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Take It Easy

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$2
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"Well, I'm running down the road tryin' to loosen my load..."

The easiest way to "set and forget" your support of Michael's Record Collection without breaking your bank.

In addition to the quarterly livestream benefits, Rock Steady patrons will get a mention in the newsletter and the podcast versions of MRC when they sign up.

With at least one newsletter, one YouTube video, and one podcast per week on average, that's a minimum of four posts for a dollar (all formats combined) and just 50 cents (less that that in some months) per issue/episode if you only consume MRC in one format (read/watch/listen).
  • Patron shout-out
  • Quarterly Livestreams

Rock Steady

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$5
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"Well, when I want to rock steady, Yeah I'll know I got to get ready..."

At this tier, you get the Take It Easy benefits as well as patron-only polls and dedicated podcast feeds, which will always remain ad free. You'll find out which guests MRC will be featuring before those interviews take place. And you'll get access to patron polls and, when possible, videos will be posted here early.
  • Patron shout-out
  • Quarterly Livestreams
  • Patron-only polls
  • Ad-free episodes
  • Early access

Behind the Lines

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$10
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"I held the book so tightly in my hands..."

Patrons at the Behind the Lines level get the benefits of the previous tiers and at least one bonus video/podcast episode per month. In addition, you'll get access to the MRC Discord channel, where you can interact with other patrons and take part in a monthly listening/watch party. Once a month, we'll have an evening where everyone in the Discord will start an album or a rock movie at the same time and we'll hang out and discuss it while we listen/watch together (separately). All patrons at this level or higher can ask questions that will be answered either in the next episode of MRC or in a dedicated patron-only episode. In addition, you'll get special recognition in the "Behind the Lines" area of the (eventual) MRC website for as long as they remain members at this level. And you can enter all drawings for giveaway items, which could be new or promotional items or possibly used items from my collection that I'm parting with.
  • Patron shout-out
  • Quarterly Livestreams
  • Patron-only polls
  • Ad-free episodes
  • Early access
  • Bonus episode(s)
  • Q&As (Discord and/or special episodes)
  • Live Discord Chat & Listening Parties
  • Website Recognition in "Behind the Lines" Section
  • Entry to Prize Drawings

I Wanna Rock

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$20
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"Turn it down you say, but all I got to say to you is time and time again I say No! No, no, no no, no!"

Patrons at this level get all the benefit of the previous levels, plus an exclusive Michael's Record Collection t-shirt (with a minimum three-month membership). You'll also get the opportunity to select the album or movie for a listening/watch party. AND...you'll be able to submit a question for an artist interview, which I'll ask the guest while giving you the credit for the question. MRC patrons at this level can enter enter all drawings for giveaway items, which could be new or promotional items or possibly used items from my collection (books, CDs, DVDs, etc.) that I'm parting with.
  • Patron shout-out
  • Quarterly Livestreams
  • Patron-only polls
  • Ad-free episodes
  • Early access
  • Bonus episode(s)
  • Q&As (Discord and/or special episodes)
  • Live Discord Chat & Listening Parties
  • Entry to Prize Drawings
  • MRC Exclusive T-Shirt (3-month min.)
  • Pick an album/movie for a listening/watch party
  • Submit a guest question
  • Website Recognition in "I Wanna Rock" Section
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Exclusive white MRC logo t-shirt for $20+ patrons.

Superstar

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$50
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"Long ago, and, oh, so far away, I fell in love with you before the second show..."

Patrons at this level are the true superstars. In addition to all of the benefits from the previous tiers, the Superstar-tier patrons will be immortalized on the (eventual) MRC website prominently in the "Superstar" patron section for as long as they remain members at this level. Superstars can submit guest questions for up to two episodes per month. Every MRC Superstar will be the special guest on a bonus video/podcast episode to discuss their favorite records (minimum two-month membership at this tier). You'll also get an exclusive surprise premium merchandise item TBA (minimum three months membership at this tier). In addition, each patron at the Superstar tier will have the opportunity to co-host a show and help interview the guest (minimum six months membership at this tier).

Note: Our Superstars will know which guests are coming up with anywhere from a few days to a week or two notice in advance. Popular artists are obviously going to be more in demand, so if there are multiple patrons at this level who want to sit in on the same interview, we'll have to do a drawing to see who gets it, and I'll allow the other Superstars that applied for that guest to submit a question (giving them name credit for the question), even if they've already used all their monthly guest questions benefit on a previous guest (subject to time constraints...we'll work that out if this ever becomes an issue.)
  • Patron shout-out
  • Quarterly Livestreams
  • Patron-only polls
  • Ad-free episodes
  • Early access
  • Bonus episode(s)
  • Q&As (Discord and/or special episodes)
  • Live Discord Chat & Listening Parties
  • Entry to Prize Drawings
  • Pick an album/movie for a listening/watch party
  • Website Recognition in "Superstar" Section
  • Guest on a Bonus Episode (2-mo. min.)
  • Submit 2 Guest Questions per Month
  • Exclusive Premium Merch Item (3-mo. min.)
  • Co-host Episode w/ Musical Guest (6-mo. min.)
  • MRC Exclusive T-Shirt (3-month min.)
Exclusive T-shirt
Fulfilled by Patreon
Exclusive white MRC logo t-shirt for $20+ patrons.

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About Michael's Record Collection

Welcome to Michael's Record Collection! The concept behind "MRC" is to tell the stories behind great music. This can take many forms: artist interviews, album and concert reviews, song or album rankings ("listicle" style), retrospectives, and more. The artists will vary between well-known acts and little-known independents, but every one of them brings something special to the party. The musical style will largely be rock or rock adjacent (think: pop, classic rock, 70s and 80s pop, progressive rock, metal, jangle pop, alternative rock, indie rock, etc.). 

No matter how you like to consume media, MRC has something for you. MRC is a Substack newslettera YouTube channel, and a podcast. Each "issue" will consist of content on all three platforms. The newsletter is great for readers, but understandably is more narrow. The YouTube videos allow fans to watch entire interviews, rather than just the bits that are important to the newsletter feature. Similarly, the podcast is for those who like to consume their media on the go or in the car rather than watching. The podcast episodes include anything from the video interviews that doesn't require visuals to understand, and they're better edited for a smoother listen. 

There are multiple goals of this Patreon setup. I want readers/viewers/listeners to feel invested in the content and some of that content will be driven by you and your requests. I want to bring extra value to those who support MRC, however you consume it, whether that's getting you content earlier for contributors than for the rest of the MRC audience, extra content that isn't available to the general public, merchandise availability, an opportunity to choose a topic, or even your participation. I appreciate and value your views/downloads, but mostly I'm doing this to expose more people to great music and to tell interesting stories that even those well acquainted with the music will enjoy.

And finally, I'm flexible and welcome your feedback and suggestions! Let's build something special together.
Goals
3 of 200 patrons
When I reach 200 patrons, I'll do a special two-part bonus set of episodes with a special guest (and write two newsletter issues) counting down my Genesis album rankings (15 studio releases).
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