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Hello!

If you’re a fan of The Ragbirds' music and you want to support our ongoing efforts to create, tour, and record  - Patreon is the place. Welcome and thank you for checking it out. 

The Ragbirds have toured in 47 states (+ Canada & Japan) with a contagiously joyous, high-energy live show and an honest message of hope. The folk-rock songs we create are rooted in rhythm, influenced by sounds from all over the world. We've independently released 5 studio albums and we're currently writing songs for the next one.

We continue to work hard as entrepreneurs in a field which is unlike any other business - where the hours clocked in do not correlate to the paychecks received and where experience and skill do not correlate with promotion or perceived value. We have traveled a long way to find we still don't know how to get where we are going. And we've learned the hard way that the non-stop touring life is not as sustainable as we thought. 

That's how we ended up here.

This is far from a sad story. In fact we are full of gratitude and ready to make a positive, healthy change - one that sustains both the musician and the music.

As the band’s songwriter, I’ve still got a lot more to say and I’m nowhere near done making music. I’ve got over 80 songs in various stages of completion that no one has heard yet. I’ve got a new Ragbirds’ album, a Christmas album, a children’s album, a worship project, and a solo album in my sights for the near future along with a number of art projects and music videos. I write constantly and I want to share it with you through blogs, poems, stories, and songs. There are a lot of costs involved with each of these projects. I’ve got the ideas, the skills, the instruments, the team and the ambition. All I need is to stop my wheels long enough to dig in to this creative work and still be able to afford the cost of living.

Instead of doing a big flurry of crowdfunding for each new project we have decided to take a different approach. We’re rejecting the urgent deadlines, the super-hype complex, the desperate pleading. We’re rejecting the ad-laced blogs, clickbait tactics, the click-to-vote, and the braggadocio.

We want to write and record music at a natural and healthy pace. We want to tour seasonally and not constantly, taking the time to reimagine our live show so we can make it better every single time. I want to tell you more of the stories that I can't share from the stage, to share the glut of footage and photos and recordings we already have cramming up our hard drives. I want to tackle the ever-growing list of creative projects I keep dreaming up but never have the time or the funding to accomplish.

To DO this I will need support. I need a salary and a budget to work with to pay for the recording studios, musicians, graphic designers, filmmakers, office rent, crew, gas, food, supplies, promotion, etc.

Patreon offers an alternative to the hype game - a subscription-based model where the value is in the content. The artist's value is determined by you, and the creators of the content are rewarded for creating engaging content. Our reward is a sustainable living wage - so we can continue creating more content.

As a patron you'll be an insider along the journey of creating music, with the joy of knowing that you helped to make it possible. Check out all the incentives, rewards, and experiences we’ve laid out below and feel free to ask us any questions.


Tiers
Bird House Club Member
$1 or more per month
Your support means so much and your voice is important to us. Thank you! You’ll get access to the patron-only feed where we get to know each other - it's like a mini-blog and community forum all in one place.  As a 'Bird House Club' member you'll be able to 'virtually' hang out with us through exclusive live streams of special shows and events.


Includes

  • Bird House Club membership
  • Patron-only content feed, including exclusive live-streams
Bird House Club First Floor
$5 or more per month
Welcome to the first floor, come on up and make yourself at home! As a Bird House Club member you'll get access to the patron-only feed where we get to know each other - and you can 'virtually' hang out with us through exclusive live streams. First floor members will get music to download each month - MP3s sent directly to your email inbox! New songs, live recordings, demos, and rare mixes.


Includes

  • Bird House Club membership
  • Patron-only content feed, including exclusive live-streams
  • Monthly MP3 Download 
Bird House Club 2nd Floor
$10 or more per month
You're supporting us a lot here and $10 a month is really generous. Thank you! 

Our second floor guests will get all of the above and we’ll give you a Twitter Follow/ Social Media Shout Out. PLUS you'll also receive a Happy Birthday VIDEO! (We’ll perform a personalized birthday song for you or the person of your choice and send you a video, for download and social media)


  • Bird House Club membership
  • Patron-only content feed, including exclusive live-streams
  • Monthly MP3 Download
  • Social Media Follow
  • Customized Birthday Video
Bird House Club 3rd Floor
$25 or more per month
You are really showing us some serious love here. THANK YOU. You’ll get all the access listed above PLUS you’ll get access to the entire TOP SECRET Vault of Live Show Recordings, which spans our 12 years of touring. We will continue to add to this database as we go, which means you get to feel like you are right there with us, even when you can't be there in person.

Includes
  • Bird House Club membership
  • Patron-only content feed, including exclusive live-streams
  • Monthly MP3 Download
  • Social Media Follow
  • Customized Birthday Video
  • Access to Vault of LIVE-Show Recordings
Bird House Top Floor
$100 or more per month
(inner circle - limited to 15) 

You're awesome, and you are a true investor.  


Of course you’ll get all of the above.. plus we'll thank you personally via email/phone/both (and chances are, we already know you)  AND you'll be on the guest list to any Ragbirds' headline show (if we can manage it, which we almost always can)

  • Bird House Club membership
  • Patron-only content feed, including exclusive live-streams
  • Monthly MP3 Download
  • Social Media Follow
  • Customized Birthday Video
  • Access to Vault of LIVE-Show Recordings
  • Guest List Spot at Every Show
Goals
50 of 100 patrons
When we reach 100 patrons we will celebrate with another streaming live party (woot woot!!!!) but this time we will invite all of you to be there in person as well! A private show for Bird House Club members only - we can't wait! Spread the word and get your friends to join the club so we can all make it happen! : )
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Hello!

