people r always getting weird about money. be chill! – Grimes
If you read my blog, you’ll know that I recently discussed why I’ll no longer be charging for my music. Everything will be fully available for free download on at least one of my many profiles (usually Bandcamp for official releases or Mediafire/Soundcloud for everything else). I think I summed up the way our artist-fan relationship should work pretty well in the closing paragraph of that post:
I trust that by making music that you all can connect to and experience something with, I’ll win you over as my fans/supporters. And as fans and supporters, you’ll contribute monetarily when you can. But that relationship starts with ME giving YOU value- the experience that I can bring about with my art. And then we’ll talk money.
Well, what happens when that day has come and you feel compelled, motivated, or otherwise inspired to contribute to my work? You can do so both monetarily or with your simple support as my loving fans.
Bandcamp- On almost all of my Bandcamp releases, you have the option to pay more than $0.00 to purchase the album. This is an easy, straightforward way to “pay what you wish” for some of my music, and I appreciate the contribution.
Flattr- Flattr is an exciting way to make microdonations (literally as small as a few cents) to anything I create. The way it works is this- you sign up with Flattr, and deposit a small amount of money into your account (just a few bucks). You set an amount to be sent out to the things you “Flattr” each month, and then go ahead and click the Flattr button all over the web! At the end of the month, your money is divided among the things you’ve flattered, and I get money. You can Flattr me on any blog post, my Soundcloud, my Tumblr, and elsewhere coming soon.
PayPal- Wanna kick it old-school? You can send me straight up donations via PayPal. You can find a Donate button on the right-hand side of every page.
Now, all that being said there are other ways you can help me out that don’t have to do with money! Here’s a list of places where you can find me/follow me/subscribe and become a fan to show your support:
Equally as important however, is just telling your friends about my music and stuff. Post a link in your Facebook status, tumble it, tweet it, you can even blog about it if you have such an avenue.
Also, feel free to spread my music to as many piracy outlets as you’d like. Yes, this is my official blessing.
Alright, I think that’s all for now. Thanks for your interest in supporting my work, I truly appreciate it from the bottom of my heart, and it enables me to continue creating.