback. I feel incredibly lucky and happy.

But – and this will come as no surprise to anyone who knows a working artist – money is always tough. At times, it’s prohibitive. Launching this Patreon has given me the opportunity to do so much more with my work and I am keen to build it so that I can make more stuff that people like!

I’ll be honest about what it costs to put these shows together, in the hope that some of you will become ‘patrons’ of my work. I’ll tell you my current financial situation, what I could achieve were I to have a growing monthly income for my company, and what I’ll give you in return for your hard-earned cash.

How things are now:
I produce as a sole trader with performers I contract taking a fee. This is to say, I am financially responsible for our exploits. Slowly I’ve been able to increase artist fees and I am proud to say that in 2017 shows generated as much money for other artists as they did for me, which is to say I paid myself a salary and then I spent that amount of money again on fees for other artists.
  • I used to rehearse in my lounge room but Patreon funds have allowed me to start hiring rehearsal space. 
  • A lot of my contractors (publicist, photographer, designer) work for reduced rates, but since launching Patreon I’ve been able to do some great professional photoshoots for our shows.
  • Mother's Ruin went on a 6 week tour to the Edinburgh Fringe, as well as London, Bristol and Birmingham, and Patreon money paid for upfront costs and living expenses for Libby and I.
  • Libby has spent god knows how much money on props, kazoos and novelty hats, but Patreon money bought us new costumes for Mother’s Ruin and Lady Sings it Better.
  • The current income supports basic costs (insurance, web hosting etc), but it still doesn’t allow me to undertake larger projects like recording, making regular videos, extensive touring or industry standard fees for performers. 
How things could be:
With your patr(e)onage, I could make more work, take more risks, tour more, collaborate with more artists and support myself while I'm at it. Essentially, you'd see your venues filled with more comedy and cabaret and the artists you enjoy watching would be fairly compensated for their talents and work. And we could record more songs and make more videos.

What you’ll get:
Different pledge levels get different perks, which include recordings, podcast subscriptions, discount tickets, merchandise, personalised videos, performances and more. All supporters get access to regular patron-only posts with videos and recordings, ticket giveaways to shows and more. Oh, and if you tell us something you want, we’ll probably give it to you!

IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING CURRENCY:
Patreon is a US site, so it works with US dollars. You'll be charged in US$ so an odd amount will come out of your account each month. We've set our pledges at approximate conversions of what we need in order to make our work happen. Contact us if anything is unclear.
Tiers
Critical mass
$1 or more per month 31 patrons
$1 per person is all I need to make this work. You’ll get a shout out on social media, the Queerstories podcast and a subscription to our patron-only feed. We'll also have ad hoc Patreon perks like discount codes, afterparty invites and more. It’s just $12 per year (see, I can do maths and art!).
Queerstories lovers
$4 or more per month 36 patrons
You’ll get the $1 perks AND any songs we record for the shows as a free download. These patrons will also receive a 10% off Queerstories discount code. ($5AUS)
10 x 10
$8 or more per month 15 patrons
As well as shout-outs and recordings, for each show we produce, we’ll release 10 x $10 tickets available (price will have additional booking fees dependent on venue). If you donate $10AUS per month, you’ll go on an exclusive list who will receive the discount code for those tickets. We’ll email out the code and the first 10 donors to book will get the tickets. ($10AUS)
NB: Discounts are only for shows I produce eg Queerstories and Fringe shows – if a show is booked by a festival or venue and they are footing the bill, I won’t be able to offer discounts.
You make it happen!
$20 or more per month 12 patrons
Amazing! If you donate $25AUS or more per month, we’ll email you a discount code to all of our self-produced gigs. We’ll also send you a Lady Sings it Better t-shirt / mug / hoodie / bag in a style and size you choose.
NB: Discounts are only for shows I produce eg Queerstories and Fringe shows – if a show is booked by a festival or venue and they are footing the bill, I won’t be able to offer discounts.
Double trouble
$40 or more per month 12 of 20 patrons
Hey big spender! You get a double pass to use at any shows I produce throughout the year – with monthly shows, you’re basically making money!
NB: Free tickets are only for shows I produce eg Queerstories and Fringe shows – if a show is booked by a festival or venue and they are footing the bill, I won’t be able to offer discounts.($50AUS)
Artist/Producer support or mentorship
$75 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
You'll get an hour per month of support for your work, as a coffee date or skype date. We can talk creative plans, budgets, marketing, festival applications, I can review your press releases, whatever you want. I've been producing and performing work for the past 8 years, making a full time living out of it for 3 years, and I have a lot of experience to share. ($100AUS)
TAKE IT, TAKE IT ALL
$200 or more per month 0 patrons
Look. You can pretty much have whatever you want. As well as ALL OF THE ABOVE, you can have a private concert once a year. We’ll sing, we’ll cook for you and your friends, we’ll drink gin and be merry to celebrate your amazing generosity. ($250AUS)
Goals
$862 of $1,000 per month
With $1000 per month, I could increase the fees I pay Queerstories performers. If we hit this goal, Libby and I will save up the funds to record an EP and ALL our Patreon donors would get downloads of the tunes.
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Hi, I’m Maeve and I’m a producer, writer, performer and theatremaker. I considered writing all of this in the third person like a bio someone had written about a famous person but, let’s be honest, I’m not famous. I do, however, coordinate, produce, create, whatever-you-call-it a bunch of shows and projects that people seem to enjoy.

