What is it:
Patreon is a membership platform that allows you to turn your community of fans and followers into patrons-- just like in the old days when wealthy aristocrats would fund artists works.
- Other crowdfunding platforms
Why you should use it:
Instead of crowdfunding for one-off projects, Patreon facilitates recurring contributions. This means that if you have a dedicated following, they can help fund your work on a monthly basis. It's kind of like a tip jar-- it's a way for your audience to say thank you through financial support. Some creatives make hefty sums of money through Patreon, so if you're looking to monetize your content and you have a substantial following, it's a great potential revenue stream.
Patreon helps shed light on the idea that free entertainment or content isn't truly free-- this is a good way to sensitize your audience to the notion that paying for high quality content isn't quite so crazy.
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