David Rovics

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Viva La Lumpen!

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All members of my patronage program from this tier on up get access to the Everything David Rovics folder, which includes high-quality downloads of all of my albums, exclusive live recordings, and exclusive access to my audio memoir and various other digital goodies.  All members of my CSA here or elsewhere, at every tier, get a complementary theme song written about you or whatever you're up to, upon request.

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Everything from the Lumpen tier, plus upon request, you may also receive:


  • a complementary package of physical goodies in the mail, including CDs and vinyl
  • a Better Anarchist Club membership card, giving you free access to most of my shows, worldwide
  • complementary coaching sessions on- or off-line on playing the guitar, writing songs, booking tours, or whatever else, as time allows

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As with the tiers below, but with Better Anarchist club cards for every family member upon request, along with an annual t-shirt mailed your way, any time you'd like a fresh one.  Also the awards for those tiers, such as theme song, coaching sessions, Everything folder access, applies to everyone in the family!

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About David Rovics

I'm a songwriter, blogger and podcaster based in Portland, Oregon.  In the modern era of free streaming and expensive rent, I have adapted to the patronage model of survival.  I've set this up using various platforms -- mainly my own website with the aid of Paypal, and Bandcamp.  As of the end of 2019, I've added Patreon as another patronage option.

The patronage concept in a nutshell is simple.  For me -- as for so many other musicians, artists, journalists and others that today we often call content creators -- it is no longer possible to make ends meet by some combination of traveling, performing, writing and recording.  That economy has largely collapsed, in so many ways.  What has, for some of us, made it possible to continue full speed ahead with what we do, is a combination of crowdfunding individual projects, and subscription-style, ongoing patronage from supporters, organized through platforms such as this one.

Mainly what you get in exchange for your support is the knowledge that you are making it possible for me to keep doing what I do.  But there are also many different exclusive offerings, only available to patrons, and there will be many more to come!

Goals
178 of 1,000 patrons
When I started my patronage program, which I have called my Community-Supported Art program since 2013, my goal was to reach a thousand paid subscribers.  What I have found since that time is that as people join, others drop off, and I generally have around 250 current subscribers at any given time.  My hope is that by expanding my catalog of exclusive digital offerings, and by using other platforms like this one, I'll break through this chipboard ceiling.

The goal, then, is to keep on writing and recording songs and albums, putting them up for free, along with podcasts and essays and other things, some of which is only for supporters.  But the goal, fundamentally, is to keep going, despite the challenges inherent in the free economy, combined with the housing crisis.
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