Ahsan

is creating music

1

patron

$5

per creation
Hello Friends!

here we are! the next frontier of crowdfunding, the future of sustainable art, the final exam in asking & giving, whatever you wanna call it….this is it, I'm doin’ it.

this patreon is for people who want to help sustain my ability and freedom to MAKE WHAT I WANT, WHEN I WANT – liberated from commercial interests – by paying me a set amount of money every time i create something.

for an overview of how patreon works in general, they’ve got a great primer HERE to explain how it works. but basically: you give patreon your credit card # (or paypal) and you’re charged $1 (or more, if you choose) at the end every month to support me and my collaborators in our general art-making undertakings. your support also helps me to pay my general costs-of-doing-business (my office, my staff, all of life).

THE VIDEOS on my facebook page, instagram and youtube explains a lot about what i’ve been up to over the last few years.

Your help will greatly impact the way i write, produce and release music...it will not only inspired me but also a lot of people who I want to work and collaborate with, and mark my words, we’re just getting started.

if you wanna, go look at this LIST OF THINGS that i’ve released so far over the last few years:
http://www.ahsanlive.com

as you can see, there’s over 20 things, mostly live performances, workshops and recorded live music. This year I want to record at least 5 of my own songs, collaborating with friends from different places around the world and make a video of at least 2 songs with your help. Yes! there can be more depending on your support.

the main thing to keep in mind as you look at this list is that ALMOST NONE OF THIS WORK IS COMMERCIALLY VIABLE! there’s really just no way in today’s marketplace to “make a profit” from a youtube video with just a few thousand views, or a webcast of a beautiful orchestra show, or a weird animation (which are very time-consuming and expensive to produce) unless you’re a *massive* mainstream artist putting up huge paywalls and/or selling your soul to corporate advertisers. i don’t wanna do that, that’s not who i am.

now, a little backstory.
In 2016, I decided to move to Canada to be with the love of my life. Leaving behind a job at a leading performing arts academy in Pakistan as Music faculty and Coordinator. Continuing my music career here in Toronto, Canada. I hope you get the gist of crowdfunding and patronage: artists need ongoing, reliable support – akin to a salary in the “real world” – if they’re going to make it and be happy, working artists. the internet and micropayments are making that possible.

patreon is a great platform for organizing this concept, including the huge advantage that patrons on a budget (who can only afford $1 per month) don’t have to worry about getting charged too much, whereas people with a lot to give ($100 and $1,000 patrons) are also welcome to support, without expecting huge amounts of time-sinking rewards which drain energy from the artist.

i treasure my $1 patrons as much as my $1,000 patrons : every goddamn dollar counts. it’s also sort of like NPR (that’s american for “National Public Radio”, for you foreigners): even though you donate, nobody expects you to be glued and tuned into the radio 24/7 just because you made an annual donation. you donated BECAUSE YOU WANT EVERYONE ELSE to be able to enjoy the top-quality (and free) content that NPR provides. this is a community. everybody pitches in what they can, and i try to keep my content as free as possible, so that EVERYBODY, even the people who cannot afford to be part of this patreon, can enjoy my songwriting and my other artistic undertakings.

I will also start blogging and will ask a lot of questions for a lot of input and feedback. you’re never expected to answer, but i read every comment, because i care a lot about this community and whether it’s working for everybody.

if you guys know me, you know i LISTEN. we're here to make this work, and we will. not a lot of songwriters are using this platform, but more are joining every day, and this community is kind of a trail-blazer, since we are making up the rules as we go along.

so. whether you’ve been a fan of mine or whether you’ve stumbled across my songs or videos online, i would love to invite you to join this community and see what we are doing.

and if you’re already one of my patrons...THANK YOU. i love you and you are making me possible.


love,
MAS

p.s. one more thing: if you're not familiar with my music. Please visit my website
http://www.ahsanlive.com

p.p.s. if you have questions, please submit them on twitter, on facebook, or here on the patron stream once you sign up or send me an email at [email protected] and I’ll get you sorted.if you’d like more information about How Patreon Works or need help with your patreon account you can view a ton of resources on patreon’s support page and contact their support team directly: http://support.patreon.com
Tiers
Just $1 a month!
$1 or more per creation
This will make a difference. You will get to view first hand whatever I create, in your email. You will also be part of the pre-production.
$5 Monthly
$5 or more per creation
I will discuss and share my process with you. I will do live or online performances for you. I will also invite you to my live events.
$10 per creation
$10 or more per creation
I will discuss and share my process with you. I will do live or online performances for you. I will also invite you to my live events plus I will take your request whenever!
$50 per creation
$50 or more per creation
All of the above plus I will send you postcards. Handwritten thank you letter with goodies!
OMG
$100 or more per creation
You are my hero. Thank you for being so kind. I will try my best to deliver to the best of my ability. You are getting everything above and my sincere thanks!
Are you..!
$500 or more per creation
This is amazing. You are contributing for a lot of other people who I can collaborate with and the turnout will be something completely unusual but very human.
Goals
1 of 30 patrons
A music video of my song in collaboration with musician friends!
1 of 1
Hello Friends!

here we are! the next frontier of crowdfunding, the future of sustainable art, the final exam in asking & giving, whatever you wanna call it….this is it, I'm doin’ it.

this patreon is for people who want to help sustain my ability and freedom to MAKE WHAT I WANT, WHEN I WANT – liberated from commercial interests – by paying me a set amount of money every time i create something.

for an overview of how patreon works in general, they’ve got a great primer HERE to explain how it works. but basically: you give patreon your credit card # (or paypal) and you’re charged $1 (or more, if you choose) at the end every month to support me and my collaborators in our general art-making undertakings. your support also helps me to pay my general costs-of-doing-business (my office, my staff, all of life).

