Mary Bue is creating music, art, writings
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patrons

Hello dear! My name is Mary Bue and I'm an independent musician & yoga studio owner currently creating stuff in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

I've been writing and performing original music for a long time now,  almost twenty years.  I put out my first album in 2000,  recorded in my friend's dad's attic studio in Phillips, WI (which was legit!).  This was a time when you sent manilla envelopes with an 8x10 glossy headshot,  a cd or tape,  and a cover letter to venues to get booked. 

I've played well over a thousand shows for sure.  From beautiful stages,  to weddings and funerals,  to peoples' living rooms,  to grocery store delis.  I've written hundreds of songs,  poems,  doodles,  paintings,  put on puppet shows for my parents and friends,  and used to sell little cartoon books to my aunt Janet for a nickel a piece. Oh and I paint cow portraits!  I love making stuff to share.  And I don't plan on stopping,  but damn,  I've been tempted!  

Since I've been doing this for awhile and no record label or sugar daddy has "saved" me (lol!  don't need no saving!),  I've relied on grants,  waiting tables,  bartending,  crowdfunding (thank you!),  barista-ing,  handing out condoms on the street (no joke!  HIV prevention outreach work),  working in a prison (also no joke!), and currently I've got another business - owning/running a yoga studio. ... oh and teaching piano and guitar lessons ... For free,  out of the love of my heart, I also have a cable access TV show that's just getting started (about spirituality!) and write a monthly wellness article for a neighborhood newspaper.  And try to have friends and cook food and run and ride bicycle and date and live a life ... 

What I'm getting at is:  I'm gonna keep making stuff,  and if you LIKE what I make,  I'd LOVE for you to consider becoming a patron of my music,  art,  writings!  As Jack Conte,  creator of this new way of supporting artists says,  (I paraphrase) - "you are giving people an opportunity to pay you for what you do."

This is in no way a threat that "if you don't support me,  I'll quit!"  but rather,  if you throw in a few shiny coins or green or plastic every time I make a thing,  that will just be more fuel to make more things,  and tap into the muse,  and have space and time and grace to tap into the muse without so much stress and fear of the money anxiety!  To make art for the sake of expressing what the muse wants.  Maybe it's not even so grandiose,  maybe some of it is coming from the earth,  maybe some of it is coming from my neuroses,  maybe some of it is catharsis for me or you,  maybe some of it just SUCKS like some youtube commenters would assert ... regardless,  I wanna keep making it,  and if you like it,  I'd love you for you to,  well,  buy me an imaginary patreon coffee here and cheers me when I make a thing so I can keep making songs and writings and not burn out because our economy does not value artists as much as we say we do.  I can show you my digital download paychecks.  They are very depressing ... HA!

You may be asking yourself, "Why would I do such a thing???" Well, let me ask you: Do you like subscribing to magazines? Or Spotify? Or XM radio? Or Netflix?  What if there was a way to subscribe to an artist DIRECTLY and cut out the middleman? Think back: Were you ever part of a fan club or maybe still are? Do you love being privy to the new stuff, the backstage, the bloopers? THIS IS THE WAY!

Back in the day,  Kings and priests and the rich-y rich would become become patrons of artists.  They would hire them to create (think Michelangelo and Da Vinci).  This is KIND of like that,  except you're giving the artist full creative control.  If you watch the video,  you'll see why I think this sort of patron-artist relationship is kind of like dating.  ;)  You give,  I give,  we get along,  I continue to amuse you,  make fun things,  serenade you ... and at any point that you find you are sick of me,  you can bow out!  HA!  OR,  you could stay in the relationship and watch it change and grow.  We can learn from each other.  We can evolve together!  Kinda cheesy,  but true.  Kind of like Kickstarter/crowdfunding for support on one big project,  with Patreon can offer continuous support/patronage,  you choose the amount you are comfortable with giving per "thing" and can cap that amount according to your budget, and you can change that amount or unsubscribe at ANY TIME,  no obligation,  I won't even cry (well,  maybe I will ...) 

