Sharkk Heartt is creating Music for Equality
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What is Sharkk Heartt?

Sharkk Heartt is the name of my electronic pop music project, in which I (Lara) function as electronic music producer, songwriter, vocalist, keyboard-and-guitarist, and activist for equality. (And also as car mechanic, marketing team, booking agent, breadwinner, social media maven, publicist, and manager, because the business of music is NOT A WALK IN THE PARK).

I sing feminist anthems and manifestos for inclusivity, and I also sing love songs and the occasional up-tempo get-down. I write and speak about being an (imperfect) ally. I believe these things can make a difference, and add up to a better, kinder world, and I hope you will join me in this belief.

What are you creating?

I’m writing new songs and electronic music, learning to play songs I love, writing essays on feminism and activism and intersectionality, and writing a series called “Lean on Me Letters” - these are not-quite-an-advice-column, more like a heart-to-heart with a friend (the kind of friend who would like to make you feel heard and validated and encouraged, but also will call you on it if you are the one being a jerk). I will answer one letter a month from a patron, exclusively for patrons. (Write me at [email protected]!) I’ll also release a video or demo recording of a song or beat (sometimes one that I haven’t finished writing) every month.

I’m working to put together the final draft of a book manuscript based on my year of writing a letter every day by hand.

In addition, I’m working to start a youth program for teenage girls, teaching them production skills like booking shows, running sound, marketing, and venue settlements so we can empower more badass women and non-binary people to take charge in formerly male-dominated music spaces.

Why Patreon?

Because art matters. Music matters. And artists like me need an entire community of supporters in order to make what we do possible, especially in the digital age. Consider this: when you pledge $1 a month, I get paid 250 times what Spotify pays artists when someone listens to their song (about .004 cents per stream. That’s not 4 cents - that’s less than half a cent. You would have to stream the same song 250 times on Spotify before an artist makes $1 from it). By becoming a patron, you are making 250 times the impact for 1/10th of the cost of a Spotify subscription. Because of this, artists need fans like you more than ever. We can’t do what we do without you.

Patreon is an ideal platform for connection and exchange between artists and their fans. Patreon makes it easy for you to support me and my creations directly, and it makes it easy for me to gather all the new things I make in one place and share them with you!

What if I only want to pledge $1 a month but you create two or three things each month?

You can set a monthly cap on your pledge - just click on “I’d like to set a monthly limit” before you confirm your pledge amount.

What if I feel weird about giving out my credit card info online?

Patreon is an awesome company, and they keep your info safe - making a pledge on Patreon is a lot like subscribing to Netflix or Spotify, supporting a kickstarter campaign, or being enrolled in automatic bill-pay. Patreon was created to support artists and creators, so it’s built to be one of the most direct ways possible to support artists like me, and they keep payment-processing fees low so you know where your money is going.

So what’s special about being one of your patrons? Where IS my money going, exactly?

When you sign up to be a patron, your pledge will go directly into the creation of new music, new writing, and the youth program I’m working to begin. You will be entering a symbiotic relationship of art creation, and you can be as involved or uninvolved as you’d like. You’ll be making it possible for me to record new songs and create new music videos that I’ll release for free - I want these songs to be accessible to everyone, because the world is tough to navigate, and music can help.

You’ll also get exclusive access to demo versions, unfinished songs, and a monthly “Lean on Me” letter I write to a fan. You’ll have the opportunity to help me decide on projects - what songs to cover, what news you’d like to hear about, which new song should be the single on the next album. Choose the reward tier that best fits your budget and your desired level of involvement - it’s up to you.

In closing…

I can’t say thank you enough. You are making it possible for me to give what I am able to give and make a positive impact in this world, and that means everything.

Tiers
For The Art
$1 or more per creation

You'll get access to everything I create:

- Every new song

- Every new video

- Monthly "Lean on Me" letter

- Essays & Reflections on feminism, equality, and allyship

For The Glory
$5 or more per creation

You'll get access to everything I create, plus a shout-out on my social media pages, plus the inner satisfaction of knowing you are making it possible for music to be born and young women to run the world. 

For The (e)Mail
$15 or more per creation

You'll get access to everything I create, plus a quarterly email newsletter full of recommendations - music I've loved, articles I found thought-provoking, books I've been reading, podcasts that made me smile; plus a shout-out on my social media pages, plus the inner satisfaction of knowing you are making it possible for music to be born and young women to run the world. 

For The Record
$25 or more per creation

When you make a $25 pledge, for January 2019 only, I'll send you a lathe-cut 7" record of Sharkk Heartt's single "Maybe We Are Infinite". 


You'll also get access to everything I create, plus a shout-out on my social media pages, plus the inner satisfaction of knowing you are making it possible for music to be born and young women to run the world. 

This is Your Song
$50 or more per creation

When you pledge $50 or more, I'll record a cover of a song YOU CHOOSE* (limit one annually).


You'll also get access to everything I create, plus a shout-out on my social media pages, plus the inner satisfaction of knowing you are making it possible for music to be born and young women to run the world. 


*song subject to artist approval. possible reasons a song might not be approved: misogynist or disempowering lyrics (no "Baby It's Cold Outside"). a crazy impossible vocal range (as much as I love Sia, this disqualifies a couple of hers. But just a couple). 

