Amid growing economic uncertainties precipitated by the Coronavirus pandemic, Patreon has launched a new fund to bolster the livelihoods of creators — both on and off its platform.
The grant program, designed to offset the cancellation of live events worldwide — and thus the income that those events would generate for artists — is dubbed What The Fund. Creatives in need can apply for relief here until April 15. Patreon is also accepting donations for What The Fund right here.
And yesterday, Patreon hosted a so-called Weird Stream-A-Thon that raised over $30,000 for the fund, with all proceeds going to impacted artists, musicians, and other creators. Patreon said that during the telethon-style event, more than half of funds raised came from direct community donations. Noted names also got involved, including musician Amanda Palmer and author Neil Gaiman — both of whom donated $2,500 to the grant.
Weird Stream-A-Thon took place yesterday, hosted by Patreon co-founder and CEO Jack Conte. Patreon donated $10,000, plus an additional $1 for every attendee. The event featured live performances by Palmer, Raye Zaragoza, and Open Mike Eagle. There were also 20-second hand-washing segments with therapist Kati Morton, as well as appearances by hosts of the popular podcast 2 Black Girls 1 Rose, EpicLloyd of Epic Rap Battles, and Amanda McLoughlin — CEO of podcast collective Multitude.
You can check out a replay right here: