posted originally to ello this morning - but totally fine to discuss here and not there....https://ello.co/elloambient/post/C5DWcSoOWRmi0B-QlNxgjg
Topic of the Day: "Subscription Services"...
What do you think? Have you used them? Are they good for the fans? Are they good for the Artists?
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).
Finally we have Drip. https://drip.com/
Drip was created by Ghostly International (fans of ambient techno, Tycho, and a ton of great music will know them well). Another way for you to subscribe to an artist and get exclusive content from them.
You can subscribe to someone, for example Christohper Willits for $5 per month. https://drip.com/willits/story
Or They Might Be Giants Dial a Song... 52 weeks / 1 song a week... https://drip.com/dial-a-song-direct/story
@atomtm has 95% of his massive catalog online: https://drip.com/atomtm/story