Nebal Maysaud is creating music and words
19

patrons

$80
per month

Hi folks, 

Welcome to Patreon! We have a beautiful family here to engage with new music and lots of writing. 

First, A Quick Story


But before we get into that. I'm gonna be a little selfish and share a personal story. 

I graduated from Lawrence University with a degree in music composition in 2017. I had no skills to survive independently. I spent a year living in my parent's home depressed and battling PTSD. Functioning as an adult was impossible. 

I was forced to take whatever work I could find, only to get in trouble because my mental illness got in the way. I took whatever therapy I could, but my dad missed one payment by one day in July and we lost insurance for the remainder of the year. Sadly, we're used to being uninsured. 

I had no room and no time to focus on my art. People kept asking me about current projects. I got invitations to expensive concerts, events, workshops, and festivals that I couldn't afford to go to, or networking events I didn't have time for. I couldn't make more money or get a job that paid well.

I was stuck.

I learned that the barriers in Classical Music are strong. That you need a certain amount of money to be successful. That musicians love dressing up and telling stories about Middle Eastern and North African folks but would never work with one in real life. There was no path for me, so I had to get creative. 

I quit festivals and stopped going to concerts I didn't care for. I embraced punk rock, started writing, and dedicated my resources to building a pathway for my career as a composer from scratch. 

And that's what Patreon is. Composers always had to rely on big-ticket customers. We were employees for either the rich, the church, or an institution (aka, the rich). But with Patreon, I don't have to hope and pray that a rich person or institution likes me enough despite the fact that I'm a Punk Brown Arab Muslim Leftist.

Instead, I'm letting my own people be my patrons. 

What Does This Page Have to Offer? 


"So, by pledging a certain amount, I help you create more music without relying on high commissions?" 

Yep. 

"Ok, but I'm greedy, what else do you have?" 

Try this: 

Weekly posts about the state of contemporary classical music. What it means to be a Classical Musician in the 21st century. What barriers are there that keep minorities and low-income people from accessing the field? There's a lot to read and learn. 

AND 

First access to scores and recordings. PLUS a behind-the-scenes look at each commission, from contract to performance. 

OH AND ONE MORE THING

A memoir about my experiences studying music, some of the issues I've faced, and some truly wild stories. You'll be shocked at how far some people will go to keep people of color from succeeding. 

"Ok, that's a lot" 

Join the Family! 


And this page is always growing, adapting, changing. As a patron, you get a say in the type of content YOU want to see. You're in a community of like-minded folks who believe that music is a birthright and that income should never be a barrier. 

By pledging, you're not just supporting an artist. You're building a roadmap for future artists to organically build their careers in a field that would otherwise shut them out. 

Welcome to the family. 
Tiers
Solo Piano
$1 or more per month 8 patrons

Keeps my commission fees low and gives me the resources that allow me to write. Early access to new works.  

Garage Band
$3 or more per month 1 patron

+ Access to posts and articles, written (mostly) weekly 

Punk Rock
$5 or more per month 9 patrons

+ More in-depth articles
+ Free Scores (that I choose)
+ Discounts on all downloads and score pdf 

Middle Eastern Orchestra
$10 or more per month 3 patrons

 + memoir - that's staying! But the topic's broadening, so lots more personal stories about all kinds of stuff. 
+ brief behind-the-scenes look at each piece from contract to performance
+ all free music downloads and up to 3 free scores a month 

The Symphony
$15 or more per month 0 patrons

+ Much more in-depth behind-the-scenes looks. Including the compositional technique, inspirations, drafts, and concepts, etc. 
+ larger essays and analysis of my own works and others. 

+ better discounts


Goals
$80 of $100 per month
Might keep me from selling my plasma. Maybe. 
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Hi folks, 

Welcome to Patreon! We have a beautiful family here to engage with new music and lots of writing. 

First, A Quick Story


But before we get into that. I'm gonna be a little selfish and share a personal story. 

I graduated from Lawrence University with a degree in music composition in 2017. I had no skills to survive independently. I spent a year living in my parent's home depressed and battling PTSD. Functioning as an adult was impossible. 

I was forced to take whatever work I could find, only to get in trouble because my mental illness got in the way. I took whatever therapy I could, but my dad missed one payment by one day in July and we lost insurance for the remainder of the year. Sadly, we're used to being uninsured. 

I had no room and no time to focus on my art. People kept asking me about current projects. I got invitations to expensive concerts, events, workshops, and festivals that I couldn't afford to go to, or networking events I didn't have time for. I couldn't make more money or get a job that paid well.

I was stuck.

I learned that the barriers in Classical Music are strong. That you need a certain amount of money to be successful. That musicians love dressing up and telling stories about Middle Eastern and North African folks but would never work with one in real life. There was no path for me, so I had to get creative. 

I quit festivals and stopped going to concerts I didn't care for. I embraced punk rock, started writing, and dedicated my resources to building a pathway for my career as a composer from scratch. 

And that's what Patreon is. Composers always had to rely on big-ticket customers. We were employees for either the rich, the church, or an institution (aka, the rich). But with Patreon, I don't have to hope and pray that a rich person or institution likes me enough despite the fact that I'm a Punk Brown Arab Muslim Leftist.

Instead, I'm letting my own people be my patrons. 

What Does This Page Have to Offer? 


"So, by pledging a certain amount, I help you create more music without relying on high commissions?" 

Yep. 

"Ok, but I'm greedy, what else do you have?" 

Try this: 

Weekly posts about the state of contemporary classical music. What it means to be a Classical Musician in the 21st century. What barriers are there that keep minorities and low-income people from accessing the field? There's a lot to read and learn. 

AND 

First access to scores and recordings. PLUS a behind-the-scenes look at each commission, from contract to performance. 

OH AND ONE MORE THING

A memoir about my experiences studying music, some of the issues I've faced, and some truly wild stories. You'll be shocked at how far some people will go to keep people of color from succeeding. 

"Ok, that's a lot" 

Join the Family! 


And this page is always growing, adapting, changing. As a patron, you get a say in the type of content YOU want to see. You're in a community of like-minded folks who believe that music is a birthright and that income should never be a barrier. 

By pledging, you're not just supporting an artist. You're building a roadmap for future artists to organically build their careers in a field that would otherwise shut them out. 

Welcome to the family. 

Recent posts by Nebal Maysaud

Tiers
Solo Piano
$1 or more per month 8 patrons

Keeps my commission fees low and gives me the resources that allow me to write. Early access to new works.  

Garage Band
$3 or more per month 1 patron

+ Access to posts and articles, written (mostly) weekly 

Punk Rock
$5 or more per month 9 patrons

+ More in-depth articles
+ Free Scores (that I choose)
+ Discounts on all downloads and score pdf 

Middle Eastern Orchestra
$10 or more per month 3 patrons

 + memoir - that's staying! But the topic's broadening, so lots more personal stories about all kinds of stuff. 
+ brief behind-the-scenes look at each piece from contract to performance
+ all free music downloads and up to 3 free scores a month 

The Symphony
$15 or more per month 0 patrons

+ Much more in-depth behind-the-scenes looks. Including the compositional technique, inspirations, drafts, and concepts, etc. 
+ larger essays and analysis of my own works and others. 

+ better discounts