Well, hello there Superfan!
We're the Belle Miners, an Austral-Canadian band. That's right!
...We're an international supergroup 😁
A lot of the time, our music is used to support campaign initiatives for social reform, the environment and sustainable living. But most of all, we enjoy writing, performing and entertaining like-minded people who remind us how important music is to our everyday life and the world around us.
Well, the internet. Which is sometimes more challenging than it sounds. One of us does live remotely in the far Northwest of Australia. (READ: Terrible, terrible internet. Terrible.) Aside from the magical inter-webs, we've got a long-term, long-distance relationship and have spent enough musical and non-musical time with one another to have knitted together our sound.
Part of your Patreon subscription will be to give you all insight into how we work. You'll see videos, lyric sheets, drawings, hear song clips and get to be "in" on our creative process.
Financially, it "works" because we heavily subsidize our annual tours with our day-jobs and other music gigs AND apply for grants AND crowd-source AND have even had some philanthropic help (from a Belle's Angel just like you!). Whew! That, ladies and gentlemen, is how you bust a backside.
The reality, however, is that making any kind of art for a living is running a business... and it can be a tricky one at that! To continue collaborating internationally AND supporting the causes we love, we have to get a bit creative in the way we perform. We want to make this thing economically viable! Traditional paths to funding music aren't always available to those with feet in different countries. Some have dried up entirely, seemingly replaced by ever more financially lean alternatives... especially for international anomalies like us!
Here's some GOOD NEWS (Yusss!)
Patreon gives us chance to reach out to people like you who want to support artists, for as little as $1 a month ... Yep. You read that right... $1 a month!!!
Can you spare just $1 a month?
A three week international tour with international flights, artists visas and that actually achieves financial progress costs anything from $20,000-$30,000. If you look at our goals, you'll see that with just $1,000 a month, we can do pretty much anything... We can grow your dollar. In fact, we see it as a little tiny seed... add water, food and BAM! big, juicy, green, leafy monster 🌿. And man, if we can get over a thousand then we'll shoot for the moon! Or maybe Zubenelgenubi! Why not?!
When you consider it, this amount is equivalent to a few hundred of you buying an album each year. So if you love our music, and would probably buy our albums anyway, then why not subscribe to our Patreon campaign? You get special privileges for being awesome, you still get the album (without having to fork over that hefty $12 in one go)... and we get a steady income. Win win... and win!
$1000 a month is sufficient enough to grow your contribution of a dollar, into something 20-30 times bigger! Have a look at our goals to see how you can become involved.
Check out our website at http://belleminers.com and have a listen to our music.
Jaime Jackett, Felicia Harding & Marina Avros
With dense vocal harmonies, clever lyrics and a liberating, joyous sound, The Belle Miners are Felicia Harding, Jaime Jackett and Marina Avros. Visit http://belleminers.com to find out more.