Patreon is a website that was created by a YouTube musician who was frustrated that the millions of likes on his videos wasn’t translating into dollars into his bank account. He wanted something better for himself and his fellow artists. He helped create Patreon to give artists a place for a creative outlet to display their art and best of all, get paid for it. Since it was created in 2013, it has grown to over 100,000 active creators and 2 million active patrons.
Patrons are people who are willing to pay to view the artistic endeavors from creators that they like. Patrons understand the value of paying to gain access to work by these creators. Patreon opens up a new world to creators and their fans that want to follow them. Creators get to set their own payment scale. They can share items that are public to anyone, but then provide special items to only their patrons, like early access to songs, or poems. Creators can provide one of a kind art on a regular basis to their patrons. The pay scale can be as little as $1 per month, or per post, however the creator would like to charge.
The Patreon website revolutionizes the way artists share their work with the world. It is user friendly and simple to use. One first needs to become a creator and set up profile and preferences. The website walks you through each step. As a creator, you receive a dashboard which allows you to track your earnings, posts and patronage, among other things. You are in complete control of your posts and what you offer to your patrons. There is a help page that walks each creator through his entire dashboard.
As a Patron, you get to join your favorite creator(s) community and pay them to continue to create what you love. This also allows you to support artists. You pay per post, or per month, based on how the creator has it set. If it’s by post, you can put a limit on how much you pay per month, so you are in control of how much you’re paying.
It’s a win win for both the creator and the patron. The creator is able to be supported financially and continue to create. The patron is able to support the creator(s) they love.