Here is how it works: 

Creating art as an independent agent takes time, inspiration and capital. Not to mention, rock solid relationships with listeners & supporters!  I put a lot of energy out into the world.  Constantly updating my social media,  monthly-ish newsletters that are SO SO SO LONG,  recording song snippets,  doodling,  writing poems on napkins,  blogging,  teaching yoga,   and trying to maneuver ways to satisfy all the people who want to "pick my brain."  

We all know that art might save the world,  but it sometimes is tricky for artists to pay the bills ;) This is by no means a pity party,  as this is the life I've chosen and also find tons of joy making music and teaching yoga!  But this would be a way to give value to the things,  therefore motivating to make more and more things,  as well as deepening my bonds with you guys!  

Know that your support will go to more recordings, the costs of touring and live shows, the fuzzy warm feeling in my heart for knowing you have my back.

I am SO STOKED to be in on this with you. XO MARY!!!

Tons more info about my work, pics, blogs on www.marybue.com
BIG LOVE!!!
Tiers
A dollar a month keeps the demons at bay
$1 or more per month
$1 a month - I am so grateful to hang out with you! A wave and a smile as we cross the street near each other.  You will get access to my Patreon-only feed and all the über-personal stuff I ramble about.  You'll be in the know of my mental/spiritual/emotional inner-workings!  
You + me + $3 = lots of penny candy
$3 or more per month
$3!  It's like a coffee together with me every month!!!! I am sooooo grateful for you! You'll get the patreon-only feed, as mentioned above and you'll also be emailed downloads of new content  (PDFs of artworks, Mp3s of songs, etc) for your digital safe-keeping :) 
Five fingers to high five you with
$5 or more per month
WOW,  this is like an americano in Las Vegas. FANCY FANCY! This is a huge level of support for which I bow in gratitude, hands in prayer pose,  saying "Namaste" (the spirit in me honors the spirit in you).  Let the muse go wild!  


You'll get all the previous things PLUS

After 4 months at this tier I'll mail you my limited edition vinyl EP "The Majesty of Beasts" 

10 Lovely Fingers on Both of your Hands
$10 or more per month
WOW,  this is a serious,  investment in my work for which I am truly,  TRULY BLOWN AWAY GRATEFUL!  You get the limited edition vinyl EP (after you've subscribed for 2 months*)

In addition,  we'll do some patron-only webcasts every few months.  I'll have my guitar or keyboard and maybe sing to you,  an intimate show from my room to yours - OR we can talk about the music business and you can "pick my brain" about stuff.

Overall, Holy Bones,  you are the best.  Thank you.  
Dirty Thirty above the table LOVE!
$30 or more per month
WOW WOW WOW this is getting serious.  I am about to faint.  Good thing I have a fainting couch (serves as my 2nd dresser - all those clean clothes piled in a heap!) ... In all honesty,  I am unbelievably grateful that you would come on this journey with me.  You'll get that limited edition vinyl EP,  all of that other stuff from the other levels (emails,  patreon-only feed,  seasonal webcasts), 


I'm also going to randomly send you a zine once a year,  or maybe more.  They are hand-collaged,  xeroxed with love and stapled together just for you,  my sweet Patrons!  Full of poems and pics and doodles are wackiness meant to make you smile or shake your head and wonder how I got to be such a weirdo.  A little sunshine for your life,  they are.  Like a magazine, but homemade with love. I will copy them at the xerox store on recycled paper and staple them into little books.  I did this in 2008 when I moved to Seattle.  I wanted a way to stay closely connected to my fans. These will be super duper special,  I promise!  

