Goodness me, it must be six months or so since I last came here. Life has changed significantly as lockdown (v1) pretty well coincided with my planned retirement from the day job. All plans had to be abandoned or put on hold including most musical projects. For reasons I can’t fathom, my viewing, listening and internet habits have all changed and I’m fining myself in limbo.
One thing I’ve drawn some pleasure from is the return to form of the Word In Your Ear podcasts. It’s kind of comforting listen to Ellen / Hepworth on a regular basis. They really are knocking them out and I will probably be guilt tripped into joining their Patreon scheme. This brings me on to my main point. The Patreon scheme is cropping up everywhere as artists or creators attempt to fund their lives in the short term at least.
Word in your Ear, rather jokingly seem embarrassed by the whole thing and their expectations seem low but clearly its encouraging content creation that for the most part they offer for free a day or two after its release to supporters. By contrast, Danny Baker seems to have put his entire content behind a Patreon paywall, cutting himself off from the casual listener or viewer.
I’ve also started seeing similar requests from other artists whose mailing lists have somehow adopted me . Notably one from Jon Boden (of Bellowhead fame) who is offering various levels of subscription rising from low levels right up to offers of access to private zoom concerts for £20 to £30. For a few quid more I dare say he’ll pop round and cut your grass!
Surely, there’s only so much Patreon love to go around isn’t there? If I got behind everyone’s scheme who I’ve favoured in the past then my new modest pension would crack under the stress very quickly. So is Patreon a viable source of income or is it doomed to failure?