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Trying to Figure Out Your Best Special Offer? Paul M. Sutter says, “Experiment!”

Paul M. Sutter shares how he grew his patrons and earnings with the Special Offer feature!

May 16, 2019Zaedryn Rook

Patrick Hinds is Obsessed: See How Patreon Brought This True Crime Podcast to Life

Learn how Patrick Hinds uses his obsession with true crime to power his Patreon backed podcast.

May 16, 2019Fiona Tapp

Who Will Sit on the Iron Throne? These Game of Thrones Pages Share Predictions

As the series finale quickly approaches, these GoT-focused Patreon creators can help you get your theories in order.

May 10, 2019Muriel Vega

This Might Get Weird, But it Totally Works. How to Build a Tailored Patreon Site for Your Devoted Fans.

Does weird sell? If you ask these ladies it does! Here’s how to create your own weird, wonderful Patreon site to connect with your supporters.

May 09, 2019Amanda Derrick

Check out these 10 Patreon Creators Nominated for the Shorty Awards

Join Patreon in congratulating these creators nominated for the Shorty Awards!

May 03, 2019Katherine Hosmer

“Punch up the Jam” Creators Share How They Connect with Their Fans

The “Punch Up the Jam” podcast has hosts Miel Bredouw and Demi Adejuyigbe remixing all your favorite pop hits. Find out how they used Patreon to grow their creative business.

April 30, 2019Fiona Tapp

How Watch What Crappens Connects With their Fans By Celebrating Their Uniqueness

It’s funny how our interests can bring us together. Some people love knitting, others love music, and well, others just love Bravo reality…

April 30, 2019Muriel Vega

#BlackGirlMagic: 10 Patreon Creators Who Inspire Us Daily

#BlackGirlMagic is all about celebrating dope, inspirational black women. To put our own spin on it, here are 10 black female-identifying Patreon creators who are making waves right on this very platform.

April 28, 2019Jasmine Williams

The Podcaster’s Guide to Launching on Patreon

Here's what podcasters should do two months, one month, and one week before launching on Patreon.

April 24, 2019Susan Johnston Taylor

How “Hannahlyze This” Uses Patreon to Talk About Mental Health

See how two best friends and podcasters are changing the way we talk about mental health.

April 23, 2019Katherine Hosmer

How to Not Waste Your Money on Facebook or Instagram Ads

We talked to Patreon creator and marketing expert Suzanne Yada about how to successfully use social media ads. Read our tips from the workshop and watch the full video.

April 22, 2019Leanna Johnson

How Lore Brings the Darker Elements of Human History to the Masses

Creator Aaron Mahnke delivers stories from the darkest corners of human history on his popular Lore podcast and he gave us the insight on how Patreon helped him to connect with his audience.

April 19, 2019Fiona Tapp

How Zola Jesus Cut Out the Middleman to Engage With Her Fans Directly

Indie artist Zola Jesus creates a sustainable music career by engaging her fans directly through Patreon.

April 18, 2019Muriel Vega

Creator Gloria Calderon Kellett Talks About The Benefits of Membership

What’s so great about Patreon? TV show creator and writer Gloria Calderón Kellett shares how she and artist husband Dave can support a flexible lifestyle, family, and fellow artists.

April 18, 2019Leanna Johnson

Super Busy Singer is Still Busy, Still Seeing Results with Special Offers

Rebecca Loebe thought she was too busy to offer something special, but he found special offers easier than she expected.

April 16, 2019Zaedryn Rook

The Top 10 Rewards Patreon Musicians Offer Their Fans

Fun and unique rewards that can help creators engage with and connect to their loyal fanbase.

April 15, 2019Nicole Ortiz

How to Start a Mastermind Group with Other Creators

Mastermind groups aren’t just for businesses — creatives can use the support, camaraderie, and brainstorming, too.

April 09, 2019Zaedryn Rook

6 Themes We Saw at SXSW 2019

From creative performances to expert panels — from executive keynotes to podcasts tapings — SXSW 2019 offered fresh takes on entrepreneurship, entertainment, and making content that fosters a community. Here are the key themes from this year's festival.

