East, west and across the blue Atlantic, opportunities are available to become a patron of the musical arts. Eli August, Unwoman and Victor Sierra are running crowdfunding campaigns. The Americans have taken to Patreon.com for support and the Europeans seek funding via Indiegogo.com.
The two-year-old Patreon differs from other crowdfunding platforms in that it seeks to sustain an artist instead of aiming to fund one project. The pledged amount goes toward a piece of content, with different support packages being offered for different pledge levels. Think of Patreon as a subscription service.
Eli August is utilizing Patreon to provide solo songs and works with his band the Abandoned Buildings. The first song is “Hold Fast.” It’s a Poguesy, nautical knees-up that adds an existential mournfulness to “Raise high and toast your glass/For tonight may be our last.” Eli August can be supported at https://www.patreon.com/eliaugust?ty=h.
Unwoman is using Patreon to create Cello-Filled Cover Songs. She writes that her “plan is to make cover songs, focusing on cheesy songs (both cheesy-good and cheesy-bad) — 1 or 2 a month — and release them (exclusively) to supporters for $1 apiece.” The best of these will be collected on a CD. Unwoman can be supported at https://www.patreon.com/unwoman?ty=h.
Victor Sierra has mounted an indiegogo.com campaign to fund their third album, “Dark Passenger.” The Parisian industrialists seek to raise $3000 by June 2, 2015. They intend to release the album in September. Victor Sierra can be funded at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/victor-sierra-third-album-in-sept-2015#/story.
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