Musicians

Patreon Sent the British Parliament a Letter on Behalf of Musicians

Patreon Sent the British Parliament a Letter on Behalf of Musicians

Patreon

2020 has been an incredibly tough year. And that’s especially true if you’re an artist in the music industry. With the live music market being decimated by Covid-19, artists have been forced to rely mainly on revenue from streaming to try to earn a living from their music. This is especially true in the U.K., […]

Electronic Musicians Find Their Community on Patreon

Electronic Musicians Find Their Community on Patreon

Thilo Schneider

We asked Mark de Clive-Lowe, Martyn, Rhythm Section, Speedy J and Jennfier Cardini how they build community on Patreon.

How UK Producer and Beatboxer Beardyman Found Success Outside of The Big Machine

How UK Producer and Beatboxer Beardyman Found Success Outside of The Big Machine

Caitlin White

Beardyman opens up about the democratization of creativity and sustaining his unique music career through authentic audience connection.

German Singer-Songwriter Mogli Embraces Vulnerability to Connect with Fans

German Singer-Songwriter Mogli Embraces Vulnerability to Connect with Fans

Lior Phillips

The artist shares how owning her career means honesty and transparency through her art and building a candid connection to her fans.

The True Value of Digital Media Is Building a Community Among Readers

The True Value of Digital Media Is Building a Community Among Readers

Cherie Hu

Cherie Hu shares how journalists can create success on Patreon by seeing readers as primary customers, treating value as a conversation, and building trust at the heart of her business.

Don’t blame 2020: musician Rhiannon Giddens thinks the current crisis goes deeper than the pandemic

Don’t blame 2020: musician Rhiannon Giddens thinks the current crisis goes deeper than the pandemic

Matt St. John

Read on to learn why Grammy award-winning musician Rhiannon Giddens believes the music industry’s problems started way before COVID-19.

Have Your Party Here: How Rhythm Section is Expanding their Mentorship and Music Movement Online

Have Your Party Here: How Rhythm Section is Expanding their Mentorship and Music Movement Online

Erica Campbell

We spoke with founder Bradley Zero Phillip to learn how the independent, multifaceted musical organization is expanding their global music movement.

André Allen Anjos aka RAC is Remixing Nostalgia with the Present Moment

André Allen Anjos aka RAC is Remixing Nostalgia with the Present Moment

Caitlin White

With fans who are used to gathering digitally, and a pension for the present moment, musician and record producer RAC is releasing his latest album and building community with Patreon.

We Asked Musicians How They’re Handling The New Normal

We Asked Musicians How They’re Handling The New Normal

Caitlin White

Now more than ever, musicians are tapping into Patreon as a resource to stay connected to fans and move forward with their careers, here’s how.

Let’s Support Musicians Right Now With a Weird Virtual Music Festival

Let’s Support Musicians Right Now With a Weird Virtual Music Festival

Matt St. John

We're making playlists on Spotify and YouTube to raise awareness about the devastating effect Coronavirus is having on musicians.

A Letter From Patreon’s Head of Music

A Letter From Patreon’s Head of Music

Joe Barham

Some words from Patreon's Head of Music about the devastating impact Coronavirus is having on musicians and their teams.

How German Musician Rival is Connecting with Fans Outside the Algorithm

How German Musician Rival is Connecting with Fans Outside the Algorithm

Fiona Tapp

Most fans don’t know what goes into making a song, but German “melodic trap” artist Rival is giving his audience a behind the scenes look at the intricate process with Patreon.

Hainbach’s Music is a Collaborative Experiment with His Community

Hainbach’s Music is a Collaborative Experiment with His Community

Fiona Tapp

Rejecting the “new shiny” Hainbach is experimenting and connecting by finding new ways to make and share his music.

For Einstürzende Neubauten, Creative Freedom is Nothing New

For Einstürzende Neubauten, Creative Freedom is Nothing New

Leanna Lee

Pioneering musical act, Einstürzende Neubauten, have been expanding the limits of rock and industrial for over 40 years. To learn why independence has always been vital to the band's music, read on.

How Judith Holofernes Made The Move From Platinum Pop Star to Indie Creator

How Judith Holofernes Made The Move From Platinum Pop Star to Indie Creator

Jasmine Williams

When Judith left her band Wir sind Helden, she was burnt out and ready for a change. Now the independent musician, writer, and podcaster is charting her own path on Patreon.

