I'm Bob Smith, and I'm a piano-player, singer-songwriter and video guy.
What is Patreon?
Patreon is an incredible new fundraising platform specifically for creators such as myself.
If you know me well, you know I've never done a Kickstarter or asked my fans for donations in any way. I love making music and producing videos, and I'm gonna keep doing that no matter what. But now, you guys - my friends and fans - have the unique opportunity to financially support what I'm doing, which will enable me to create and upload new videos much more often. Not only that, but it will also help me finance other projects like new EPs, and maybe even touring!
How does it work? Well as opposed to Kickstarter (which asks for a huge amount of money for a large project), Patreon allows you to donate a smaller amount on an ongoing basis.
As my "patron", you can choose to give me a set amount ($1, $3, $5 etc) per music video. You get different rewards (free music, one-on-one Skype sessions etc) for your level of patronage. You can set a monthly maximum donation so you don't go over budget if I go crazy and make extra videos in any given month. And you won't get charged for all my videos - any vlogs or tutorials will be posted for free.
Please note, you don't have to feel obligated to donate. If you enjoy what I do, but simply can't afford to chip in right now, it's totally okay. I will still love you just as much, and I will keep creating new content :) But if you've been watching my videos for a long time, and don't mind giving back a little to help me keep this up... well, I can't possibly begin to tell you how much I would appreciate it.