If you’re a fan of The Ragbirds' music and you want to support our ongoing efforts to create, tour, and record  - Patreon is the place. Welcome and thank you for checking it out. 

The Ragbirds have toured in 47 states (+ Canada & Japan) with a contagiously joyous, high-energy live show and an honest message of hope. The folk-rock songs we create are rooted in rhythm, influenced by sounds from all over the world. We've independently released 5 studio albums and we're currently writing songs for the next one.

We continue to work hard as entrepreneurs in a field which is unlike any other business - where the hours clocked in do not correlate to the paychecks received and where experience and skill do not correlate with promotion or perceived value. We have traveled a long way to find we still don't know how to get where we are going. And we've learned the hard way that the non-stop touring life is not as sustainable as we thought. 

That's how we ended up here.

This is far from a sad story. In fact we are full of gratitude and ready to make a positive, healthy change - one that sustains both the musician and the music.

As the band’s songwriter, I’ve still got a lot more to say and I’m nowhere near done making music. I’ve got over 80 songs in various stages of completion that no one has heard yet. I’ve got a new Ragbirds’ album, a Christmas album, a children’s album, a worship project, and a solo album in my sights for the near future along with a number of art projects and music videos. I write constantly and I want to share it with you through blogs, poems, stories, and songs. There are a lot of costs involved with each of these projects. I’ve got the ideas, the skills, the instruments, the team and the ambition. All I need is to stop my wheels long enough to dig in to this creative work and still be able to afford the cost of living.

Instead of doing a big flurry of crowdfunding for each new project we have decided to take a different approach. We’re rejecting the urgent deadlines, the super-hype complex, the desperate pleading. We’re rejecting the ad-laced blogs, clickbait tactics, the click-to-vote, and the braggadocio.

We want to write and record music at a natural and healthy pace. We want to tour seasonally and not constantly, taking the time to reimagine our live show so we can make it better every single time. I want to tell you more of the stories that I can't share from the stage, to share the glut of footage and photos and recordings we already have cramming up our hard drives. I want to tackle the ever-growing list of creative projects I keep dreaming up but never have the time or the funding to accomplish.

To DO this I will need support. I need a salary and a budget to work with to pay for the recording studios, musicians, graphic designers, filmmakers, office rent, crew, gas, food, supplies, promotion, etc.

Patreon offers an alternative to the hype game - a subscription-based model where the value is in the content. The artist's value is determined by you, and the creators of the content are rewarded for creating engaging content. Our reward is a sustainable living wage - so we can continue creating more content.

As a patron you'll be an insider along the journey of creating music, with the joy of knowing that you helped to make it possible. Check out all the incentives, rewards, and experiences we’ve laid out below and feel free to ask us any questions.


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Tiers
Bird House Club Member
$1 or more per month
Your support means so much and your voice is important to us. Thank you! You’ll get access to the patron-only feed where we get to know each other - it's like a mini-blog and community forum all in one place.  As a 'Bird House Club' member you'll be able to 'virtually' hang out with us through exclusive live streams of special shows and events.


Includes

  • Bird House Club membership
  • Patron-only content feed, including exclusive live-streams
Bird House Club First Floor
$5 or more per month
Welcome to the first floor, come on up and make yourself at home! As a Bird House Club member you'll get access to the patron-only feed where we get to know each other - and you can 'virtually' hang out with us through exclusive live streams. First floor members will get music to download each month - MP3s sent directly to your email inbox! New songs, live recordings, demos, and rare mixes.


Includes

  • Bird House Club membership
  • Patron-only content feed, including exclusive live-streams
  • Monthly MP3 Download 
Bird House Club 2nd Floor
$10 or more per month
You're supporting us a lot here and $10 a month is really generous. Thank you! 

Our second floor guests will get all of the above and we’ll give you a Twitter Follow/ Social Media Shout Out. PLUS you'll also receive a Happy Birthday VIDEO! (We’ll perform a personalized birthday song for you or the person of your choice and send you a video, for download and social media)


  • Bird House Club membership
  • Patron-only content feed, including exclusive live-streams
  • Monthly MP3 Download
  • Social Media Follow
  • Customized Birthday Video
Bird House Club 3rd Floor
$25 or more per month
You are really showing us some serious love here. THANK YOU. You’ll get all the access listed above PLUS you’ll get access to the entire TOP SECRET Vault of Live Show Recordings, which spans our 12 years of touring. We will continue to add to this database as we go, which means you get to feel like you are right there with us, even when you can't be there in person.

Includes
  • Bird House Club membership
  • Patron-only content feed, including exclusive live-streams
  • Monthly MP3 Download
  • Social Media Follow
  • Customized Birthday Video
  • Access to Vault of LIVE-Show Recordings
Bird House Top Floor
$100 or more per month
(inner circle - limited to 15) 

You're awesome, and you are a true investor.  


Of course you’ll get all of the above.. plus we'll thank you personally via email/phone/both (and chances are, we already know you)  AND you'll be on the guest list to any Ragbirds' headline show (if we can manage it, which we almost always can)

  • Bird House Club membership
  • Patron-only content feed, including exclusive live-streams
  • Monthly MP3 Download
  • Social Media Follow
  • Customized Birthday Video
  • Access to Vault of LIVE-Show Recordings
  • Guest List Spot at Every Show