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HELLO! 

As you might know, my name is Craig Reynolds and I make a (arguably excellent) podcast called The Downbeat. The podcast gets between 20-40k listens every month but what some people don't know is that because I refuse to (in between breaths while talking about something completely different) TRY TO SELL YOU A MATTRESS/UNDERWEAR/DOG FOOD - it doesn't pay me anything - which is absolutely fine because that's not why I do it.

BUT...
with the world being completely on fire I want to provide more/better content for this NEW NORMAL OF STAYING INSIDE CONSTANTLY... but I can't really afford it (poor innit, no tours boo hoo)

FIRST OFF
I don't want to alienate or discriminate against anyone else who finds themselves without steady income during this time. I will still continue to make the podcast regardless and it will ALWAYS be free. I don't agree with meet + greets, and I don't agree that if you have more money than someone else you should be treated differently.
SO
There are NO tiers but I'm asking for £1(or more) from anyone who listens to and enjoys the podcast who can afford it. Patreon takes 30p from that so really I'm asking for 70p. 

Anyone who does enjoy the podcast a lot and can afford it, by paying a pound a month is also providing MORE free HIGHER QUALITY entertainment for those who can't afford it. Communism innit.

I will however update the patreon page early with access to The Downbeat clothing range before anyone else, update you with video / photo evidence of WHEN and WHO is on the next episode, and possibly other treats as and when I think of them. Maybe the odd Q+A livestream here. 

WHY?
My main plan (if we reach the amount required) is to rent a new studio to produce the podcast in AND live stream it on twitch. I'll also be doing my drum streams from there so I want to make it really really cool. Problem is, its gonna be expensive. DISCLAIMER I was planning on doing this anyway, with or without your help, its just the COVID situation has really foiled my own funding AND progress with the project. Obviously the livestreaming of guests will be relatively limited during COVID but the plan is to get everything ready for touring to start again and with the studio being 15 minutes from A-market venues, I should be able to do an in-person guest per week. Until then I'll do solo podcasts, drum livestreams and Q+As from the studio, and still continue to produce the audio podcast as normal.

WHAT AM I USING THE MONEY FOR?
Rent on the new studio is £625 a month, plus electricity, plus internet. So maybe £700 a month. My initial plan was to start this with my own money on twitch and hope the subs end up paying for it. No touring means I don't have investment income. No investment income: No studio. With a minimum contract of 12 months on the studio I am too terrified to get my feet wet without any backing. 
On top of this I need to buy a new computer (£500?), 3 decent cameras (£3k lmao), lighting (wtf price?) in order to make the video look nice (and probably hire a guy to do the cameras while we live stream).

If the podcast makes more than we need a month I'm going to PAY my guests to come up here and do episodes. It's a rough time for musicians so being able to give some money to them while the whole thing is fucked will be great, also should provide some solid entertainment!

SCENARIO 1
A 'shit' episode of the podcast gets minimum of 8k listeners in the first week so we can assume it has at least 8000 fans who will listen to any old dogshit I put out. Let's say 10% of them enjoy it enough to give a pound a month. That's (after fees) £560. I've got no problem putting the rest myself and the cameras on a credit card and hoping we pick up steam later on. As I say, pre-covid I was gonna fund all this myself anyway.

SCENARIO 2
The podcast overall has 20-40k monthly listeners. Let's say 20k as a minimum. If you ALL decided to give £1 for one month that would pay for the studio for a year, and all the gear, probably a massive party too then you could all cancel after one month and you've only spent a quid! 

SCENARIO 3
ALL 40k of you love the podcast so much that you give £1 every month. In one year this pays for the studio, the gear, a Lamborghini, 10 drum kits, probably some drugs and ultimately my death. You cancel after one year and you've only spent £12. I am dead, the world rejoices. This is the ideal scenario

IN CONCLUSION
IF THE PATREON MAKES MORE MONEY THAN I NEED I SOLEMNLY PROMISE TO DO INSANE SHIT EVERY SINGLE DAY WITH THE MONEY AND LIVESTREAM IT. THINK DAN BILZARIAN WITHOUT THE LIES OR WOMANIZING. 






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