In medieval times only royalty or nobility could afford to sponsor an Artist. Today, through crowd-funding web-sites such as Kickstarter anyone with an Internet connection can become a patron. But the growth in such sites and the explosion of projects means artists can not rely on their partner site to attract enough sponsors by itself. Each artist has to pay for additional marketing. This brings the total cost of fundraising to over one-third of all funds raised for most projects on those sites.
In addition to my commercial work (see Digital Gryphon Publishing and DG Photography and Design) I operate Rubber Chicken Ministries and GenderQueer.Life. All of these are set up as divisions of The Digital Gryphon llc, which is not yet producing any profit, nor paying me any income.
You can be a Direct Patron of Brian, the Digital Gryphon, with regular contributions through Paypal which charges less than 6% to process payments. Each Direct Patron who contributes at least US$5 per month will also receive a Premium (‘thank you gift‘) every 6 months. Those who contribute US$2.00 per month will receive a Premium for every 12 contributions. Premiums vary with the level of support; all will be individually selected and may feature my photography, poetry or graphic design. Many will be exclusive editions available only to patrons.
- You may cancel your PayPal subscription at any time;
- For each six (or twelve, for US$2 sponsors) sequential subscription payments Brian will hand-pick a Thank You gift;
- Thank You gifts will be sent at no charge to a US-based shipping address;
- Thank You gifts may not be returned or exchanged for cash or other item;
- No employer/employee relationship is created by this programme;
- This programme may be cancelled at any time.
Other Forms of Support:
If recurring Patron support doesn’t work, you can also send me something from my Amazon Wish List. Also, we earn a small fee for purchases from Amazon and other Affiliate Marketing ads on this site. Of course, purchases from any of my CafePress shops do provide some earnings.
Advertising is expensive; most independent artists can’t compete with large corporations or political organizations buying advertising or bidding for online ad spots. Fortunately ‘word of mouth’ (or ‘word of mouse’ online) is not only less-expensive; it tends to be more effective. Personal recommendations still carry weight. When you share a post from my Facebook business page or online shops, or share my youTube videos you introduce the work to new fans. At the same time you give a boost to the algorithms sites use when deciding which pages or posts to share, and how high on the list.