Stephaniesid is creating pop-noir music
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Hi!  Here is a little about Stephaniesĭd, what we're doing through this musical project, and why we started a Patreon account.

Our Situation:

I started Stephaniesĭd back in 2003 as a way to get my original music out to the world.  I'd been singing jazz by night and was a social worker by day, both of which were lovely things to do and paid well enough, but there was some inner part of me that I was covering up in these roles, so I created the "ĭd" as a way to conjure that out of myself.  Soon after, I hooked up with Chuck Lichtenberger (pianist), who really "got" the project, and we were off and running.  The ĭd (pronounced like “kid”) is the real person, under the armor. It’s the inner wild being, the emotional mercury, the soft tissue, the genuine human. 

Stephaniesĭd became a pop-noir band on a mission to excavate it.

About a year later, we were growing a steady fanbase of curious music lovers, and I was hitting critical mass in my schedule, so I quit my day job.  Since then, Stephaniesĭd has been our main focus, and I have pieced together income from it and other music-related sources.
    
Fast forward to 2015, and we have picked up another core member, drummer Tim Haney. We rehearse 4 nights a week and have become a strong triumvirate, able to improvise as well as lay down tight arrangements, able to learn from each other, make creative decisions together, and enjoy each other's company.  As always, we often bring in amazingly talented guests to play alongside us, be in our videos, or contribute whatever their forte is. We have been named Best Rock Band in our hometown of Asheville, NC (Mountain Xpress poll) 7 years in a row; did a TEDx talk about human connection, played hundreds of shows in cities all over the US, UK and Ireland, including big festivals like Bonnaroo; collaborated with modern dancers, percussion ensembles, and countless artists; released 5 studio albums; had music placed internationally in film, TV, and commercials; heard our music on NPR's World Cafe and on tastemaker stations in far-reaching cities; landed numerous reviews in prominent publications such as PASTE and Billboard; and released numerous official videos (here's our latest award-winning vid!).  Initial sales and response to Stephaniesĭd's latest album, Excavator, indicate that the band's universal message of authenticity is continuing to reach even wider audiences.

So here's what we know now:

1) We want Stephaniesĭd to go on for a long, long time.  The facts are in... this thing has legs! Our fan community is growing, and we're better at every facet of our music than we've ever been.  We adore what we do, the people that love our music, and the feeling of doing something uniquely us that also serves the world, and we have a strong urge to grow. 

2) In order to keep growing, we need to make Stephaniesĭd self-sustaining.  We now have a clarity of focus, and know what we can do, both as a band and as a wider community of Excavators (at one time called "ĭdiots"). Now we are ready to work at a greater level of intensity, and to feel a larger impact in our own lives and in the world.  Here are some examples of our vision:

--We want the core trio be be able to to focus only on Stephaniesĭd. Currently, to maintain a fairly modest lifestyle by most American standards, Chuck teaches piano, Tim works in construction 40 hrs/wk, and I do voiceover work.  Some of this work we love, but it is time-consuming). The more time we can focus on Stephaniesĭd, the more work we can produce, allowing us to keep focus on the cutting edge of our own growth and to get more music, video, blog posts, and other projects out into the world.

--We want to be our own economic force, working in collaboration with other artists.  In order to make a video like this, we called in a bunch of favors from our filmmaking, producing, and editing friends.  The video got made and everyone felt good (it even won an award!), but we couldn't pay them much and everyone had to schedule around their better-paying jobs. When we are able to pay people a decent fee, we get artists' best focus and best work, and we feel the power of contributing to the living of other artists. With a decent project fund, each project we do will be part of building a small empire of economic support for the dynamic, generous people who work with us, and that will feel good for all Excavators.

--We need someone to explain to the world why it should love us on a big scale.  Our latest album, Excavator, is my favorite thing I've ever produced -- but it has yet to be supported by a machine as powerful as a publicist's magic wand.  These folks are expensive, but they work hard.  The good ones help explain us to the world in a way people can digest, get articles and blogs and interviews and reviews published about us, and get us into the streams of tastemakers and influencers.  A publicist can be the difference between someone overlooking us and someone really getting why they should check us out.  

