News/Announcements: Shoutouts to Patreon Patrons
2020 has been a fucking asshole. And while there were a number of disappointments emotionally and financially, the biggest highlight of a miserable year has been this site celebrating its first decade — of what I hope will be many — earlier this year.
As a result of pandemic-related and restrictions, it has understandably been difficult for the overwhelming majority of independent creatives to survive. Livelihoods and income streams have been wiped out for a significant and indefinite amount of time without any real solution or assistance from our federal government. And during a period in which people have turned to art of some sort for spiritual and intellectual sustenance, championing artists and their work seems as important as ever — especially with other entertainment options competing for your time, money and attention.
Of course, because this site has long been a DIY labor of love, I feel as though I understand the current plight of many of the musicians and artists I’ve covered throughout the past decade. Interestingly, I’ve learned — and have been reminded of — several important facts:
- Art costs money — and without money, it can’t exist.
- Artists are small businesses. So supporting artists is supporting a small business.
- Sometimes a small bit of support can go a long way. A $50 or $60 purchase of someone’s work can often mean the purchase of groceries or covering the cost of a subscription they need to continue their work or anything along those lines. That same $50 or $60 doesn’t mean anything to Amazon.
- Supporting an artist/small business can keep money within your community. Amazon or some other mega-conglomerate doesn’t give a fuck about your community or your neighbors.
I sincerely hope that over the course of this site’s decade history that it has led you to listen to music and appreciate music differently — to “listen in technicolor” as a friend once said to me; that it has led to an eclectic and diverse array of artists, whose work has become a part of your own life; that my photography has inspired you to see the world in aa new way or to take a moment to appreciate something beautiful.
As this year closes out and we begin a new one, I’m asking you once again for your support. I’m continuing to sell merch through this site’s shop. You can find photographic prints — including my live photography work, my street photography work and even some of my outdoors/nature work. I also still have JOVM bumper stickers. All of this stuff is beautiful and it could use a loving forever home on your wall — or on the walls of someone you love. Over the next few days I’ll be adding and changing some of the print options, but you can check out the store here:
Additionally, you can support by becoming one off my Patreon patrons. Every dollar means something. There are different patronage levels and different rewards for your support. For more information, you can check out the Patreon page here:
If you’re not already a fan of this site on Facebook, please feel free to become a fan here:
2020 has been a difficult year for all of us. I know that many of you are also struggling to get by emotionally, mentally and financially. And like you, there are plenty of artists I love, who I would love to support with much-needed cash — but unfortunately, I can’t. If you find yourself in that situation, there are a few simple ways you can support and show love that won’t hurt your checkbook:
- You may notice that towards the bottom of every post there’s a section with related posts. If you really dig what JOVM is about, keep following and keep reading. From my understanding, the more articles you read and the more time you spend here, really helps in terms of the various algorithms that impact ad revenue and Google Search.
- Pass the word on to friends and associates, who may want to support independent journalism and criticism in all forms.
- Pass the word on to friends and associates, who may actually dig the artists I’ve spent the past decade covering. And trust me, those hardworking, amazing artists would love it, too.
- Retweets, Facebook shares and reblogs are also another wonderful way that you can support and show love. Every pair of eyeballs — both new and old — are cherished here.
All of these things mean the world to me. And I can’t thank those folks who have supported me and my work through all of these ways enough. Of course, as I do every month, I wanted to thank my Patreon patrons for their support:
In the meantime, Happy New Year! May 2021 be better than this past year — and may it offer all of us the success, love, peace, understanding, wisdom, sex, live music, friendships and experiences that so many of us were denied as a result of the pandemic. I know that a number of people have lost friends, loved ones, lovers and associates this year — and very few people were left untouched. I hope that your loved one’s memory will continue to a be a blessing.