Make Music Happen

The most potent way for people who love music to connect with music they love.

The King is Dead! Long Live the King!

Aug 31, 2013

Though it alliterates nicely, content is no longer king. We've entered a new reign...

New HypeBot Post

Oct 16, 2012

HypeBot just posted Eliot van Buskirk's article from last week.

Just published: article

Oct 11, 2012

Eliot van Buskirk just published a very nice article on about Patronism.

The Quest for the Holy Grail(s programmer)

Sep 19, 2012

Patronism just turned two, and needs your help to move forward...

Patronism mentioned in HypeBot again

Jan 05, 2012

Patronism was just listed in HypeBot's article on 15 Indie Artist Revenue Streams for 2012

Louis CK, Cee Lo and patrons

Dec 31, 2011

Two stories have caught my attention recently: The various cottage industries amalgamated by Cee Lo Green into his thriving career, and Louis CK's self-produced comedy special, Live at the Beacon Theater...

New Feature Articles

Sep 15, 2011

Two new feature articles, one in ATX Man Magazine, and one in Origin Magazine

$1.1 million for that "hit" song? At what cost?

Jul 03, 2011

Here's an interesting breakdown of the $1.1 Million it took for Def Jam to construct one hit song for Rhianna. Hopefully...

Front Page of the Business Section!

Jun 03, 2011

We were just published on the front page of the business section of the Austin-American Statesman.

Patronism's first featured artist: Little Brave

May 12, 2011

We've just launched our crowdfunding campaign for the company. You can now become a patron of Patronism and fund the movement. You'll also get access to our content stream including artist interviews and other behind the scenes access...

More press - AustinPost, and Hypebot

May 11, 2011

Since the article in Wired was published Monday, we've had three more media boosts in the AustinPost, and Hypebot

Feature article on

May 09, 2011

We just hit a major milestone - our first feature article on! Please share this blog post and comment with wild abandon. We want to hear your thoughts!


May 08, 2011

I saw Echotone last night, and I have to say it was the best movie on the Austin music scene I've seen. It was also a 90 minute argument for Patronism's model...

The revolution will be crowdfunded

May 04, 2011

Music is meaningful. It helps us define our lives, and enriches our experiences. Musicians make music, patrons make music happen, and now your passion for music can power this whole movement...

BMI: Top 5 Mistakes songwriters make

May 02, 2011

This is a good article for artists and fans to read about the demo recording process. It also illustrates a key point about Patronism: artists and patrons are on a path together, not just producers or consumers.

Patronism in the Boston Phoenix: One of ten ideas that may save the music industry

Apr 25, 2011

Patronism was just written up in the Rethink: Music edition of the Boston Phoenix as one of ten ideas that may save the music industry.

How much for that House of Songs?

Apr 24, 2011

I had the pleasure of playing a show with Dave Madden, Chris Hawkes, Sara Hickman (State Musician of Texas), and about 15 other really great performers on Friday night. Dave spent months arranging the music. We've all spent years practicing our performance chops. It was so much fun, and basically, none of us...

What th'...??? 54 cents?!

Apr 08, 2011

I'm just going to put up some numbers for comparison. They need no editorial, they speak for themselves...

There are at least 10 specific things wrong with this picture

Mar 13, 2011

This is the number one most shared video on the web today, as reported by Justin Bieber featuring Rascall Flatts. It is also exactly why Patronism exists. To lift a line, directly from the song, "This is so wrong. I can't go on till you believe..."

Developing Patronism the Lean Way

Mar 12, 2011

To begin, a recent investment company, Next Step Capital, laughed out loud when we told them our burn rate. I don’t think they believed us, but that’s what Lean Methodology allows you to achieve.

Patronism selected as ReThink Music Business Model Finalist

Feb 28, 2011

Harvard and Berklee put out a call for papers for New Music Business Models. Patronism was selected as a finalist. Next step is submission of the complete business plan by Mar 15th.

Records and Bankers

Feb 07, 2011

One of the last four major labels was just bought for next to nothing by Citigroup.

What is all this stuff, who is using it, and ... WTF?! Where is the music?

Jan 27, 2011

At the very end of this video about the whirlwind of tasks and services involved in managing an artist today, he hits it: build fans the old fashioned way - Direct Human Interaction. It's that interaction that has been glossed over by the music industry. The intrinsic value of how music...

Did you hear the one about the major label executive who loved music?

Dec 29, 2010

Probably not, because there hasn't been one in ages. I love small labels. I love the people who still believe in music. I love the people who listen to music. I love musicians who hone their skills and dedicate their lives to their craft. I love music. Put on "Axis: Bold as Love" and then look for today's closest offering...

Patronism... is that even a word?

Dec 16, 2010

First, let me answer. No. Patronism is a neologism, a word I made up when I needed a URL. And thank god it was available. But that's not what this blog is about. What is Patronism? You could say it all started...