--We want to turn our new awesome part-time assistant, Julianne, into a full-time assistant.  Julianne understands what we're all about, and she puts nuts and bolts to our projects.  She's excited, tuned-in, and super creative.  If she worked for us full-time, we'd be producing projects faster.  She is already beginning to make us more money, so giving her more hours will only accelerate this growth.  Julianne is beginning to free up the band to write, arrange, rehearse, tour, blog, and do inspired projects (like a new awesome documentary i'm working on!). 

--From time-to-time we need to hire other expensive team members who can help us, like this awesome producer I'm working with for the next recording project!  More on that to come.

--What happens after we're sustainable?  I don't know!  Maybe we'll no longer need patrons.  But we'll cross that bridge when we get there.

Specifics: What We'll Use the Money For

Here's the vision right now:

Ongoing projects (albums, videos, etc.) - ** i.e., there's a big recording project coming up in March! **
Publicity for projects
Salary for Chuck 
Salary for Tim 
Salary for one employee
Subscriptions like Mailchimp, web hosting, etc.
(I am not designating a salary for myself at this point, as voiceover is doing a good job of that and it doesn't take up a lot of my time.  However, should we exceed our goal, I will reduce this work.)
(Show fees and merch sales are generally enough to cover on-the-road expenses like lodging and gas.)

A sustainable income for the band (taking into account supplementation from shows, merch sales, etc., would be $10000/month. That sounds like a lot, but we're talking sustainability, thriving.  And if each person on our email list alone were to contribute $4/month, we'd exceed our goal.  If we reach that goal, Stephaniesĭd will be in a very wonderful position to keep rolling and put greater and more expansive work into the world.

But for now...

We're setting a goal of $1000/month.  That will go straight to our project fund and publicity, immediately accelerating our productivity and reach.  This will be greatly beneficial in getting more work out to the world AND having the work seen and heard by others who can both enjoy it and help us sustain.  Then we'll work on getting to the next milestone.

The way Patreon works is that a reader can donate whatever they want per month, and the donation is recurring each month. So anything, from $1/month up, is hugely helpful to the cause.

Thanks for any support you decide to offer if you can--we appreciate you!  But even if you don't decide to support, thank you for being a fan of our music, or at least taking the time to digest to our vision.  

Love!  xo,
Steph and Stephaniesĭd


Just want to leave you with a couple of videos:




p.s. how much we love our fans

a lot.  and patronage is something we really look forward to.  like, you may well change our lives if you become a patron.  it happens even now - folks have helped us with equipment, career advice (a fan told me about this site!), lodging, and gas, especially in places we're not established yet.  patronage allows us to increase the time we can dedicate to the music and to our greater purpose in the world. thanks for reading all the way to the bottom.  we appreciate you so much.  
Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
0 patrons
You are an Official Excavator! Your email address will be tagged to receive occasional perks like free downloads, a free pass to a show, or something unexpected. (Official Excavator status applies to any pledge from $1 up.)
Pledge $3 or more per month
0 patrons
You are an Official Excavator of course (see above), but you also get to know that for the price of a cup of coffee, your monthly contribution will add up to a very meaningful sum over the course of a year.
Pledge $10 or more per month
0 patrons
You are an Official Excavator of course (see above), but you are also a HERO!  We all have a handful of $10 monthly expenses, and we're honored that you carved out one of yours for us.
Pledge $25 or more per month
0 patrons
I don't even know what to say!!! You're an Official Excavator of course (see above), but your heroic act is that over the course of a year, your contribution will cover the cost of 1800 miles of gas, allowing that gas money to go to band members instead.
Pledge $50 or more per month
0 patrons
You are, like, the most Official Excavator.  For real?!  I didn't even know we could ever deserve this!  Over the course of a year, your contribution is enough to cover a pricey van repair.  You are an angel straight from heaven.
Pledge $100 or more per month
0 patrons
YOU TOTALLY GET US!!!  WE TOTALLY GET YOU!!!  Our work rates high enough in your life to count as another monthly bill, like health insurance or cable. You are an Official Excavator, of course (see above), but you also have our most focused gratitude. xo.
Goals
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Any funding we raise on Patreon is hugely helpful, but this amount would allow stephaniesĭd to accelerate the production and publicity of projects (whatever's on the table... album, video, etc.).  Reaching this goal will mean more frequent and increasingly better-quality work, and will also help us become more attractive to potential new patrons, who can help us reach our ultimate goal of sustainability.  See the text on the right for more details.
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Hi!  Here is a little about Stephaniesĭd, what we're doing through this musical project, and why we started a Patreon account.

