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These 34 Creators Earned Over $150,000 Every on Patreon in 2016 – Meet Them!


Lastly, ”ravenous” and “artist” not should be joined on the hip.

Patreon is, palms down, the perfect place for creators to receives a commission. In 2016 alone, we celebrated hundreds of artists and creators who earned life-changing earnings. It’s (insert expletive) superior that 34 of these creators earned greater than $150,000 every on Patreon, together with science nerds, sailboat captains, and serial procrastinators. They span each inventive class on the web — podcasts, music, movies, illustration, and extra, and each single one in every of them makes the world slightly bit higher with their work.

2016 Creator Earnings Pie Chart

Rattling. That. Is. Superior. Creators are getting paid. Artwork is being made. The world of creating issues, following your ardour, and crafting the profession you need is alive and thriving, and we couldn’t be extra enthusiastic about rolling into 2017 with this momentum.

As we kick off 2017, we needed to pause and rejoice a few of our most profitable creators. The cool simply hold getting cooler. As a result of followers pay creators each month, these artists will most likely make the identical financial institution (and extra) in 2017.

Movies and podcasts – 16,230 patrons

A pair years in the past, Greg Miller, Colin Moriarty, Nick Scarpino, and Tim Gettys stop their comfortable jobs at IGN to department out on their very own and pursue their beloved side-gig, Kinda Humorous. Quick-forward to the top of 2016 — these guys have two booming Patreon pages with over 16,000 patrons, a full-time worker, and a decked out San Francisco studio the place they document all of the shenanigans.

“2016 was an insane 12 months for us,” Greg says. “We moved from a spare bed room to an actual studio, launched an animated sequence, and offered out a 1,000-seat venue for Kinda Humorous Dwell 2. All of that is because of the overwhelming and never-ending assist we obtain on Patreon. We’re a 2-year-old enterprise that would by no means obtain the goals with obtain if we didn’t have a military of Greatest Buddies supporting us each day.”

Academic movies – 7,215 patrons

The Crash Course crew doesn’t simply create free academic movies; they create smarter individuals. Based by the Inexperienced brothers of VlogBrothers fame, the Crash Course channel has over 5M YouTube subscribers and has turn out to be a one-stop-shop to study something and every little thing: physics, gaming, U.S. authorities, psychology, and method, far more.

“We do that as a result of we’re big nerds,” says John — half of VlogBrothers and New York Instances best-selling writer — “but additionally as a result of we consider that high-quality academic movies ought to be obtainable to everybody free of charge.” Making it attainable isn’t simple, in order that they flip to their patrons on Patreon to make it occur. “You might be by far our largest income.”

Artwork – **8,731 patrons

Amanda Palmer — or, Amanda F*cking Palmer, as she calls herself — is a doer of all issues. “I hate timelines, deadlines… mainly I hate all strains. I simply need to make all of the issues.” And that, she does. Her TED speak has nearly 9 million views and her ebook was a New York Instances best-seller. Except for that, she makes music, movies, efficiency artwork, essays, infants (she’s a brand new mother!) and, most significantly, group. Amanda has practically 9,000 religious patrons, to whom she connects deeply with usually.

“It’s revolutionary,” Amanda begins. “I’ve gone via each iteration of content material distribution within the final decade, from combating my method off a serious label to efficiently utilizing Kickstarter, and I feel having a base of dedicated paying subscribers is the ultimate, sensible frontier for individuals like me who simply need to get on with the enterprise of creation. As artists, our freedom and skill to place out digital content-for-all on the web has been a blessing and curse, since we are able to obtain infinite distribution, but monetizing that attain has been a fraught thriller. This kind of system actually provides you freedom from the intermediary: within the final 12 months I’ve put out albums, singles, music movies, webcasts, efficiency artwork, animation and all with none advertising conferences, with out having to work on another person’s launch schedule, and all with my very own funds from my very own followers. As a brand new mom it’s a blessing past perception, as a result of I need to keep in management and work at my very own tempo, with my very own palms on the gears of content material and timing. As an artist it’s extremely rewarding to make artwork for the individuals, immediately. And as a patron myself, I do know it’s additionally actually rewarding to know that my cash goes straight into the pockets of the artist and creators as a substitute of to the middlemen, who aren’t within the sustained profession of an artist as a lot as making a fast buck. This revolution goes to vary the way in which musicians make music, there’s going to be much more inventive freedom, and I feel that’s a phenomenal factor given the difficult political occasions forward us.”

Online game streams – 5,537 patrons

Inside 48 hours of their launch on Patreon, Simple Allies had over $30,000 and 4,000 patrons. If that wasn’t loopy sufficient, this was shortly in any case 9 members had misplaced their jobs at GameTrailers.com, the longstanding sport assessment web site that had ended their 13 12 months run.

