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Patreon Sent the British Parliament a Letter on Behalf of Musicians

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., […]

November 20, 2020

Electronic Musicians Find Their Community on Patreon

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

October 26, 2020

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

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

August 26, 2020Caitlin White

German Singer-Songwriter Mogli Embraces Vulnerability to Connect with Fans

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

August 26, 2020Lior Phillips

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

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.

August 10, 2020Cherie Hu

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

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

July 24, 2020

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

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

June 02, 2020

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

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.

May 08, 2020Caitlin White

We Asked Musicians How They’re Handling The New Normal

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.

April 21, 2020Caitlin White

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

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

March 19, 2020

A Letter From Patreon’s Head of Music

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

March 18, 2020Joe Barham

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

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.

February 10, 2020

For Einstürzende Neubauten, Creative Freedom is Nothing New

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.

February 10, 2020

Hainbach’s Music is a Collaborative Experiment with His Community

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

February 10, 2020

How German Musician Rival is Connecting with Fans Outside the Algorithm

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.

February 10, 2020

Ani DiFranco On Why She Never Signed With a Major Label

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

January 17, 2020

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

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.

November 26, 2019

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

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

November 05, 2019

Watch: Why Rapper Kap G Prioritizes Creative Freedom

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

November 05, 2019

Watch: Artist Aja Kahti on the Joy of Creative Control

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.

November 05, 2019

A Primer on Pursuing Music Without Permission

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.

November 03, 2019

How Gabbie Hanna Makes Her Multipassionate Career Work

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.

October 30, 2019

Introducing Spotify Playlist #2, Patreon Assembly

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.

October 30, 2019

Why Rapper Kap G Prioritizes Creative Freedom

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

October 29, 2019

Artist Aja Kahti on the Joy of Creative Control

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.

October 28, 2019

How Singer-Songwriter Raye Zaragoza Cracked the Code to Connection

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

October 14, 2019

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

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.

October 14, 2019

Navigating the Music Industry

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.

October 11, 2019Caitlin White

Introducing Moxie for Makers, Patreon’s First Spotify Playlist

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.

October 09, 2019

The Musicians Guide to Success on Patreon

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!

October 03, 2019

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.

October 01, 2019

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

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."

September 18, 2019

Here Comes Another Dead End Hip Hop Conversation

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

June 29, 2019

How Amanda Palmer Created a Thriving Music Community

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

June 18, 2019

6 Can’t-Miss Music Festivals for Creators

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.

June 13, 2019

How Indie Musicians Can Launch on Patreon

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.

June 01, 2019

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

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.

May 08, 2019

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

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

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 […]

July 17, 2018Olivia Seitz

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

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.

March 14, 2018Olivia Seitz

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

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.

February 27, 2018Olivia Seitz

5 Ways to Make Money as a Musician Online in 2018

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.

January 17, 2018Cody Slingerland

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

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

July 18, 2017Christine Donaldson

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

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

November 30, 2016Sarah Spencer

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

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 […]

August 19, 2016Taryn Arnold

Creating An Engaged Fan Base: Creator 101 with Peter Hollens

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.

April 12, 2016Taryn Arnold