What do I do?
  • I produce and host Queerstories, a monthly LGBTQI storytelling night and podcast. Queerstories runs monthly Giant Dwarf in Sydney, every other month in Melbourne at Howler, and twice a year at Brisbane Powerhouse. I am publishing an anthology of Queerstories stories with Hachette, due for release August 28, and in 2019 I plan to take the event to other capital cities and regional areas.
  • I co-created and perform in Mother’s Ruin: A Cabaret about Gin, directed Anthea Williams and produced by MILKE (Aus) and Nicholas Clark Management (UK/US). Mother's Ruin has been performing sold out shows for nearly two years, including a completely sold out Edinburgh Festival Fringe season, plus Sydney Festival, Sydney Opera House, London Underbelly Festival, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Perth Fringe World, Adelaide Fringe, Hobart Spiegeltent, Wollongong Spiegeltent, Melbourne Cabaret Festival, Festival of Voices and more. Mother's Ruin has been nominated for Best Cabaret, Perth Fringe; Best Writing, Green Room Awards; and Best Cabaret, Sydney Theatre Awards.
  • I produce Lady Sings it Better, a feminist cabaret act that’s been touring about the place for 7 years now. We’ve made a bunch of videos and we perform heaps. The show features Libby Wood, Anna Martin, Annaliese Szota, Fiona Pearson, Lauren Allison and Hannah James. We won Best Cabaret at Sydney Fringe so other people think we’re good too.
  • I co-produce and perform in Jagged Little Singalong (the Alanis Morrisette tribute you never knew you needed) and Spice! A Singalong. I play Sporty Spice. It's ridiculous.
  • I perform a LOT with Libby Wood (and we take a heap of selfies), so you’ll see a lot of her here. She’s in Lady and Mother’s Ruin, but we also do gigs as a duo, Marsden&Wood, for corporate or charity or variety nights (and we made a show called Fat Calamity Jane one time).
  • Oh and I do a bunch of ad hoc creative things, like shows for the City of Sydney, women’s comedy nights, cabaret variety nights and arts events.
Over the years, I’ve collaborated on loads of creative endeavours, but always in pursuit of telling stories through music and humour, and always with a feminist, progressive and queer eye for the arts. We’ve won awards, gotten great reviews and had an amazing time.

All this has been possible because of other people’s energy, passion, generosity and willingness to experiment. Musicians, artists, photographers, hairdressers, designers, vocal directors and more have donated their time. Audiences have returned to see our shows time and again, providing much needed enthusiastic (and at times critical) feedback. I feel incredibly lucky and happy.

But – and this will come as no surprise to anyone who knows a working artist – money is always tough. At times, it’s prohibitive. Launching this Patreon has given me the opportunity to do so much more with my work and I am keen to build it so that I can make more stuff that people like!

I’ll be honest about what it costs to put these shows together, in the hope that some of you will become ‘patrons’ of my work. I’ll tell you my current financial situation, what I could achieve were I to have a growing monthly income for my company, and what I’ll give you in return for your hard-earned cash.