Our Situation:

I started Stephaniesĭd back in 2003 as a way to get my original music out to the world.  I'd been singing jazz by night and was a social worker by day, both of which were lovely things to do and paid well enough, but there was some inner part of me that I was covering up in these roles, so I created the "ĭd" as a way to conjure that out of myself.  Soon after, I hooked up with Chuck Lichtenberger (pianist), who really "got" the project, and we were off and running.  The ĭd (pronounced like “kid”) is the real person, under the armor. It’s the inner wild being, the emotional mercury, the soft tissue, the genuine human. 

Stephaniesĭd became a pop-noir band on a mission to excavate it.

About a year later, we were growing a steady fanbase of curious music lovers, and I was hitting critical mass in my schedule, so I quit my day job.  Since then, Stephaniesĭd has been our main focus, and I have pieced together income from it and other music-related sources.
    
Fast forward to 2015, and we have picked up another core member, drummer Tim Haney. We rehearse 4 nights a week and have become a strong triumvirate, able to improvise as well as lay down tight arrangements, able to learn from each other, make creative decisions together, and enjoy each other's company.  As always, we often bring in amazingly talented guests to play alongside us, be in our videos, or contribute whatever their forte is. We have been named Best Rock Band in our hometown of Asheville, NC (Mountain Xpress poll) 7 years in a row; did a TEDx talk about human connection, played hundreds of shows in cities all over the US, UK and Ireland, including big festivals like Bonnaroo; collaborated with modern dancers, percussion ensembles, and countless artists; released 5 studio albums; had music placed internationally in film, TV, and commercials; heard our music on NPR's World Cafe and on tastemaker stations in far-reaching cities; landed numerous reviews in prominent publications such as PASTE and Billboard; and released numerous official videos (here's our latest award-winning vid!).  Initial sales and response to Stephaniesĭd's latest album, Excavator, indicate that the band's universal message of authenticity is continuing to reach even wider audiences.

So here's what we know now:

1) We want Stephaniesĭd to go on for a long, long time.  The facts are in... this thing has legs! Our fan community is growing, and we're better at every facet of our music than we've ever been.  We adore what we do, the people that love our music, and the feeling of doing something uniquely us that also serves the world, and we have a strong urge to grow. 

2) In order to keep growing, we need to make Stephaniesĭd self-sustaining.  We now have a clarity of focus, and know what we can do, both as a band and as a wider community of Excavators (at one time called "ĭdiots"). Now we are ready to work at a greater level of intensity, and to feel a larger impact in our own lives and in the world.  Here are some examples of our vision:

--We want the core trio be be able to to focus only on Stephaniesĭd. Currently, to maintain a fairly modest lifestyle by most American standards, Chuck teaches piano, Tim works in construction 40 hrs/wk, and I do voiceover work.  Some of this work we love, but it is time-consuming). The more time we can focus on Stephaniesĭd, the more work we can produce, allowing us to keep focus on the cutting edge of our own growth and to get more music, video, blog posts, and other projects out into the world.

--We want to be our own economic force, working in collaboration with other artists.  In order to make a video like this, we called in a bunch of favors from our filmmaking, producing, and editing friends.  The video got made and everyone felt good (it even won an award!), but we couldn't pay them much and everyone had to schedule around their better-paying jobs. When we are able to pay people a decent fee, we get artists' best focus and best work, and we feel the power of contributing to the living of other artists. With a decent project fund, each project we do will be part of building a small empire of economic support for the dynamic, generous people who work with us, and that will feel good for all Excavators.

--We need someone to explain to the world why it should love us on a big scale.  Our latest album, Excavator, is my favorite thing I've ever produced -- but it has yet to be supported by a machine as powerful as a publicist's magic wand.  These folks are expensive, but they work hard.  The good ones help explain us to the world in a way people can digest, get articles and blogs and interviews and reviews published about us, and get us into the streams of tastemakers and influencers.  A publicist can be the difference between someone overlooking us and someone really getting why they should check us out.  

