Meet Bing Futch, a musician who is producing music and videos all about the Blues and an intriguing instrument called the dulcimer. Location: Orlando, Florida Patreon Page: www.patreon.com/bingfutch Q+A with Bing Futch   Describe, in your own words, what it is that you create: Music and video! I play Appalachian mountain dulcimer, Native American flute, ukulele and keyboards, but mountain dulcimer is my main instrument. The “Dulcimerica” video podcast is a project of mine that’s going into its ninth year with over a million views so far.   How did you get your start as a Patreon creator? A buddy of mine, and fellow mountain dulcimerist/creator, Stephen Seifert, turned me onto Patreon back in 2014 and I leaped in with both feet, right into…

To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power. Or the climbing, falling colors of a rainbow. —Maya Angelou Mothers: They are love, wisdom, and power—all wrapped up into one warm, selfless package. Life—with all its joys and adventures—would literally not exist without them. But motherhood is also a full-time job (oftentimes in addition to a day job), and just like any other job, there are challenges, successes, and dreams that come along for the ride. In the spirit of Mother’s Day, we’ve spoken with four mothers—Sarah Lacy, Lynette Carolla, Stefanie Wilder-Taylor, and Lucy Knisley—who’ve not only pushed boundaries as creators, but who’ve also leveraged their experiences as mothers to inspire, fuel, and monetize…

In an earnest attempt to prevent FOMO from our upcoming event (which you can still RSVP for), we asked the Portland Indie Game Squad (or PIGSquad) to share some of their biggest Patreon learnings with us. Here is some advice on how a non-profit is using Patreon for hosting live community events. Q+A with Will Lewis from PIGSquad In your own words, what's PIGSquad? The Portland Indie Game Squad (or PIGSquad) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the health and continued expansion of game developer communities in Portland, the Pacific Northwest, and online. We do this through meetup events, workshops, game jams, and networking activities for art and technology creatives to make lots of Portland gamedev connection possible! How did you…

“If we can arm future generations with the mindset that the planet is a valuable and singular thing, and that we need to be proactive about stewarding our relationship with it, we can prepare ourselves by raising generations that are defenders of this earth.” About the Creators Casson Trenor (the writer) and Caia Koopman (the illustrator) are creating a children’s book about ocean conservation, and they are sharing each step of the way on Patreon. Located in different cities with entirely different backgrounds, Caia and Casson are joining forces to accomplish one mission: to make this world a better place. Their story is called Umijoo. It’s the tale of a girl who lives on an island and feels disconnected from…

  Patreon is like that dreamy cottage in the middle of the woods. If you're an artist, you know exactly what I mean: We all want to be there, surrounded by trees (or the sea), with lots of tea and coffee, endless snacks, mountains of art supplies (or maybe instruments), music and blankets, and just be able to work without worries on personal projects for as long as we need.—Fran Meneses, Illustrator and Vlogger But life wasn’t always a beach for the UK-based artist. In 2015, self-taught illustrator Fran Meneses (aka Frannerd) was an unemployed, struggling artist in London with no savings, no commissions, and no plans. So she rolled up her sleeves and embarked on Inktober, a yearly challenge…

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With over 1 in 3 Americans now having listened to a podcast, it’s getting easier and more attractive to start and grow your own show. The rise of podcasts is, in many ways, similar to the rise of blogs. Blogs grew more and more popular as a way for people to create their own newspapers, magazines, and periodicals, and now podcasts are continuing to grow in popularity as a way for anyone to make their own radio show. And just as it’s easy to write a blog, but hard to make it popular, it’s relatively easy to get started podcasting, but not so easy to promote it effectively once you do. Since so many podcasters use Patreon to grow their audience and…

You’ve reached that proud point in your career that you’ve been striving for - your fanbase is growing. Exponentially. You’re watching your follower numbers tick upward every day - five figures, six figures, seven figures... You’re probably half-celebrating, and half-suppressing a panic attack. You may be thinking, “How the heck am I going to stay in touch with all these people?” Fostering relationships with your fans is priceless But as your fanbase grows,  it becomes increasingly difficult to stay in touch with all of your fans. Even just your super engaged fans are numbering a lot higher now. Peter Hollens touts the importance of responding to every single comment and DM to grow your tribe - but what about when those…

You’ve worked your butt off to build a large, engaged following of fans. You’ve been replying to comments, getting to know your fans on a personal level, and have built up a great sense of tribe with them. Now that you have an amazing community, let's start promoting the "-unity" and help your fans get to know each other! Why is it important, you ask? Interaction between your fans promotes an even more solid community around your art Your fans each have a common interest - your work! And because of that, they're bound to have more in common, too. When you start the conversation, your fans will run with it, and create new friendships amongst themselves. This is a…

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