Oct 7, 2016
I posted a video on Facebook announcing a sale on physical CDs that I plan to discontinue. Kris asked me if I would stop playing these songs. No. I will not stop playing them. It's all part of a big restructuring I am making to reflect the modern music business.
A couple weeks back, I posted a blog called "Patronage in the 21st-Century".
The music business is changing. CD sales are dropping. Streaming is the future. The only way professional musicians will have to make a living is through live performances or through patronage.
To that end, I am restructuring my entire business with Patreon as the center. I am looking for innovative new ways to grow my patronage as well as build my Fanbase.
Here are some of the changes you can expect over the next year:
I hope to start giving out a free EP every month through my mailing list. Patrons will get full access to these short albums. These albums will be just me and the autoharp. But the best of these songs may end up in a full album complete with background musical instruments like most of my albums. I may also release the EPs On Bandcamp. But we shall see. These might be fan only albums.
I am also planning a monthly e-book style newsletter. My hope is for a fan interactive ezine. I will publish one soon. And you can see what you think.
Now what are the things that will stay the same?
I will continue to use Kickstarter to raise money to pay for the production of my main albums. The physical copies will probably be limited to 300-500 CDs, depending on demand. If I sell out of the first printing, I may reprint if it's a popular title.
I do need to figure out some sort of swag that I can sell in its place. I haven't figured out what that is yet.
You might've noticed that a lot of these items are for my regular email subscribers. My hope is to attract new fans to my mailing list and then convert them into patrons.
However, patrons will continue to get bonus stuff including live audio and video concerts, as well as all the other bonuses.
Before we finish, a Special thanks to all of my Gunn Runners on Patreon who pledge just $1 or more per month to help me make a living as a musician. You'll get free music, early versions of songs and lyrics, behind-the-scenes podcasts, and first look at new videos. You'll find all the details at marcgunn.net.
The Celtfather was produced by Marc Gunn. If you enjoyed this episode, then please post a review on iTunes or your favorite podcatcher. I want to invite you again to my website at Celtfather.com. You can subscribe to my mailing list and download my free album. You'll enjoys hours of music plus a few free gifts.