March 15, 2019Erica Hawkins

Patreon at SXSW: Day Three at the House of Creativity

We wrapped up our SXSW residency on Rainey Street with more creator-centric panels featuring podcast and other industry experts. Plus, Jack welcomed Amanda Palmer and Ben Folds on stage to talk about how creators can engage with their communities.

March 13, 2019Erica Hawkins

Patreon at SXSW: Day Two at the House of Creativity

Day 2 of SXSW was magic: we hosted five panels and performances onsite at the #HouseOfCreativity before the sun went down, and across town, Jack brought down another house. At night, six artists took the stage for a must-see musical showcase. Read on!

March 12, 2019Erica Hawkins

Patreon at SXSW: Day One at the House of Creativity

Patreon is in Austin, Texas, for SXSW and we're recapping all the festival fun happening at our #HouseOfCreativity on Rainey Street. Day One featured The Try Guys, Hannahlyze This, and memorable music from industry icons.

March 11, 2019Erica Hawkins

Patreon at SXSW: 5 Things We Learned about Fighting Bias with Content

Curious about how cognitive bias impacts content creation? We sat in on a panel David Dylan Thomas (of Think Company) hosted at SXSW, and took notes on how our cognitive biases seep into everything we create.

March 10, 2019Erica Hawkins

Patreon at SXSW: 5 Things We Learned at So, You Think You Can Podcast?

Want to know what makes a podcast so successful? A panel of experts met in Austin, TX, and laid out the five fundamentals at a hot SXSW panel. Don't worry, we took all the notes and are sharing them with you.

March 09, 2019Erica Hawkins

Patreon at SXSW: Steps to Launching and Growing a Membership Business

Want to launch a membership business but don't know how? Our Creator Partnerships Lead, Alexis Gay, gives you steps for success in this SXSW session.

March 08, 2019Erica Hawkins

10 Can't-Miss SXSW Panels for Creators

With countless options to absorb all things film, music, and more - where do you start with SXSW panels? We know that scheduling the perfect panel programming agenda ain't easy, so we’ve done the work for you.

March 07, 2019Erica Hawkins

Looking for what to do at SXSW? Join Patreon’s House of Creativity for panels and performances from groundbreaking creators.

Patreon is heading to SXSW and showcasing creator panels, live performances, and more at our House of Creativity. Get all the details in this post and we'll see you in Austin!

March 06, 2019Valerie Veteto

Our 5 Favorite Meetups for Creators at SXSW 2019

Interested in collaborating, co-mingling, and getting to know other creators just like you while at SXSW? Check out our list of meetups for creators!

March 01, 2019Erica Hawkins

How to Keep Creating When You Want to Quit

Creating is hard. Living a creative life, and turning it into a sustainable business, is ridiculously hard. But don’t give up quite yet.

February 28, 2019Zaedryn Rook

Ultimate 2019 SXSW Survival Guide for Creators

Attending SXSW this March and looking for a guide on how to survive the festival? This guide is for you!

February 20, 2019Erica Hawkins

How Patreon Helps Creators Do What They Love

How does Patreon help creators do what they love? Support, community, and freedom to grow a fanbase are just a few of the ways.

February 14, 2019Fiona Tapp

A Creative Pep Talk: How to Kick That Impostor Feeling to The Curb

Impostor syndrome occurs to everyone, no matter how successful. We talked to our Patreon community to see how they broke the habit.

February 12, 2019Muriel Vega

Kati Morton's Top 13 Ways to Identify and Deal with Creator Burnout

Burnout doesn’t look the same on everyone. Patreon creator Kati Morton explains what it is and how to deal.

February 07, 2019Muriel Vega

How Films for Action Reached Their Goals by Focusing on Community First

After Facebook changed its algorithm, Films for Action reached their goals with a community-supported model.