Ani DiFranco On Why She Never Signed With a Major Label

Ani DiFranco On Why She Never Signed With a Major Label

Fiona Tapp

Ani DiFranco opens up about her new memoir, balancing family time with touring, and why she's always been an independent artist.

Why Would a Rapper Get in the Ring with a Pro-Wrestler? Ask Open Mike Eagle.

Why Would a Rapper Get in the Ring with a Pro-Wrestler? Ask Open Mike Eagle.

Matt St. John

When rapper Open Mike Eagle was called out in a tweet by pro-wrestler Shiloh Jonze, he didn't just tweet back — he put on spandex and got in the ring. To learn more about Open Mike Eagle's journey from rapper to wrestler, read on.

Watch: Artist Aja Kahti on the Joy of Creative Control

Watch: Artist Aja Kahti on the Joy of Creative Control

Erica Campbell

Atlanta based artist and musician Aja Kahti doesn't need permission to create music. She gives that to herself. To learn more about what creative ownership means to Aja, watch now.

Watch: Why Rapper Kap G Prioritizes Creative Freedom

Watch: Why Rapper Kap G Prioritizes Creative Freedom

Erica Campbell

For rapper Kap G, authenticity is everything. To learn more about how Kap G tells his story through hip hop, watch now.

Watch: These Artists Don’t Need Permission to Pursue Music

Watch: These Artists Don’t Need Permission to Pursue Music

Erica Campbell

Learn why musicians like Kap G and Damone Tyrell aren't waiting for permission to create music, and what artistic ownership means to them.

A Primer on Pursuing Music Without Permission

A Primer on Pursuing Music Without Permission

Patreon

Patreon took over a studio in Atlanta, Georgia and gave up-and-coming artists the chance to record, write, and tell us their stories. Here's what they said.

How Gabbie Hanna Makes Her Multipassionate Career Work

How Gabbie Hanna Makes Her Multipassionate Career Work

Jasmine Williams

Gabbie Hanna is a singer-songwriter, YouTube content creator, MTV personality, author, and that’s not all. We caught up with Hanna to learn how she transformed vine success into a multifaceted career.

Introducing Spotify Playlist #2, Patreon Assembly

Introducing Spotify Playlist #2, Patreon Assembly

Matt St. John

It's amazing how music can make you feel connected, even if you're listening to it in your headphones. If you're in need of a little togetherness, check out our latest Spotify playlist.

Why Rapper Kap G Prioritizes Creative Freedom

Why Rapper Kap G Prioritizes Creative Freedom

Muriel Vega

Rapper Kap G shares how he successfully speaks to his community while pursuing creative control.

Artist Aja Kahti on the Joy of Creative Control

Artist Aja Kahti on the Joy of Creative Control

Amanda Derrick

Aja Kahti is drawn to music to express her purest ideas; here’s how she takes ownership of her entrepreneurial path to preserve her creativity.

How Singer-Songwriter Raye Zaragoza Cracked the Code to Connection

How Singer-Songwriter Raye Zaragoza Cracked the Code to Connection

Erica Campbell

Singer-songwriter Raye Zaragoza shares why she doesn’t really see Patreon as an artist to fan platform, but a human to human platform.

Interview with Alissa White-Gluz, Lead Vocalist of Arch Enemy

Interview with Alissa White-Gluz, Lead Vocalist of Arch Enemy

Matt St. John

Alissa White-Gluz is one of the most versatile vocalists in metal today. To learn about her life in metal, and why Patreon is right for her and her fans, watch now.

Navigating the Music Industry

Navigating the Music Industry

Caitlin White

What’s the best way to navigate today’s music industry? Pop culture journalist Caitlin White and Patreon managing editor, Erica Campbell chat about music, the industry, and how even the world’s biggest pop stars aren’t immune to its downside.

Introducing Moxie for Makers, Patreon’s First Spotify Playlist

Introducing Moxie for Makers, Patreon’s First Spotify Playlist

Matt St. John

Don't just find your muse — dance with it. Listen to Patreon's new Spotify playlist and get some inspiration for your next creative project.

The Musicians Guide to Success on Patreon

The Musicians Guide to Success on Patreon

Susan Johnston Taylor

We asked our creator partnership lead Joe Barham how musicians can use Patreon to cut out the middleman and connect with fans, here's what we learned!

