Category: Income

What does a patron of the arts look like?

Apart from a halo, some wings, maybe a silhouette like Bill Gates…what do you think a patron of the arts might look like?  And perhaps a better question: where would you find someone that might support your art?  And how would you approach them? …

Tired of being paid to move PA gear? Find a patron of the arts…

In the music industry, it would appear that there are the 1%-ers and then the vast, lower-middle class.   The 1% is heard on the radio, is steered by very experienced managers and promoters and occasionally sell out stadiums and/or their singles go platinum. The…

Hobbyist, professional musician, or…?

Have you thought about your status as a musician lately?  Are you a hobbyist, a pro, or perhaps something in between?  How you see yourself will have some dramatic implications for yourself and the music scene at large, so ask yourself a few quick…

Having a tough time making money as performance artist?

$.0023. That’s how much music streaming services currently pay in royalties per play to performers on sound recordings. If you are bad with math, that’s almost a ¼ of a penny per play. Accountants’ heads are throbbing trying to calculate these micro wages owed…

Crowdfunding – a five billion dollar flash in the pan?

In 2009, it took Kickstarter 16 months to reach its first 200,000 backers. By 2011, 200,000 backers could emerge in 3 just months. By 2012, there were 582 crowdfunding sites in the world with 2.7 billion in total dollars raised from over one million…

Some crowdfunding do’s and don’ts

Probably the first step in pursuing a crowdfunding project is getting over a common stigma: CF is sometimes perceived as begging. Katey Laurel challenged this notion, saying that CF is really about finding and engaging with true fans, the people that will ultimately sustain…

COMBO education meeting on crowdfunding

Last Sunday, COMBO held their monthly education meeting at the Breckenridge Brewery, covering the topic of crowdfunding. On the panel were Rob Drabkin, Katey Laurel and Reed Fuchs. Rob had a successful campaign a few years ago that raised $15K. Katey has done four…