When Patreon launched in 2013, YouTubers were a big part of its initial community of creators: Patreon was how they raised money from fans, but their content remained on YouTube.
The Sandbox Guide to… Patreon
Patreon has become a key platform for musicians of all stripes – perhaps to be expected of a company co-founded by a musician: Jack Conte, of band Pomplamoose, and who remains the company’s CEO today. Patreon has emerged as one of the platforms to build a paying community – that rewards artists for their creativity, […]
Patreon layoffs are latest wobble for the creator economy
If the creator economy is booming, why are some of the most prominent creator-economy companies laying off staff?
Patreon faces backlash after layoffs of some security staff
There are concerns for artists and creators using the platform, after a row broke out following the layoff of some of its cybersecurity team.
Patreon survey offers more data on the creator economy
Crowdfunding firm Patreon has published its first ‘Creator Census’, based on a survey of more than 13,000 people.
Beardyman Patreon offers 10% share of recording royalties
Artist Beardyman is trying something new on Patreon: a membership tier for fans to not just fund his music-making, but to collaborate with him.
Patreon reveals how it’s planning to spend its $155m funding
“Patreon’s plans, which haven’t been previously reported, include courting podcasters, video game livestreamers, YouTubers, and major celebrities”
Patreon CEO reveals its app is exempt from App Store charges
Fan-funding platform Patreon’s CEO Jack Conte is the guest on the latest podcast from The Verge. He’s been talking about an under-reported aspect of his company: the fact that Apple does […]
Shesaid·so and Patreon team up for the 2021 #AltList
It seems to be the day for partnerships. Alongside TikTok and Youth Music, there is also Patreon and Shesaid·so. The fan-funding platform is backing the diversity organisation’s 2021 Alternative Power 100 […]
How can memberships and tips economies work for musicians?
Once upon a time, when the music industry talked about crowdfunding it generally meant Kickstarter and other project-based platforms where artists and other people could raise money directly from their fans.
There are now a number of other ways to get those crowds to open their wallets, from ongoing membership tools like Patreon to the tips economies of Twitch and other live video / social services.
At Music Ally’s Sandbox Summit Global online conference this week, a panel explored the potential for musicians. Ronny Krieger, GM, Europe at Patreon, Will Farrell-Green, head of music content at Twitch, and Zael Ellenhorn, who manages RAC as part of the YMU Group, were the speakers, with Music Ally’s Marlen Hüllbrock chairing.
Bat For Lashes launches Patreon with music… and tarot
British artist Natasha Khan (aka Bat For Lashes) is the latest musician exploring Patreon as a new source of funding. And like those other artists, she’s experimenting with what kind of stuff […]
Patreon and Clubhouse funding rounds come with $4bn valuations
Neither Patreon nor Clubhouse are ‘music/tech startups’ specifically, but both are highly relevant to our industry and – particularly in Patreon’s case – its artists. And it seems both companies may be rocking the same quadruple-unicorn (is that a thing?) valuation of $4bn with their latest funding rounds.
Only one of those rounds is official at this point. Fan-funding platform Patreon has raised $155m at a $4bn valuation in a round led by Tiger Global Management, with various other VCs chipping in. Meanwhile, Bloomberg reported that live-audio startup Clubhouse is in talks with investors to raise its next funding round with the same valuation, although the size of the funding is unconfirmed.