Rolling around in hund-os with glee
$100 or more per month
OH MY GODDESS, you are an angel.  This is like VIP FAN CLUB and this is incredible.  I will give you allllll of the above PLUS I will paint you a cow portrait in your favorite color,  do my absolute best put you on guest lists for any shows in your city (or any one that you travel to!), and call you or email you (you pick) to personally to thank you.  And if we wind up in the same town,  I'll buy YOU a coffee and let's meet up!!!
Hello dear! My name is Mary Bue and I'm an independent musician & yoga studio owner currently creating stuff in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

I've been writing and performing original music for a long time now,  almost twenty years.  I put out my first album in 2000,  recorded in my friend's dad's attic studio in Phillips, WI (which was legit!).  This was a time when you sent manilla envelopes with an 8x10 glossy headshot,  a cd or tape,  and a cover letter to venues to get booked. 

I've played well over a thousand shows for sure.  From beautiful stages,  to weddings and funerals,  to peoples' living rooms,  to grocery store delis.  I've written hundreds of songs,  poems,  doodles,  paintings,  put on puppet shows for my parents and friends,  and used to sell little cartoon books to my aunt Janet for a nickel a piece. Oh and I paint cow portraits!  I love making stuff to share.  And I don't plan on stopping,  but damn,  I've been tempted!  

Since I've been doing this for awhile and no record label or sugar daddy has "saved" me (lol!  don't need no saving!),  I've relied on grants,  waiting tables,  bartending,  crowdfunding (thank you!),  barista-ing,  handing out condoms on the street (no joke!  HIV prevention outreach work),  working in a prison (also no joke!), and currently I've got another business - owning/running a yoga studio. ... oh and teaching piano and guitar lessons ... For free,  out of the love of my heart, I also have a cable access TV show that's just getting started (about spirituality!) and write a monthly wellness article for a neighborhood newspaper.  And try to have friends and cook food and run and ride bicycle and date and live a life ... 

What I'm getting at is:  I'm gonna keep making stuff,  and if you LIKE what I make,  I'd LOVE for you to consider becoming a patron of my music,  art,  writings!  As Jack Conte,  creator of this new way of supporting artists says,  (I paraphrase) - "you are giving people an opportunity to pay you for what you do."

This is in no way a threat that "if you don't support me,  I'll quit!"  but rather,  if you throw in a few shiny coins or green or plastic every time I make a thing,  that will just be more fuel to make more things,  and tap into the muse,  and have space and time and grace to tap into the muse without so much stress and fear of the money anxiety!  To make art for the sake of expressing what the muse wants.  Maybe it's not even so grandiose,  maybe some of it is coming from the earth,  maybe some of it is coming from my neuroses,  maybe some of it is catharsis for me or you,  maybe some of it just SUCKS like some youtube commenters would assert ... regardless,  I wanna keep making it,  and if you like it,  I'd love you for you to,  well,  buy me an imaginary patreon coffee here and cheers me when I make a thing so I can keep making songs and writings and not burn out because our economy does not value artists as much as we say we do.  I can show you my digital download paychecks.  They are very depressing ... HA!

You may be asking yourself, "Why would I do such a thing???" Well, let me ask you: Do you like subscribing to magazines? Or Spotify? Or XM radio? Or Netflix?  What if there was a way to subscribe to an artist DIRECTLY and cut out the middleman? Think back: Were you ever part of a fan club or maybe still are? Do you love being privy to the new stuff, the backstage, the bloopers? THIS IS THE WAY!

Back in the day,  Kings and priests and the rich-y rich would become become patrons of artists.  They would hire them to create (think Michelangelo and Da Vinci).  This is KIND of like that,  except you're giving the artist full creative control.  If you watch the video,  you'll see why I think this sort of patron-artist relationship is kind of like dating.  ;)  You give,  I give,  we get along,  I continue to amuse you,  make fun things,  serenade you ... and at any point that you find you are sick of me,  you can bow out!  HA!  OR,  you could stay in the relationship and watch it change and grow.  We can learn from each other.  We can evolve together!  Kinda cheesy,  but true.  Kind of like Kickstarter/crowdfunding for support on one big project,  with Patreon can offer continuous support/patronage,  you choose the amount you are comfortable with giving per "thing" and can cap that amount according to your budget, and you can change that amount or unsubscribe at ANY TIME,  no obligation,  I won't even cry (well,  maybe I will ...) 

