Being based out of the San Francisco Bay Area allows me the opportunity to be exposed to many great creative people, production groups and energetic businesses thru the work I do. One booking recently was with Eva Luna Marini on her short piece that looks at Patreon, an innovative start up venture in San Francisco.
Wikipedia tells us this about Patreon- Patreon is a crowd-funding platform popular with YouTube content creators, musicians, and webcomic artists. It allows artists to obtain funding from their fans or patrons, on a recurring basis, or per work of art. This San Francisco based company was started by musician Jack Conte and developer Sam Yamin 2013. Patreon has been featured in Forbes, Billboard, and Time magazine.
Patreon was founded in May 2013 by artist Jack Conte, who was looking for a way to make a living from his popular YouTube videos. Together with Sam Yam he developed a platform that allows patrons to donate a set amount of money every time an artist creates a work of art. The company raised 2.1 million dollars in August 2013 from a group of venture capitalists and angel investors. In June 2014 the company raised a further $15,000,000 in a series A round led by Danny Rimer of Index Ventures.
The company has signed up more than 125,000 "patrons" in its first 18 months. In late 2014, the website announced that patrons were sending over $1,000,000 per month to the site's content creators.