My musical Guru, Ali Akbar Khan, used to speak so sweetly about his time in the Rajasthani court, playing for the king who became his patron and benefactor. Khansahib, as we lovingly called him, claimed he would never have become the maestro that he was without having had that patronage. And the same is true for so many of the greatest artists, playwrights, scientists and musicians of history – they all had patrons helping them to achieve their life’s vision.
Well, times have changed. The days of royal patronage are long gone. But now, with crowdfunding and other miracles, we’re relearning the art of giving in a new and very modern way. As we rediscover our interconnectedness and interdependence, we find the awareness that we all need to become patrons of each other.
Enter Patreon – a new web platform based upon an ancient principal, wherein fans can become an integral part of the lives of the artists they love. Through Patreon, I’m creating a circle of devotion; an opportunity for us to be involved in something bigger than ourselves. My devotion to you, my fans, echoes and mirrors your devotion to me and to my music, and, together, like pebbles dropping into still water, our spirits can ripple outward with more energy, integrity and light. I’m not asking you to ‘support’ me in my creative process; I’m inviting you to become part of my creative and devotional world. Be my co-creator by joining me on Patreon and allowing me to keep on giving my art and my heart to you!
You can become a patron for as little as $1 a month, but you can give AS MUCH as you want!