THE VIDEOS on my facebook page, instagram and youtube explains a lot about what i’ve been up to over the last few years.

Your help will greatly impact the way i write, produce and release music...it will not only inspired me but also a lot of people who I want to work and collaborate with, and mark my words, we’re just getting started.

if you wanna, go look at this LIST OF THINGS that i’ve released so far over the last few years:
http://www.ahsanlive.com

as you can see, there’s over 20 things, mostly live performances, workshops and recorded live music. This year I want to record at least 5 of my own songs, collaborating with friends from different places around the world and make a video of at least 2 songs with your help. Yes! there can be more depending on your support.

the main thing to keep in mind as you look at this list is that ALMOST NONE OF THIS WORK IS COMMERCIALLY VIABLE! there’s really just no way in today’s marketplace to “make a profit” from a youtube video with just a few thousand views, or a webcast of a beautiful orchestra show, or a weird animation (which are very time-consuming and expensive to produce) unless you’re a *massive* mainstream artist putting up huge paywalls and/or selling your soul to corporate advertisers. i don’t wanna do that, that’s not who i am.

now, a little backstory.
In 2016, I decided to move to Canada to be with the love of my life. Leaving behind a job at a leading performing arts academy in Pakistan as Music faculty and Coordinator. Continuing my music career here in Toronto, Canada. I hope you get the gist of crowdfunding and patronage: artists need ongoing, reliable support – akin to a salary in the “real world” – if they’re going to make it and be happy, working artists. the internet and micropayments are making that possible.

patreon is a great platform for organizing this concept, including the huge advantage that patrons on a budget (who can only afford $1 per month) don’t have to worry about getting charged too much, whereas people with a lot to give ($100 and $1,000 patrons) are also welcome to support, without expecting huge amounts of time-sinking rewards which drain energy from the artist.

i treasure my $1 patrons as much as my $1,000 patrons : every goddamn dollar counts. it’s also sort of like NPR (that’s american for “National Public Radio”, for you foreigners): even though you donate, nobody expects you to be glued and tuned into the radio 24/7 just because you made an annual donation. you donated BECAUSE YOU WANT EVERYONE ELSE to be able to enjoy the top-quality (and free) content that NPR provides. this is a community. everybody pitches in what they can, and i try to keep my content as free as possible, so that EVERYBODY, even the people who cannot afford to be part of this patreon, can enjoy my songwriting and my other artistic undertakings.

I will also start blogging and will ask a lot of questions for a lot of input and feedback. you’re never expected to answer, but i read every comment, because i care a lot about this community and whether it’s working for everybody.

if you guys know me, you know i LISTEN. we're here to make this work, and we will. not a lot of songwriters are using this platform, but more are joining every day, and this community is kind of a trail-blazer, since we are making up the rules as we go along.

so. whether you’ve been a fan of mine or whether you’ve stumbled across my songs or videos online, i would love to invite you to join this community and see what we are doing.

and if you’re already one of my patrons...THANK YOU. i love you and you are making me possible.


love,
MAS

p.s. one more thing: if you're not familiar with my music. Please visit my website
http://www.ahsanlive.com

p.p.s. if you have questions, please submit them on twitter, on facebook, or here on the patron stream once you sign up or send me an email at [email protected] and I’ll get you sorted.if you’d like more information about How Patreon Works or need help with your patreon account you can view a ton of resources on patreon’s support page and contact their support team directly: http://support.patreon.com

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Tiers
Just $1 a month!
$1 or more per creation
This will make a difference. You will get to view first hand whatever I create, in your email. You will also be part of the pre-production.
$5 Monthly
$5 or more per creation
I will discuss and share my process with you. I will do live or online performances for you. I will also invite you to my live events.
$10 per creation
$10 or more per creation
I will discuss and share my process with you. I will do live or online performances for you. I will also invite you to my live events plus I will take your request whenever!
$50 per creation
$50 or more per creation
All of the above plus I will send you postcards. Handwritten thank you letter with goodies!
OMG
$100 or more per creation
You are my hero. Thank you for being so kind. I will try my best to deliver to the best of my ability. You are getting everything above and my sincere thanks!
Are you..!
$500 or more per creation
This is amazing. You are contributing for a lot of other people who I can collaborate with and the turnout will be something completely unusual but very human.