Who are you and why are you doing this?
My name is Brendan Milburn, and up until recently, I managed to make a living in a touring rock band, and then as a songwriter for animated movies and for musical theatre.
That kind of feast-or-famine life worked for a long time, when I was in a long-term-relationship with my main collaborator - the work always came first. So if there was a massive crunch for money, we both felt it simultaneously and we both freaked out and we both did literally whatever it took to keep going.
I'm done with that way of living. I still (knock on wood) get gigs writing for Disney periodically, and I still periodically get a musical produced at a regional theatre or in New York - and that's amazing, don't get me wrong - but I'm halfway through my life and I am done with being proud about how movies and musicals are my only source of income. That's bullshit. It's about writing the songs, not whether or not they are heard by a zillion people or make it to Broadway.
Consequently, I am now finding other work, making a song a week, posting the results on youtube, facebook, and bandcamp where anyone can enjoy the results for free, and I'm asking people to support me directly at my Patreon page.
Wait, you want me to give you money every week?
Yes. I have this preposterous yet optimistic idea that what I do is worth other people's time and money, and I'm asking everyone I know to give me a buck a week at my Patreon page.
You must think you're pretty special, then.
I'm a professional songwriter. It's what I have done since I was five years old. I am 45 (at the time of this writing) and that makes 40 years of songwriting experience. So I know what works and what doesn't. I went to grad school for songwriting. I made my own major in college for songwriting. For years and years, I played about 150 shows a year, driving in a van, touring, singing songs and reworking them to make them land better with an audience.
So yeah, I know what I'm doing.
And you're asking for how much money?
I want to get to the point where my patrons are giving me, in total, $1,000 a song. At that rate, after taxes and fees, I will be able to pay the rent on my home and buy groceries to feed my family.
$1,000 a song?
Yup. It could be 1,000 people giving me $1 a song. That would be freaking brilliant. I've been paid far more than that by corporate clients, but those gigs only come once in a blue moon. And let's face it; there are not many blue moons in one's life.
So why should I give you $1 a song?
If you have ever enjoyed anything I've ever done, you should subscribe for less than the price of a cup of coffee per week, and you'll be able to enjoy what I do with the priceless knowledge that you're supporting me directly and helping me keep doing it.
If you ever enjoyed a production of Striking 12, for example, or if you saw Sleeping Beauty Wakes in any of its incarnations and liked it; if you came to any of the hundreds of GrooveLily concerts and found that the music moved you; if you liked the song "The Great Divide" as sung by the McClain Sisters in Disney's Secret of the Wings; if you thought anything I ever did was worthwhile:
then you should know that I am in the prime of my life, and my work is actually getting better.