Community-Supported Art (CSA)
Click one of the “Subscribe” buttons below to join, and you will help make it possible for me to keep writing, recording, podcasting and touring…
People don’t buy physical recordings much anymore, and most people rarely pay to download anything. Mostly people get their music for free via streaming services these days — which is great for exposure, but terrible in terms of paying artists anything meaningful.
This situation — along with rapidly rising rents and closing venues across the US, UK and in many other countries — has created a crisis for artists, many of whom have been unable to continue recording, touring, etc. Those of us who still manage to make ends meet are either getting millions of streams on a monthly basis (pop stars and some others) or we have successfully adopted the patronage model, adopting practices that community radio stations and organic farmers have been employing in the US for decades.
In a nutshell, you sign up through one of the “Subscribe” buttons below to be billed annually or monthly via PayPal, and you become a member of my CSA, at whatever level of support is affordable for you.
You can also join via Patreon or Bandcamp, or by sending a check in the mail to me once a year at PO Box 86805, Portland, Oregon 97286 (US), along with an explanatory note that includes your email address. Whichever platform you use, my main way of sharing exclusive perks with my patrons is via a patron-only email list.
There is now a $2 per month, Lumpen Circle option available only via Patreon.
Thank you for your support! Whether or not you can afford to join my CSA, if you know any fans of my music who aren’t broke, please feel free to tell them about it. I am very happy for each one of the 250 or so people who are current members at any given time, but it would be amazing to someday reach my goal of 1,000 members!
Proletarian Circle – $50 per year
- Access to a frequently-updated folder containing all the albums I’ve ever made in a studio, plus lots of other exclusive digital content.
- A selection of several physical CDs and a vinyl record in the mail from my back catalog, depending on what I have in stock at the time, if physical merch is requested
- A new album in your email inbox every time I record a new one.
- A spiffy plastic card, making you an official member of the Better Anarchist Club, which gives you free access to almost any of my shows around the world.
- An annual private lesson, in person or via Skype, on playing music, songwriting, making a living as a musician, or any other area of expertise.
- A 50% discount on all other merch, such as t-shirts and hoodies.
- My eternal gratitude.
Family Circle – $100 per year
You get all of the above, plus up to 4 Better Anarchist Club cards, so the whole family can come to shows for free. Plus you get one free “I’m A Better Anarchist Than You” t-shirt each year upon request – from onesies to XXXL, so as the kids grow, they’ll never outgrow this one!
Concert Circle – $250 per year
You get everything from the Proletarian and Family Circles, plus an annual concert in your living room for your friends and family (or whoever else you invite) next time I’m touring in your part of the world. (The fine print: this realistically applies mainly to folks living in Europe and North America, which is where I tour regularly.)
Song Circle – $500 per year
You get everything from the Proletarian, Family, and Concert Circles, plus every year you can give me a subject to write a song about, which will ultimately be not only written, but professionally recorded. Several of my best songs have been written on commission like this. Luckily, people who want to pay me to write a song are always suggesting topics I would have wanted to write about anyway, so there’s no conflict of interests going on, in case you’re wondering…
Central Committee Circle – $1,000 per year
All of the above plus, well, you tell me!