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

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

Muriel Vega

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

How Anthony Fantano Went From Radio Intern to the Internet’s Busiest Music Nerd””

How Anthony Fantano Went From Radio Intern to the Internet’s Busiest Music Nerd””

Matt St. John

According to Spin magazine, Anthony Fantano is “today’s most successful music critic.” But it wasn't always that way. To learn about Fantano's journey from unpaid intern to the internet's busiest music nerd," read on."

Here Comes Another Dead End Hip Hop Conversation

Here Comes Another Dead End Hip Hop Conversation

Erica Campbell

Learn how independence, authenticity, and business acumen amplify Dead End Hip Hop’s culture conversations.

How Amanda Palmer Created a Thriving Music Community

How Amanda Palmer Created a Thriving Music Community

Amanda Derrick

Four concepts you can learn about building an authentic community from Amanda Palmer.

6 Can’t-Miss Music Festivals for Creators

6 Can’t-Miss Music Festivals for Creators

Jasmine Williams

Music festivals aren’t just a ton of fun. They’re also a great way to grow your community. Here are our top picks for 2019.

How Indie Musicians Can Launch on Patreon

How Indie Musicians Can Launch on Patreon

Nicole Ortiz

Want to connect with your superfans and gain the independence to create what you want? Here’s our guide for musician’s launching on Patreon.

Make Your Music, Make Your Money: How to Make a Living as an Independent Artist

Make Your Music, Make Your Money: How to Make a Living as an Independent Artist

Jasmine Williams

Looking for a way to fly solo while also building a career in music? Here are some expert tips on how to make it as an independent musician.

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

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

Madison Kahn

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

How Peter Hollens Went From A Cappella Nerd To Internet Stardom

How Peter Hollens Went From A Cappella Nerd To Internet Stardom

Madison Kahn

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.

Amanda Palmer Is Home: Why the Kickstarter Queen Embraced a New Way to Fund and Create Art

Amanda Palmer Is Home: Why the Kickstarter Queen Embraced a New Way to Fund and Create Art

Olivia Seitz

Amanda Palmer is known for a lot of things (or Things, as she calls them). 56 of them, in fact. While the mainstream media is better acquainted with her previous endeavors — things like making it big as one half of The Dresden Dolls, breaking the record for money raised on Kickstarter as a musician […]

Meet The Musician Who Sacrificed Fame to Pursue the Support of 1,000 True Fans

Meet The Musician Who Sacrificed Fame to Pursue the Support of 1,000 True Fans

Olivia Seitz

Musician Nate Maingard went from trying to get signed to a label to developing a Patreon page and a symbiotic and successful relationship with fans instead.

Patreon Lens: How 5 Creators Are Giving Patrons Behind the Scenes Access to Their Work and Life

Patreon Lens: How 5 Creators Are Giving Patrons Behind the Scenes Access to Their Work and Life

Olivia Seitz

Our most successful creators consistently provide awesome content for their patrons. Patreon Lens is designed to help you do just that — share more content — easier.

5 Ways to Make Money as a Musician Online in 2018

5 Ways to Make Money as a Musician Online in 2018

Cody Slingerland

How can you make money as a musician, especially if you’re not backed by a record label? Here are five ways you can make money as a musician—all from real-life answers we received from successful independent musicians just like you.

1 Reward Tier: How Musician Mike Doughty is Strategizing Membership on Patreon

1 Reward Tier: How Musician Mike Doughty is Strategizing Membership on Patreon

Christine Donaldson

Mike Doughty shares his path to becoming a professional musician and insights on how he launched and grew a successful Patreon page.

How to Find Music Blogs to Contact for Song/Album Reviews

How to Find Music Blogs to Contact for Song/Album Reviews

Sarah Spencer

Looking to get more exposure for your music? Read on for tips on where to find music blogs and how to contact music writers.

How Nataly Dawn Increased Her Patronage From $1.5k to $6k in 30 Days

How Nataly Dawn Increased Her Patronage From $1.5k to $6k in 30 Days

Taryn Arnold

One month ago, singer/songwriter Nataly Dawn was free from a label with an unreleased homemade album in its final stages, almost in the hands of her long-time fans. Dawn’s career has been lengthy and compelling; she’s been signed to labels, conquered the world of YouTube music (both solo and as half of Pomplamoose, alongside husband […]

Creating An Engaged Fan Base: Creator 101 with Peter Hollens

Creating An Engaged Fan Base: Creator 101 with Peter Hollens

Taryn Arnold

Join a capella singer Peter Hollens as he shares his top 3 tips to creating a fan base who are consistently engaged in your work.