Topic of the Day: "Subscription Services"...
+ Bandcamp Subscription
What do you think? Have you used them? Are they good for the fans? Are they good for the Artists?
Hey... @ellomusic @elloelectronic @ellohiphop @ellotriphop @ellomodular If you want to expand this discussion to your communities, please repost so we'll get more artists and fans that have maybe used the different services. Thanks!
It's back on my radar this morning because Bandcamp just emailed me about setting one up for my artist page.
I thought this part of their Subscription Details Page was interesting:
Is this yet another crowdfunding platform?
A few years ago we noticed many artists using Bandcamp to fulfill the digital piece of crowdfunding campaigns, so we asked them whether they wanted crowdfunding built right into Bandcamp. Their response surprised us. As they described months spent focusing on campaign rewards, the word we heard most often was “unsustainable.” At the same time, our own experience contributing to crowdfunded projects was that we were motivated by a desire to help an artist we loved, not by a wish for a t-shirt, signed plastic disc, or potpourri sachet. Our hunch is that your biggest fans are less interested in funding studio time or mastering for just one album than they are in supporting you in a sustainable way. Speaking personally, we don’t want you to knit us a beer koozie, we want you to keep making more great art.
Another one that's been around is Patreon. https://www.patreon.com/
I don't see a lot of musicians getting much backing (unless you're @amandapalmer - and she's awesome more power to her). But if you look for ambient musicians - you won't find many.
There are cool projects there. For example - awesome Elloer @kseniaanske has supporters on her Patreon - $157 / month right now. She's a writer (follow her - I love her posts).