January 24, 2019Nicole Ortiz

Beating Creator Burnout: 5 Tips for Managing Stress

Have you ever experienced creator burnout? Here are five things you can do to manage your stress and get back on track.

January 09, 2019Daisy Barringer

The Worst New Year Resolutions for Creative People

Make your new year resolutions more attainable with these actionable tips for creators.

January 02, 2019Muriel Vega

4 Things That Can Help You Explain Your Creative Career to Your Parents

Explaining to parents and friends that Patreon helps you pay the bills and support your creative career can be a long journey, but it doesn’t have to be. This article can help break it down for them.

December 20, 2018Muriel Vega

21 Highlights from #ThankYouPatrons Day 2018

A recap of our second annual Thank You Patrons Day: a very deserved day of gratitude for the people who support creators.

November 21, 2018Taryn Arnold

Special Offer Success That’s Out of This World

Astrophysicist Paul M. Sutter shares how Patreon's Special Offer feature helped his community and earnings grow.

November 14, 2018Kate Holt

Super Busy Singer Finds Success with Special Offers

Singer and songwriter Rebecca Loebe shares how she utilized Patreon's Special Offer feature to gain new patrons.

November 14, 2018Kate Holt

Artist Turns Authentic Exclusivity Into Special Offer Success

Meet Marshall Short, PrintableHeroes What started out as a hobby on Tumblr turned into a full-time job for Marshall Short, the creative…

November 14, 2018Kate Holt

How to Make Money as a Writer with 43-time Published Author Seanan McGuire

If you’ve ever wondered how to make money as a writer, Seanan McGuire is one of the best authors to ask. After all, she’s published 43 books in addition to authoring numerous poems and short stories.

September 11, 2018Olivia Seitz

How to Monetize a YouTube Channel: 12 Tactics the Whiskey Tribe Used to Reach Nearly $20k/mo on Patreon

Whiskey Tribe is known for their deep knowledge of whiskey and online shenanigans. Learn their top 12 tips and tricks for monetizing a YouTube channel.

August 17, 2018Olivia Seitz

Taylor Ray Holbrook Is Not Your Typical Country Musician — And He Doesn’t Want To Be

Country musician Taylor Ray Holbrook shares his path to fame, along with his success on YouTube, iTunes, and Google Play.

August 17, 2018Madison Kahn

How Peter Hollens Went From A Cappella Nerd To Internet Stardom

Today, singer Peter Hollens produces at least one new music video every other week for his 2 million YouTube subscribers, his 2 million Facebook followers, and hundreds of thousands of other fans on Instagram and Twitter.

August 07, 2018Madison Kahn

Inside the Mind of a Patron

Stefan Frandsen shares his love of social media, vlogs, and supporting creators on Patreon.

July 24, 2018Madison Kahn

How I Turned Color Magazine into a $25,000/mo Business

Ann Kullberg’s marketing coordinator details the strategies they used to gather 100+ patrons during their Patreon launch in January 2018.

July 02, 2018Olivia Seitz

Everything I Learned Growing a YouTube Channel to 800k Subscribers & $3,200/mo in 2 years

Michael Tucker of Lessons from the Screenplay shares how he used Patreon to support the launch of his YouTube channel and transition into a full-time video essay creator.

June 27, 2018Olivia Seitz

Professor Steve Keen Lost $75k of His Research Funding: Here's How He Got it Back

Professor Steve Keen, an anti-economist creating “realistic economics for the post-crash world,” describes how he built an impressive $6,000+ Patreon page in only one year.

June 20, 2018Olivia Seitz

600,000 Podcast Listeners Fuel this Non-Profit: Here's How They Did It

Sol Hanna shares what it’s like to run a Patreon page for a non-profit organization. Plus, how Patreon allows the Buddhist Society of Western Australia to tap into global funding.

June 20, 2018Olivia Seitz

Creative Freedom: Why the ‘Great War’ Creators Are Going Independent for World War II

The Great War is a phenomenon. From July 28, 2014 — the centennial anniversary of World War I — to today, the Great War team has published…

April 12, 2018Olivia Seitz