Everyone who becomes a patron is royalty. Everyone who receives patronage is an artist. Well, that’s an idyllic concept of “patron of the arts” anyway. Certainly, in my eyes, being a patron of the arts is a beautiful way to further beauty and creativity in our world.
It would be easy to think that patronage is a thing of the past. Queens and kings did have a corner on the market at one point. But these days, everyone can have a hand in making art a thing of the present.
Enter the crowd. The connectivity available through the internet/interwebs has changed the ways people with money and people with creativity interact. It’s not so far-fetched that everyone is a noble in this way of relating. Crowdfunding was the next layer in levelling the field in terms of art. People who had no way of funding their expenses and livelihood can make their creativity a priority and a reality through crowdfunding.
Initially, most crowdfunding was project based. An artist had a show, an album, and so on to produce. You raised the funds (or attempted to) and used the funds just for that project.
More recently, sites have evolved that include ongoing support for artists. Though they include PledgeMusic — dedicated to musicians — and Pozible, I’ve been most intrigued by Patreon. In fact, I’ve set up my own page there.
Patron of the Arts
So, here you go. You can support me for as little as $1.00 per month and become royalty! If you’re reading this, you’re already noble in my mind, but this lets you take it one step further.
Please have a look at what patronage has to offer. You may be surprised how much you will get back.