I've noticed a lot of takes on this forum (and elsewhere) that Patreon and GoFundMe are a bad thing. It seems like some people view it as a kind of freeloading or panhandling. I've seen some comments like, "I didn't have to ask for handouts," or some such thing.
I don't think of it like that at all. It's a way to charge for services, and as long as people are willing to pay for it, I don't see what there is to complain about. When I was learning to play drums, I had no access to the top pros I was into. Now, I can connect directly with musicians I would have never been able to in my younger years. I've sponsored a couple PledgeMusic projects over the years and got some extremely cool perks from it, even a Skype call with one of my drumming heroes. And considering how tough times are these days for musicians, with recording revenues drying up in recent years, it feels crazy to throw shade at players for taking advantage of a way to make a living.
Very true.. There is clickbait adds where people try to lure you in with misinformation or garbage to hit their site and get them ad revenue, and there is legit drummers offering services. I did a Skype lesson last week and it was fantastic. We live nowhere near each other and I dig his material, way of teaching and style.
Same with patron. No one is forcing anyone to pay the MINIMAL amount of money most of these dudes charge. Many charge low amounts of money in hopes of getting more people on there to give very valuable information. Now, If someone is in here every day posting 30 second clip video teasers with "Check out my Patron for the full video" on it, that would get old in a hurry. But this is probibly the most reasonable place for a DRUMMER to let other drummers know they are on there. Heck, half the people here probibly don't even know Patron exists.
The quote "Everybody wants you to do good, just not as good as them" comes to mind. I feel jealousy is a huge cause of snide comments to these things. Just because someone is making some money and gaining popularity doesn't mean they are doing anything wrong. You just need to be careful as there are people that make Patron sites or give skype lessons that shouldn't be as well. Do your research.
Edit - This wasn't directed at you, just liked your post!