--We want to turn our new awesome part-time assistant, Julianne, into a full-time assistant.  Julianne understands what we're all about, and she puts nuts and bolts to our projects.  She's excited, tuned-in, and super creative.  If she worked for us full-time, we'd be producing projects faster.  She is already beginning to make us more money, so giving her more hours will only accelerate this growth.  Julianne is beginning to free up the band to write, arrange, rehearse, tour, blog, and do inspired projects (like a new awesome documentary i'm working on!). 

--From time-to-time we need to hire other expensive team members who can help us, like this awesome producer I'm working with for the next recording project!  More on that to come.

--What happens after we're sustainable?  I don't know!  Maybe we'll no longer need patrons.  But we'll cross that bridge when we get there.

Specifics: What We'll Use the Money For

Here's the vision right now:

Ongoing projects (albums, videos, etc.) - ** i.e., there's a big recording project coming up in March! **
Publicity for projects
Salary for Chuck 
Salary for Tim 
Salary for one employee
Subscriptions like Mailchimp, web hosting, etc.
(I am not designating a salary for myself at this point, as voiceover is doing a good job of that and it doesn't take up a lot of my time.  However, should we exceed our goal, I will reduce this work.)
(Show fees and merch sales are generally enough to cover on-the-road expenses like lodging and gas.)

A sustainable income for the band (taking into account supplementation from shows, merch sales, etc., would be $10000/month. That sounds like a lot, but we're talking sustainability, thriving.  And if each person on our email list alone were to contribute $4/month, we'd exceed our goal.  If we reach that goal, Stephaniesĭd will be in a very wonderful position to keep rolling and put greater and more expansive work into the world.

But for now...

We're setting a goal of $1000/month.  That will go straight to our project fund and publicity, immediately accelerating our productivity and reach.  This will be greatly beneficial in getting more work out to the world AND having the work seen and heard by others who can both enjoy it and help us sustain.  Then we'll work on getting to the next milestone.

The way Patreon works is that a reader can donate whatever they want per month, and the donation is recurring each month. So anything, from $1/month up, is hugely helpful to the cause.

Thanks for any support you decide to offer if you can--we appreciate you!  But even if you don't decide to support, thank you for being a fan of our music, or at least taking the time to digest to our vision.  

Love!  xo,
Steph and Stephaniesĭd


Just want to leave you with a couple of videos:




p.s. how much we love our fans

a lot.  and patronage is something we really look forward to.  like, you may well change our lives if you become a patron.  it happens even now - folks have helped us with equipment, career advice (a fan told me about this site!), lodging, and gas, especially in places we're not established yet.  patronage allows us to increase the time we can dedicate to the music and to our greater purpose in the world. thanks for reading all the way to the bottom.  we appreciate you so much.  

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Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
0 patrons
You are an Official Excavator! Your email address will be tagged to receive occasional perks like free downloads, a free pass to a show, or something unexpected. (Official Excavator status applies to any pledge from $1 up.)
Pledge $3 or more per month
0 patrons
You are an Official Excavator of course (see above), but you also get to know that for the price of a cup of coffee, your monthly contribution will add up to a very meaningful sum over the course of a year.
Pledge $10 or more per month
0 patrons
You are an Official Excavator of course (see above), but you are also a HERO!  We all have a handful of $10 monthly expenses, and we're honored that you carved out one of yours for us.
Pledge $25 or more per month
0 patrons
I don't even know what to say!!! You're an Official Excavator of course (see above), but your heroic act is that over the course of a year, your contribution will cover the cost of 1800 miles of gas, allowing that gas money to go to band members instead.
Pledge $50 or more per month
0 patrons
You are, like, the most Official Excavator.  For real?!  I didn't even know we could ever deserve this!  Over the course of a year, your contribution is enough to cover a pricey van repair.  You are an angel straight from heaven.
Pledge $100 or more per month
0 patrons
YOU TOTALLY GET US!!!  WE TOTALLY GET YOU!!!  Our work rates high enough in your life to count as another monthly bill, like health insurance or cable. You are an Official Excavator, of course (see above), but you also have our most focused gratitude. xo.