Quick ahead to as we speak; they’ve nearly hit their 1-year-anniversary on Patreon and are stronger than ever. “Patreon has not solely given us the monetary stability to proceed doing what we love, but additionally supplied us with methods to get nearer to our viewers than ever earlier than,” says Brandon, 1/ninth of the Simple Allies crew. “The response has been overwhelming.”

Science movies – 5,509 patrons

“Right here at SciShow, we hate not understanding issues,” says Hank Inexperienced, a bunch of the more and more well-liked YouTube channel. For lifelong learners and questioning minds, SciShow sheds gentle on the curiosities of life, like “are you able to get an excessive amount of sleep?” or “ought to I put on sunscreen within the winter?

The purpose for the SciShow crew is to “seize the awesomeness of this weird universe and make it simple for everybody to know and revel in.” With over 500 million views and nearly 6,000 paying patrons, I feel it’s protected to say they’re crushing their purpose.

A cappella music movies – 3,722 patrons

To say that Peter Hollens makes music is already too far of an understatement. As an a capella pop singer, each track Peter releases is crafted by his voice (and a few claps), with no devices in sight. As a lot as he loves music, one minute spent with him will inform you that he loves his “Hollensfam” extra. And wow, do they love him again: his social profiles mixed home over 2.5 million members of the Hollensfam.

“Patreon has allowed me to develop my enterprise and firm so I can create extra content material, put money into my superb crew, and start to assist educate and encourage others to do what I do. 2017 might be my pivot 12 months to start giving again to my group and fellow creators,” stated Peter.

Journey movies – 1,276 patrons

With none information of crusing, Australian couple Elayna and Riley set out on a journey to journey the world on a 43 foot yacht — all whereas documenting the entire journey. Since setting sail, they’ve taken their 250,000 YouTube subscribers on journeys of a lifetime, via the Mediterranean, Caribbean, Atlantic, Pacific and extra.

“We began making motion pictures to share our journey with family and friends again in Australia. Now, we proceed to share our journey with the world.” The cash they obtain from their patrons helps them purchase new tools, restore the boat, and “feed ourselves after we can’t catch a fish. It’s YOU who make these motion pictures attainable. We hope you benefit from the sequence.”

Science animation movies – 6,072 patrons

Three years in the past, Kurzgesagt, a science animation YouTube channel, was born by a small group of artists straight out of faculty. In 2016, that very same crew grew to 10 individuals, made up of designers, journalists, and musicians. With a purpose to make science look stunning — “as a result of it’s stunning” — Kurzgesagt boasts practically 3.5 million YouTube subscribers and 6,000 patrons.

Whereas the members nonetheless have “actual jobs,” they have been in a position to make use of their assist on Patreon to stage up their work. In 2016, they “invested far more time in scripts, design and animation. We labored on longer movies than earlier than, we talked with consultants for nearly each video, and on prime of that, 2016 was our most efficient 12 months ever! All of this was attainable due to assist on Patreon.”

Tech podcasts – 4,563 patrons

Hosted by podcasting professional Tom Merritt, the Each day Tech Information Present has supplied listeners their day by day dose of know-how information since 2005. Though Tom simply hosted his 2,940th episode, he doesn’t do it alone; he runs a crew of award-winning impartial tech podcasters who solicit viewers response to make the podcast nearly as good as it may be.

“There could be no present with out our viewers and Patreon has made it attainable for them to maintain us going,” Tom says of his 4.5k patrons. “I nonetheless can’t consider how many individuals are prepared to assist our present and I work tougher on a regular basis to deserve their religion in us!”

Weekly podcasts and movies – 5,059 patrons

The comic hosts of The Comedy Button podcast and video sequence have launched an episode to their devoted listeners each Friday since 2011. What’s the podcast about, you may ask? Their web site will inform you that it’s “the perfect podcast ever created by human beings on planet earth,” which their 500,000 month-to-month listeners can vouch for.

“Because of our success on Patreon, we’ve launched a slew of bizarre authentic sequence on our YouTube channel.” Though they name their very own movies “dumb,” the blokes is aware of that on the finish of the day, what they create for his or her followers actually does matter. “Comedy is crucial factor on the earth in these darkish and distracting occasions.”

Gaming and historical past movies – 3,718 patrons

I’m considering Additional Credit ought to get some main additional credit score for his or her superior transfer in 2016; whereas their foremost gig is producing high-quality movies concerning the artwork, business, and group of video video games, the EC crew used their patronage to relaunch an previous fan-favorite sequence, Additional Historical past.

