How artists can (finally) get paid in the digital age

Are you a struggling artist? This might be your answer; a membership platform that gets you seen, by the people you want to consume what you do, and allows you to make a sustainable income, at last.

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Patreon is a digital platform that allows creatives to build membership-based businesses. The extensive site connects them with their biggest fans, and enables those fans to become paying members, or patrons, of their work.

It started because:

"In 2013, YouTube musician Jack Conte was looking for a solution to his problem: millions of people loved his videos, but only hundreds of dollars were hitting his bank account. This didn’t add up, so he drafted up an idea and brought it to his college roommate Sam Yam. Now it’s 2017, and Patreon is the solution to this same problem for over 50,000 creators."

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As a friend of many designers, musicians, actors, models and other creatives, and as a writer myself, I see day-to-day how difficult is is to make a living from doing what you love. No matter your talent or your fanbase, it can seem near impossible to 'get rich' from being artistic, let alone feel confident enough to quit your day job.

Some talented mates of mine, the Loud Poets, use Patreon as a platform to raise money for their incredible live poetry and music shows accross the world, while giving their real, passionate followers exclusive extra content, offers, perks and rewards for their kind contribution. You can find out more about Loud Poets and support their campaign here.

In this TED talk, Jack Conte, musician and founder of Patreon, talks through what sparked his idea, and how artists of all kinds, whether that's music, dance, painting, sculpture, textiles, fashion, film and everything in between, can FINALLY get paid in today's digital age.

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Ruth MacGilp, 20, UK. Fashion Communication Student and Fashion Blogger.
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