Sarah Jane Scouten is creating Songs, Recorded Music, Songwriting Education
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First off, thank you very much for visiting this page. It's been with some trepidation that I began a Patreon page. Issues of guilt, shame and existential malaise surround the humbling act of valuing one's art and oneself as an artist. Even more so is taking the step to accept help from others. Yet I prevailed. I believe human beings love to create and consume art, creating the humming cycle we call The Arts. It gives me great pleasure to support artists I believe in, as I'm sure it does for you too, which is why you're here.

I am a songwriter on the road six months of the year, often with my four piece band, The Honky Tonk Wingmen. I've released three full-length records since 2011 and am working on a fourth. I get more and more ambitious with every record, playing with sounds and styles as well as artistic collaborations with film makers, graphic artists and more.

I fill my time at home writing lyrics, fumbling around on instruments, writing melodies that stick in my head (that's the test of quality), learning new songs from my heroes including early country artists, British folk revivalists and balladeers, Appalachian fiddlers and Cajun bands. I also love deep listening and learning from songwriting greats, a tradition pioneered by John Prine, Tom Waits, Guy Clark, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen and more.

I also am a business person. I work with a talented team of agents and managers, and regardless of their faithful exploits, the saying holds true that nobody will work harder for you than you will. My lifestyle, like for so many artists, involves living on a knife's edge of physical, financial and psychological instability. My grandmother always asks, "Are you making any money?" My mother has stopped asking, but assures me, "You are gaining so many transferable skills," like, for when I give it up and get a real job. She's right though. I've learned a lot. But I am nowhere near ready to give this up and likely never will.

Occasionally I go into the studio with a group of the most talented people I know and come out with something beautiful, like a record. Everything is always building up to that exhilarating and depleted point of completion, accomplishment, actualization. 

As I approached 30, I began to feel strongly about giving back to the community that supports me. There are a lot of song-lovers out there and folks who write their own. It goes without saying that songwriting can be a fraught process for many reasons. I began holding free sessions called Song Craft in various locations throughout Toronto whenever I could, which provided a focused time and space to write, discuss and listen to great songs. Some people were inspired to write just knowing it was happening and would bring finished songs to the session they'd written at home while the one the week before took place. I believe songwriting, like other forms of creative writing, deserves a school of thought (or many), like poetry, prose writing or painting. Songwriters should feel comfortable to give and receive pointed praise and constructive criticism from songwriters they trust without their entire fragile songwriting process being jeopardized. It's been my goal from square one to create a supportive yet challenging environment in each Song Craft session and have since been hired to teach at several week-long summer music workshops (aka. Heaven).
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First off, thank you very much for visiting this page. It's been with some trepidation that I began a Patreon page. Issues of guilt, shame and existential malaise surround the humbling act of valuing one's art and oneself as an artist. Even more so is taking the step to accept help from others. Yet I prevailed. I believe human beings love to create and consume art, creating the humming cycle we call The Arts. It gives me great pleasure to support artists I believe in, as I'm sure it does for you too, which is why you're here.

I am a songwriter on the road six months of the year, often with my four piece band, The Honky Tonk Wingmen. I've released three full-length records since 2011 and am working on a fourth. I get more and more ambitious with every record, playing with sounds and styles as well as artistic collaborations with film makers, graphic artists and more.

I fill my time at home writing lyrics, fumbling around on instruments, writing melodies that stick in my head (that's the test of quality), learning new songs from my heroes including early country artists, British folk revivalists and balladeers, Appalachian fiddlers and Cajun bands. I also love deep listening and learning from songwriting greats, a tradition pioneered by John Prine, Tom Waits, Guy Clark, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen and more.

I also am a business person. I work with a talented team of agents and managers, and regardless of their faithful exploits, the saying holds true that nobody will work harder for you than you will. My lifestyle, like for so many artists, involves living on a knife's edge of physical, financial and psychological instability. My grandmother always asks, "Are you making any money?" My mother has stopped asking, but assures me, "You are gaining so many transferable skills," like, for when I give it up and get a real job. She's right though. I've learned a lot. But I am nowhere near ready to give this up and likely never will.

Occasionally I go into the studio with a group of the most talented people I know and come out with something beautiful, like a record. Everything is always building up to that exhilarating and depleted point of completion, accomplishment, actualization. 

As I approached 30, I began to feel strongly about giving back to the community that supports me. There are a lot of song-lovers out there and folks who write their own. It goes without saying that songwriting can be a fraught process for many reasons. I began holding free sessions called Song Craft in various locations throughout Toronto whenever I could, which provided a focused time and space to write, discuss and listen to great songs. Some people were inspired to write just knowing it was happening and would bring finished songs to the session they'd written at home while the one the week before took place. I believe songwriting, like other forms of creative writing, deserves a school of thought (or many), like poetry, prose writing or painting. Songwriters should feel comfortable to give and receive pointed praise and constructive criticism from songwriters they trust without their entire fragile songwriting process being jeopardized. It's been my goal from square one to create a supportive yet challenging environment in each Song Craft session and have since been hired to teach at several week-long summer music workshops (aka. Heaven).

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The Espresso
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What you lack in free time, you make up for in sophistication. Signing up for The Espresso reward gives you the satisfaction of supporting an artist who really appreciates you!
The Cappuccino
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You can commit to a sipping a short milky beverage, two thirds milk, one third coffee, but you definitely don't have time to post a photo of it on Instagram. Signing up for The Cappuccino reward gives you the satisfaction of supporting an artist who really appreciates you! I'll also send you the odd email update from tour!
The Caffe Latte
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That's right. Caffe with two F's because a) it's Italian... and b) you don't have one give. You're too busy supporting The Arts! Signing up for The Caffe Latte reward gives you the satisfaction of supporting an artist who really appreciates you! I'll also send you a postcard from tour every couple of months!
The Caffe Mocha
$50 or more per creation 0 of 10 patrons
Everything in moderation, including moderation. Signing up for The Caffe Mocha reward gives you the satisfaction of supporting an artist who really appreciates you! I'll also send you a hand-written letter every couple of months and I have impressive penmanship.