To become a patron of the arts is actually quite an easy matter these days of hi-tech internet technology.
For thousands of years patronage was the only way for artists to survive -whether in the visual arts or in the sphere of music. Creative people invariably came under the wing of a patron financially; someone who appreciated what they did, wanting more from them. Then in the mid-nineteenth century the first photograph arrived on the scene – and before many decades the gramophone record. Artists could now be paid through sales of reproductions. and for the first time in history had no need of a patron. Patronage became steadily replaced with royalties from sales, and before long a whole industry was built up around the distribution of such artistic reproductions. But then, as recently as a decade or two ago the internet suddenly explodes with free music, free images, free videos to entertain viewers and listeners all day and night. Suddenly art becomes a virtual give-away, with artists and musicians struggling to make ends meet.
This might not be the story for everyone, and I, for one, have been lucky enough to eke a living for the past three or four decades from my paintings. However, I am also passionate about music – always have been. I regularly hold local audiences spellbound with guitar improvisations. I have also made many recordings of my music, over many years, and continue to do so. But in order to make it available, I need time – and time is money. So musicians like myself now actively seek patrons in order to pursue their passion.
Probably the best known platform for anyone to become an arts patron today is the website Patreon.com. Patreon gives people the opportunity to support the work of artists who inspire them – touch their soul. Through Patreon, anyone can become a true patron of the arts with an extremely small regular pledge. And by means of such generous support, musicians like myself are given the flexibility to create without financial constraint – without having to worry about how that impacts us financially. Today, in order to survive, every serious artist has to also be a creative entrepreneur. I know this from personal experience. So the idea behind Patron is a pull-back toward values from a bygone age – allowing anyone to support the arts by pledging regular funding as a patron.
So if you should be moved by the music you hear on this site, and wish to support in some small way my intention to get much more of my music out into the public arena, then please visit my Patreon web page to find out how you can easily become a patron of the arts yourself.