News/Announcements: Shoutouts to Patreon Patrons
Pandemic-related restrictions and lockdowns have made it extraordinarily difficult for an overwhelming majority of independent artists across the world to survive. Entire industries and livelihoods have been wiped out for an indefinite amount of time without any significant solutions or assistance from the federal government during the Trump Administration. Of course, we all hope that the Biden Administration will undo their predecessors evil and fucked up policies and help all of those who desperately need help. But if you’re a realist, there’s an innate understanding that significant portions of the policy suggestions and ideas that the Biden Administration have put down on paper may not pass. We shall see. But in the meantime, the Save Our Stages Act has managed to save countless venues across the country from folding for a little while at least.
I’d guarantee that during the past year, you’ve turned to some sort of art for spiritual, emotional and intellectual sustenance, entertainment or to just fill up time. And as a result, championing artists and their work seems even more important — especially since there are countless other entertainment options competing for everyone’s time, money, attention, love and energy. After all, there are only 24 hours in a day — and I know that people like to actually sleep on occasion.
Because this site has long been a DIY labor of love, I’ve often felt that I have an intimate understanding of the plight of the musicians and artists I’ve covered throughout the past decade-plus of this site’s history. And throughout this site’s history, I’ve been constantly reminded of several key facts:
- Art costs money — and without money, it can’t exist.
- Artists are small businesses. So supporting artists is supporting a small business.
- A small bit of support can go a long way. A $20, $30, $40, $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 really mean shit 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.
Of course, I hope that my work has led you to listen to music and appreciate it in a deeper and more thorough way — to “listen in technicolor” as a friend told me; that my work has led you to an eclectic array of artists, whose work will become part of your lives, as it has been mine. Additionally, I hope that my photography has added some beauty to your day, and inspired you to see the world in a new way — or to take a moment to appreciate something cool or beautiful.
To that end, 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 — from my live concert photography to street photography and even some outdoor/nature photos. I also still have a shit ton off JOVM bumper stickers. All of this stuff is beautiful and could use a loving forever home. I periodically update offerings, so you should check back every now and then. You can check out the store here:
You can support by becoming one of 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:
I know that a lot of folks are struggling to get by. 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: