Patronism is a tool for musicians to augment or replace dwindling CD
sales with sustaining subscriptions. Our platform allows people who
love music to connect with and support the music they love.
Patronage is the oldest way to fund the arts and Patronism is the
newest way to do it.
If you are a band or musician who would like to start using Patronism
please fill out our
If you are a music lover who would like to get your favorite band or
musician on Patronism, please tell them about us and make a
Musicians - we are simply stewards of your career.
We don't claim any of your rights; we don't use your music
in any way without your express permission. We create tools and you
use them in whatever way benefits you and your patrons the most.
Patrons - 85% of your support goes directly to your artist(s). Then we
pay hosting, storage, bandwidth, etc. The remainder goes to development
and maintenance of the site. We also strive to keep the overall quality
of work available on the site elevated, to give you the best experience
The Three Pillars
We use our Three Pillars to drive our actions. In everything we do
we strive to be:
Fundamentally beneficial to all parties
Unquestionably equitable for all parties
Unflinchingly ethical in every decision and action
We also require our users to apply these rules to their interactions on
To build the best connection between patrons and artists, and define
the future of music.
A world full of patrons and artists working together, unfettered by the
old corporate system, making a broad variety of truly compelling work for
the benefit of humanity.
We are a "For-Benefit" or Fourth Sector company, which is an integrated
hybrid of non-profit and for-profit business models.
"For-Benefits are a new class of organization. Like non-profits,
For-Benefits can organize in pursuit of a wide range of social
missions. Like for-profits, For-Benefits can generate a broad range
of beneficial products and services that improve quality of life for
consumers, create jobs, and contribute to the economy.
For-Benefits represent a new paradigm in organizational design. At all
levels, they aim to link two concepts, which are held as a false
dichotomy in other models: private interest and public benefit.
For-Benefits seek to maximize benefit to all stakeholders, and
because of their architecture, they can embody some of the best
attributes of other organizational forms. They strive to be
transparent, accountable, effective, efficient, democratic,
inclusive, open, and cooperative."
We employ an intentional and transparent organizational practiced
called Holacracy. Dave Kuster, our CTO, found this practice described
at BuddhistGeeks.com and it
helps us run the company in an agile, responsive manner. Learn more
about the practice at Holacracy.org.