How things are now:
I produce as a sole trader with performers I contract taking a fee. This is to say, I am financially responsible for our exploits. Slowly I’ve been able to increase artist fees and I am proud to say that in 2017 shows generated as much money for other artists as they did for me, which is to say I paid myself a salary and then I spent that amount of money again on fees for other artists.
  • I used to rehearse in my lounge room but Patreon funds have allowed me to start hiring rehearsal space. 
  • A lot of my contractors (publicist, photographer, designer) work for reduced rates, but since launching Patreon I’ve been able to do some great professional photoshoots for our shows.
  • Mother's Ruin went on a 6 week tour to the Edinburgh Fringe, as well as London, Bristol and Birmingham, and Patreon money paid for upfront costs and living expenses for Libby and I.
  • Libby has spent god knows how much money on props, kazoos and novelty hats, but Patreon money bought us new costumes for Mother’s Ruin and Lady Sings it Better.
  • The current income supports basic costs (insurance, web hosting etc), but it still doesn’t allow me to undertake larger projects like recording, making regular videos, extensive touring or industry standard fees for performers. 
How things could be:
With your patr(e)onage, I could make more work, take more risks, tour more, collaborate with more artists and support myself while I'm at it. Essentially, you'd see your venues filled with more comedy and cabaret and the artists you enjoy watching would be fairly compensated for their talents and work. And we could record more songs and make more videos.

What you’ll get:
Different pledge levels get different perks, which include recordings, podcast subscriptions, discount tickets, merchandise, personalised videos, performances and more. All supporters get access to regular patron-only posts with videos and recordings, ticket giveaways to shows and more. Oh, and if you tell us something you want, we’ll probably give it to you!

IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING CURRENCY:
Patreon is a US site, so it works with US dollars. You'll be charged in US$ so an odd amount will come out of your account each month. We've set our pledges at approximate conversions of what we need in order to make our work happen. Contact us if anything is unclear.

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Tiers
Critical mass
$1 or more per month 31 patrons
$1 per person is all I need to make this work. You’ll get a shout out on social media, the Queerstories podcast and a subscription to our patron-only feed. We'll also have ad hoc Patreon perks like discount codes, afterparty invites and more. It’s just $12 per year (see, I can do maths and art!).
Queerstories lovers
$4 or more per month 36 patrons
You’ll get the $1 perks AND any songs we record for the shows as a free download. These patrons will also receive a 10% off Queerstories discount code. ($5AUS)
10 x 10
$8 or more per month 15 patrons
As well as shout-outs and recordings, for each show we produce, we’ll release 10 x $10 tickets available (price will have additional booking fees dependent on venue). If you donate $10AUS per month, you’ll go on an exclusive list who will receive the discount code for those tickets. We’ll email out the code and the first 10 donors to book will get the tickets. ($10AUS)
NB: Discounts are only for shows I produce eg Queerstories and Fringe shows – if a show is booked by a festival or venue and they are footing the bill, I won’t be able to offer discounts.
You make it happen!
$20 or more per month 12 patrons
Amazing! If you donate $25AUS or more per month, we’ll email you a discount code to all of our self-produced gigs. We’ll also send you a Lady Sings it Better t-shirt / mug / hoodie / bag in a style and size you choose.
NB: Discounts are only for shows I produce eg Queerstories and Fringe shows – if a show is booked by a festival or venue and they are footing the bill, I won’t be able to offer discounts.
Double trouble
$40 or more per month 12 of 20 patrons
Hey big spender! You get a double pass to use at any shows I produce throughout the year – with monthly shows, you’re basically making money!
NB: Free tickets are only for shows I produce eg Queerstories and Fringe shows – if a show is booked by a festival or venue and they are footing the bill, I won’t be able to offer discounts.($50AUS)
Artist/Producer support or mentorship
$75 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
You'll get an hour per month of support for your work, as a coffee date or skype date. We can talk creative plans, budgets, marketing, festival applications, I can review your press releases, whatever you want. I've been producing and performing work for the past 8 years, making a full time living out of it for 3 years, and I have a lot of experience to share. ($100AUS)
TAKE IT, TAKE IT ALL
$200 or more per month 0 patrons
Look. You can pretty much have whatever you want. As well as ALL OF THE ABOVE, you can have a private concert once a year. We’ll sing, we’ll cook for you and your friends, we’ll drink gin and be merry to celebrate your amazing generosity. ($250AUS)