@Sylvia, thank you for this! I definitely agree with you on the importance of building a safe haven for artists to focus on art, and share their work in a fair community.
However, I would be interested to hear more of your thoughts on the second part of your statement in that artists should also “get decent and fair pay for it.”
I believe that Resonate’s stream2own model does a lot for helping artists achieve this, but I am concerned that even with the stream2own payment system, artists will still struggle to make a decent living, considering the capitalist society that I, and many others, currently live in.
With that being said, I think it is important that artists also have other tools at their disposal to generate additional support for their work, including the fair pay that Resonate offers.
I don’t think I explained this well enough in my original post, but my vision for this category wouldn’t be around posting offers and things, but more about having real-life community conversations about building a (paying) fanbase, and some of the tools that others have used to create this themselves.
This category would be separate from the vendor category, and I agree that we would need to monitor a vendor category closely as we wouldn’t want Resonate to become solely a marketplace, but most importantly a strongly centered music community instead.
An example I can give though for this “Creative Entrepreneurship” category idea that I mentioned is that I have heard of artists spending consistent sums of money on promoting their work, but they are often left with little to no return for their payment. In this example, I would love to have a conversation around ideas people have for artists to increase their return in a scenario like this. I have a handful of suggestions on this myself, but that is where I see the value of this category. Being able to help one another create more, and deeper, relationships with fans and followers.
I know this example doesn’t apply to everyone, but these are some of the issues I would like to tackle in a category like this.
I can see how certain words can rub people the wrong way, so if what I described above sounds a bit more inviting, would you, or anyone else have any ideas for a better name for this category?
Maybe something general like “artist tools,” “value building,” or “fanbase tips?”
I’m open to discussing more, and I don’t mind @richjensen’s idea to have a segregated zone for this as well, but I also think this category can help provide a new perspective for a lot of artists that will benefit them in the long run.
Love the perspectives and ideas so far, and I am comfortable with whatever way we decide to move forward.