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Peter Hollens and Patreon FTMFW!

November 19, 2014

This is an absolutely must-watch video. Peter Hollens is talented, and made $3561 off this Assassin’s Creed 4 song. With it, came greater fame and a boost in his per video rate, now sitting pretty at $5137 with over 1000 patrons of his art.

I love that I live in this age of opportunity. It makes me want to raise my hands, put on a dress kilt and twirl!

Bonus Video!

And Ed’s original

  1. November 22, 2014 3:51 pm

    As if to kind of punctuate this post, I just discovered that Jim Sterling who rocketed to fame when he did the review of Deadly Premonition is now pulling in just shy of $10,000 a month to continue making game review videos. Not bad, eh?

  2. November 24, 2014 6:21 pm

    Here is an interesting comparison of the revenue streams of Patreon and YouTube.

    My thoughts: I appreciate him pointing out Patreon’s downplaying (misrepresenting) of the YouTube revenue stream. Ultimately though, he completely misses the point, as do most people, I think. This is about commissioning artists/works. That’s all. Buff the revenue stream by getting more people interested in your work, not by getting them to “consume” it. He also makes the assumption that the patrons are limited to the small group of people who are currently frequenting Patreon, as if there are only those few thousands, and that they have to divide their potential commissioning dollars between creators. Most people do not yet know about it. For example, I would be surprised if even 100 people here in this country knew about it. I can guarantee that with all the various “mania” here, creators would be generously supported were their offerings to scratch those “man-eeah” iches. Again with the American-centrism!! LOL

    • November 26, 2014 10:07 am

      I support a patreon for a podcast I listen to “The Comedy Button”. The podcast is now at almost 16,000$ a month and continuing to grow each week. The podcast was originally started via a kickstarter (for a year) but they kept doing it for free for a couple years after.

      Patreon enabled them to focus much more time and energy on the podcast, and now instead of 4 episodes per month, backers get 2 bonus episodes (as well as plenty of other rewards). 4 episodes are still available to the general public for free, so the experience doesn’t change for non-backers.

      Also, they have a 3 regular web series they have created now, which also are available to the public.

      I was happy to pay 5$ a month for several hours+ of content every month. In reality I would have supported it had they just continued what they were doing originally.

      They are also transparent with where the funds go, and with each “stretch goal” (monthly amount) unlocking various projects.

      The next goal, will unlock a special episode (fan favorite) where the hosts drink horrible alcohol that is sent in by the viewers haha.

      I would so love to try and do something musically on Patreon, maybe in a few years once things settle down (like that will ever happen lol)

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