Goals
33 – reached! patrons
Sharkk Heartt's creator is turning 33 on February 1st and hoping to build a community 33 people strong by then! If we reach 33 patrons by February 1st, I'll record a thank-you video AT MY BIRTHDAY PARTY, with my friends chiming in!
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What is Sharkk Heartt?

Sharkk Heartt is the name of my electronic pop music project, in which I (Lara) function as electronic music producer, songwriter, vocalist, keyboard-and-guitarist, and activist for equality. (And also as car mechanic, marketing team, booking agent, breadwinner, social media maven, publicist, and manager, because the business of music is NOT A WALK IN THE PARK).

I sing feminist anthems and manifestos for inclusivity, and I also sing love songs and the occasional up-tempo get-down. I write and speak about being an (imperfect) ally. I believe these things can make a difference, and add up to a better, kinder world, and I hope you will join me in this belief.

What are you creating?

I’m writing new songs and electronic music, learning to play songs I love, writing essays on feminism and activism and intersectionality, and writing a series called “Lean on Me Letters” - these are not-quite-an-advice-column, more like a heart-to-heart with a friend (the kind of friend who would like to make you feel heard and validated and encouraged, but also will call you on it if you are the one being a jerk). I will answer one letter a month from a patron, exclusively for patrons. (Write me at [email protected]!) I’ll also release a video or demo recording of a song or beat (sometimes one that I haven’t finished writing) every month.

I’m working to put together the final draft of a book manuscript based on my year of writing a letter every day by hand.

In addition, I’m working to start a youth program for teenage girls, teaching them production skills like booking shows, running sound, marketing, and venue settlements so we can empower more badass women and non-binary people to take charge in formerly male-dominated music spaces.

Why Patreon?

Because art matters. Music matters. And artists like me need an entire community of supporters in order to make what we do possible, especially in the digital age. Consider this: when you pledge $1 a month, I get paid 250 times what Spotify pays artists when someone listens to their song (about .004 cents per stream. That’s not 4 cents - that’s less than half a cent. You would have to stream the same song 250 times on Spotify before an artist makes $1 from it). By becoming a patron, you are making 250 times the impact for 1/10th of the cost of a Spotify subscription. Because of this, artists need fans like you more than ever. We can’t do what we do without you.

Patreon is an ideal platform for connection and exchange between artists and their fans. Patreon makes it easy for you to support me and my creations directly, and it makes it easy for me to gather all the new things I make in one place and share them with you!

What if I only want to pledge $1 a month but you create two or three things each month?

You can set a monthly cap on your pledge - just click on “I’d like to set a monthly limit” before you confirm your pledge amount.

What if I feel weird about giving out my credit card info online?

Patreon is an awesome company, and they keep your info safe - making a pledge on Patreon is a lot like subscribing to Netflix or Spotify, supporting a kickstarter campaign, or being enrolled in automatic bill-pay. Patreon was created to support artists and creators, so it’s built to be one of the most direct ways possible to support artists like me, and they keep payment-processing fees low so you know where your money is going.

So what’s special about being one of your patrons? Where IS my money going, exactly?

When you sign up to be a patron, your pledge will go directly into the creation of new music, new writing, and the youth program I’m working to begin. You will be entering a symbiotic relationship of art creation, and you can be as involved or uninvolved as you’d like. You’ll be making it possible for me to record new songs and create new music videos that I’ll release for free - I want these songs to be accessible to everyone, because the world is tough to navigate, and music can help.

You’ll also get exclusive access to demo versions, unfinished songs, and a monthly “Lean on Me” letter I write to a fan. You’ll have the opportunity to help me decide on projects - what songs to cover, what news you’d like to hear about, which new song should be the single on the next album. Choose the reward tier that best fits your budget and your desired level of involvement - it’s up to you.

In closing…

I can’t say thank you enough. You are making it possible for me to give what I am able to give and make a positive impact in this world, and that means everything.

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Tiers
For The Art
$1 or more per creation

You'll get access to everything I create:

- Every new song

- Every new video

- Monthly "Lean on Me" letter

- Essays & Reflections on feminism, equality, and allyship

For The Glory
$5 or more per creation

You'll get access to everything I create, plus a shout-out on my social media pages, plus the inner satisfaction of knowing you are making it possible for music to be born and young women to run the world. 

For The (e)Mail
$15 or more per creation

You'll get access to everything I create, plus a quarterly email newsletter full of recommendations - music I've loved, articles I found thought-provoking, books I've been reading, podcasts that made me smile; plus a shout-out on my social media pages, plus the inner satisfaction of knowing you are making it possible for music to be born and young women to run the world. 

For The Record
$25 or more per creation

When you make a $25 pledge, for January 2019 only, I'll send you a lathe-cut 7" record of Sharkk Heartt's single "Maybe We Are Infinite". 


You'll also get access to everything I create, plus a shout-out on my social media pages, plus the inner satisfaction of knowing you are making it possible for music to be born and young women to run the world. 

This is Your Song
$50 or more per creation

When you pledge $50 or more, I'll record a cover of a song YOU CHOOSE* (limit one annually).


You'll also get access to everything I create, plus a shout-out on my social media pages, plus the inner satisfaction of knowing you are making it possible for music to be born and young women to run the world. 


*song subject to artist approval. possible reasons a song might not be approved: misogynist or disempowering lyrics (no "Baby It's Cold Outside"). a crazy impossible vocal range (as much as I love Sia, this disqualifies a couple of hers. But just a couple).