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I so do not have time to talk about this in any depth right now but I think success on has way more to do with what you do outside of Patreon than how you configure your rewards.

The steps go:
1) do the work
2) give people a reason to support you in it
3) ensure they know you exist
4) make it easy for them to give you money

Patreon is step 4).

For me step 2) involves putting my work online for free, and step 3) is mostly demo recordings, which I have been v v lax about recently.

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I'm going to be super duper busy with PhD stuff and other deadlines until at least December 2018, and probably pretty exhausted after that and still fairly busy with PhD stuff until August 2019.

This means I may go very quiet on here without warning, and it means I can't realistically take on any new projects, commitments, collaborations and so on.

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I compose sacred and secular choral music, and put it online under a CC by-SA license so choirs can sing it for free!

Publishers won't touch my work because I won't let them prohibit photocopying, so I need support from people like you.

My Patreon is

I have other options for people who prefer them:

Thank you so much!

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is a structure for companiable support with getting stuff done -- work or side projects or admin or whatever you find difficult to stick with.

The basic structure is: ten minutes of checking-in and planning at the top of the hour, then 50 minutes of actually doing things, repeated for up to 3 hours.

More on the structure, plus an example:

I expect I'll be using this hashtag a lot, so you may wish to mute it if it's boring to you. I will CW my toots though.

Qwyrdo's :nb_crossbow: Redbubble 

Hey, I have a blind friend who might want to join us on the Fediverse. Does anyone have a guide to accessibility etc that might be more useful than me just sending her a link to an instance?

@bignose two mastodon instances for musicians:

also very interesting stuff happening at and

there are also

and @lazarski recently worked on a thread presenting many musicians/bands on fediverse

I'm #urbansketching and this is a park on the hills close to Prague Metronome. On the sketch are tourists using their phones sitting or standing on a low wall and behind and below them the city of Prague.

Dutch tourists came by and said "leuk, toch " about my sketch

church, composer problems 

I'm looking to make a few changes as I prepare for a potential transition.

One of the things I want to change is my identity here on the fediverse. I have a new name in mind, and I'd like to get rid of the picture of the TV mast and have a picture of me that reflects my gender identity in a way that a photograph right now wouldn't.

To that end, I'd like to commission someone to do a profile picture for me. Does anyone have any recommendations? Boosts are fine.

Hivemind, what are your favourite folk songs or nursery rhymes about rain?

I know I ask about this sort of thing fairly frequently.

I think it's important for creative people (artists, musicians, whatever) to talk about how they engage with crapitalism, what works, what doesn't, and why.

If we *don't* talk about it openly, the only people who do will be the "marketing experts" who sell more marketing courses than artworks. I don't trust them.

OK that "GBP" snuck in and made a tautology, I am officially too tired to toot

Artists who take commissions with a value of £500 or more GBP, how do you get those commissions?

NB there is nothing wrong with lots of small-value commissions if that works for you, but it *doesn't* work for me, so, I'm interested in how other models work.

@artsyhonker a huge problem i've been having with my patreon is over promising art and under delivering. I've had to dial back on my reward tiers several times and I still feel like I'm overdoing it.

If you crowdfund your art/music/etc and you work in a niche that isn't very popular, or where each new work has a long lead-time, or both:

What works well for you? Why?

What doesn't work so well? Why?

What's one thing you could improve? What do you need for that to happen?

Things that line in my bag: a coffee cup, spork, several pens, a little notebook, a book I'm reading, a spare clothing layer, some clip on bike lights, a charger for said lights and my phone, a skate tool, sun block, a shipping bag. In my pockets are phone, keys, wallet and a handkerchief.

What's in your #everyDayCarry?

Things I carry every day that I leave the house:
Keys, wallet, phone, handkerchief.

Things I carry if I am going a bit further:
Bulletjournal, water bottle, rosary, inhaler, pen, pencil, skin cream, earplugs, hair ties, a scarf, change for buskers and beggars.

Things I carry if I am expecting to be out all day:
Cutlery, headphones, another handkerchief or 2, hairbrush, a book (in case nothing happens), and whatever projects I'm working on at the moment.

What is in your #EveryDayCarry ?

For those of you who write/arrange good old fashioned sheet music: Do you have a go-to service for old-school 9"x12" ("Arch A") printing? Sheet music on US Letter is so cramped, but I can't justify a $300 printer and it seems like most print shops don't offer 9x12. I've found a couple of music-specific services online and will probably ask them for a quote, but given that they don't list prices I'm going to assume they're expensive.

Since Sunbeam is sadly kind of falling apart, may I suggest to any instance admins that don't already have us silenced that you take the :greensun: emoji? As its creator (well, the one who came up with the idea, @scintillatinator did the actual drawing), I disavow it from the white nonsense Sunbeam turned into and hold that it still represents the hopeful and just ideals of #solarpunk

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I woke up this morning to find I have a new patron! Hurrah!

If you want to make me grin and do a little dance this morning, it's or

mod note re: block (transphobia) 

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