Here is how it works: 

Creating art as an independent agent takes time, inspiration and capital. Not to mention, rock solid relationships with listeners & supporters!  I put a lot of energy out into the world.  Constantly updating my social media,  monthly-ish newsletters that are SO SO SO LONG,  recording song snippets,  doodling,  writing poems on napkins,  blogging,  teaching yoga,   and trying to maneuver ways to satisfy all the people who want to "pick my brain."  

We all know that art might save the world,  but it sometimes is tricky for artists to pay the bills ;) This is by no means a pity party,  as this is the life I've chosen and also find tons of joy making music and teaching yoga!  But this would be a way to give value to the things,  therefore motivating to make more and more things,  as well as deepening my bonds with you guys!  

Know that your support will go to more recordings, the costs of touring and live shows, the fuzzy warm feeling in my heart for knowing you have my back.

I am SO STOKED to be in on this with you. XO MARY!!!

Tons more info about my work, pics, blogs on www.marybue.com
BIG LOVE!!!

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Tiers
A dollar a month keeps the demons at bay
$1 or more per month
$1 a month - I am so grateful to hang out with you! A wave and a smile as we cross the street near each other.  You will get access to my Patreon-only feed and all the über-personal stuff I ramble about.  You'll be in the know of my mental/spiritual/emotional inner-workings!  
You + me + $3 = lots of penny candy
$3 or more per month
$3!  It's like a coffee together with me every month!!!! I am sooooo grateful for you! You'll get the patreon-only feed, as mentioned above and you'll also be emailed downloads of new content  (PDFs of artworks, Mp3s of songs, etc) for your digital safe-keeping :) 
Five fingers to high five you with
$5 or more per month
WOW,  this is like an americano in Las Vegas. FANCY FANCY! This is a huge level of support for which I bow in gratitude, hands in prayer pose,  saying "Namaste" (the spirit in me honors the spirit in you).  Let the muse go wild!  


You'll get all the previous things PLUS

After 4 months at this tier I'll mail you my limited edition vinyl EP "The Majesty of Beasts" 

10 Lovely Fingers on Both of your Hands
$10 or more per month
WOW,  this is a serious,  investment in my work for which I am truly,  TRULY BLOWN AWAY GRATEFUL!  You get the limited edition vinyl EP (after you've subscribed for 2 months*)

In addition,  we'll do some patron-only webcasts every few months.  I'll have my guitar or keyboard and maybe sing to you,  an intimate show from my room to yours - OR we can talk about the music business and you can "pick my brain" about stuff.

Overall, Holy Bones,  you are the best.  Thank you.  
Dirty Thirty above the table LOVE!
$30 or more per month
WOW WOW WOW this is getting serious.  I am about to faint.  Good thing I have a fainting couch (serves as my 2nd dresser - all those clean clothes piled in a heap!) ... In all honesty,  I am unbelievably grateful that you would come on this journey with me.  You'll get that limited edition vinyl EP,  all of that other stuff from the other levels (emails,  patreon-only feed,  seasonal webcasts), 


I'm also going to randomly send you a zine once a year,  or maybe more.  They are hand-collaged,  xeroxed with love and stapled together just for you,  my sweet Patrons!  Full of poems and pics and doodles are wackiness meant to make you smile or shake your head and wonder how I got to be such a weirdo.  A little sunshine for your life,  they are.  Like a magazine, but homemade with love. I will copy them at the xerox store on recycled paper and staple them into little books.  I did this in 2008 when I moved to Seattle.  I wanted a way to stay closely connected to my fans. These will be super duper special,  I promise!  

Rolling around in hund-os with glee
$100 or more per month
OH MY GODDESS, you are an angel.  This is like VIP FAN CLUB and this is incredible.  I will give you allllll of the above PLUS I will paint you a cow portrait in your favorite color,  do my absolute best put you on guest lists for any shows in your city (or any one that you travel to!), and call you or email you (you pick) to personally to thank you.  And if we wind up in the same town,  I'll buy YOU a coffee and let's meet up!!!