“We created the primary Additional Historical past sequence in September of 2013, and we have been blown away by the response. The sequence obtained over 600,000 views and never a month glided by after we didn’t get a remark or an e mail asking, ‘Will Additional Historical past ever come again?’ However a lot as we needed to, we couldn’t afford it. Till Patreon. Patreon permits us to make Additional Credit a actuality, along with your assist.”

Excessive-quality weblog posts  – 4,436 patrons

Tim City, the author and illustrator behind Wait However Why, desires to rebuild your consideration span with long-form, thought-provoking content material. He’ll assume via something, from methods to decide your life accomplice to how (and why) SpaceX will colonize Mars. He’ll even give a TED speak about his procrastinating thoughts and why you need to spend extra time eager about yours (which 9.7 million individuals have seen, by the way in which).

Since becoming a member of Patreon, Wait However Why has handed a number of milestones, together with making a full-time rent. “It’s been a complete game-changer. Patreon now helps each me and our new, full-time supervisor of A lot of Issues, Alicia. Alicia is superb and has already achieved a ton to make Wait However Why a lot better and free me as much as concentrate on writing. We’d be comfortable to maintain doing issues precisely how we’re doing them for a very long time, and now we are able to. We’d additionally like to do much more if it turns into attainable,” talking of their upcoming stretch purpose that may allow them to start out a weekly podcast, rent a second teammate, and extra.

Movies and movies – 3,286 patrons

Need bizarre movies? They’ve obtained a lot! The fellows behind Purple Letter Media have been “very lucky to have the ability to create snarky, bizarre movies that folks truly watch.” And watch, they do — their YouTube movies have a collective 168M views and counting, from characteristic movies to Star Wars evaluations.

Though RLM employs a small crew, they use each little bit of earnings from patrons to proceed leveling up their manufacturing, like upgrading tools, renting movie places, or hiring actors.  

Podcasts and information – 3,149 patrons

“We had one other nice 12 months as journalists and podcasters, fuelled by our Patreon supporters,” says Jesse Brown, host of CANADALAND. Paid for in full by it’s viewers, the weekly podcast and information web site is primarily targeted on media criticism and reporting, however makes time for enjoyable alongside the way in which. Brown’s information to Canada (made full by a delicate, moose-snuggling Drake) is highly-anticipated for it’s mid-2017 launch.

“Direct assist from our listeners retains us accountable and lets us concentrate on our content material and protection. Because of Patreon for present, and thanks, all the time, to the individuals who hold us working with their beneficiant month-to-month assist.”

Movies, podcasts, streams – 1,830 patrons

The comedy troupe behind LoadingReadyRun has one purpose and one purpose solely: “we need to make you snicker!” Hailing from Victoria, BC, Canada, the LRR crew has been releasing comedy shorts since 2003, gaining and sustaining a powerful following of joke lovers.

“The concept that we are able to assist ourselves immediately from our viewers, with out having to cost a charge, with out having to chase contracts…is superb!”

Crusing movies – 1,121 patrons

Like our pals at LaVagabonde, the adventurous trio behind SV Delos are crusing around the globe, inviting family and friends for the trip. “That is our story, a narrative of three souls crusing around the globe. It’s a story about crusing and journey and journey. But it surely’s additionally a narrative about assembly superb individuals and making life lengthy pals. It’s a narrative of individuals dwelling their lives in an alternate method, in shut reference to the attractive individuals and superb planet that we name residence.”

“Delos didn’t get this far by chance, or by any kind of magic. We obtained there due to all of the superb patrons on the earth. Due to you, we are actually full-time sailors and residential film editors. We not should roll burritos, work in workplaces, or write code all day. Thanks, a lot.”

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Documentary sequence – 2,995 patrons

Ever take into consideration what life was like precisely 100 years in the past? Indy Neidell, host of The Nice Struggle, takes you (and 490k different historical past lovers) again week by week for an immersive take a look at the First World Struggle. Except for Indy, TGW boasts a crew of 5 Berlin-based staff, working full-time to ship compelling, academic content material.

“The assist we get on Patreon makes our present attainable; we’d be lengthy gone with out our patrons,” says Flo, a producer for the present. “2016 was by far our greatest 12 months and we have been in a position to vastly enhance the present primarily based on suggestions we obtained from the group. And among the best weeks of this unbelievable 12 months was our journey to Poland, the place we visited historic places and produced some very distinctive episodes. That journey was truly one in every of our milestones on Patreon and we’re trying ahead to 2017.”


Wow. Hugs and high-fives (possibly even a couple of f*** yeahs) to all artists and creators whose artwork was correctly valued in 2016 — not solely those listed above. The tides are altering and we couldn’t be extra excited to play an element in supplying you with again the credit score and management you deserve along with your work. Cheers to a different unbelievable 12 months for makers forward.



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