On September 23, 2020, popular podcast host Joe Budden aired his last episode of The Joe Budden Podcast on Spotify with the vision of building a new home on his own terms. While contemplating his next move, he met with Jack, and the connection was instantaneous.
We’re pleased to announce that Patreon is the new destination for Joe’s most passionate fans and all those seeking more content and connection with The Joe Budden Network. Bonus episodes of the chart-topping podcast, new content franchises, BTS content, and a patron-only Discord will be the benefits provided, bringing fans even closer to Joe, Rory, Mal, Ian, along with the rest of the network family.
In addition to launching on the Patreon platform, Joe has been given the title of Head of Creator Equity. In a time where creators are constantly being exploited, Joe and Patreon have partnered to defiantly proclaim that the system for creators is broken, and we are going to continue to fight for industry-wide change.
In Jack’s words, “Joe understands the discrepancy between what creators are worth and what they are paid. From music to podcasts, Joe has found himself reaching millions of people and getting a tiny fraction of the value he has created. That’s exactly the problem that Patreon set out to solve — and Joe wants to help. We’re excited to start working with him and figuring out even more ways to close the gap between the value that creators bring into the world and what they’re actually paid.”
By bringing exclusive content from The Joe Budden Network to Patreon, Joe is a true example of creative freedom and independence: he’ll circumvent the current challenges of the creative system, connect directly and authentically with his listeners and create on his own terms.
Joe said of the launch and partnership, “I’ve seen firsthand that exploitation is everywhere in this industry – it’s become the status quo, and I’m tired of it. I’m tired of constantly fighting for independence, and I’m tired of proving my value over and over again. This partnership with Patreon marks a new era for the creative economy: one where independence comes first, and creators get paid – something that shouldn’t be revolutionary. Creators should get the biggest stake in their art, and the system isn’t ready to do that, so we’re going to change the system. This is the new blueprint, and we are the first.”
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves!