Will you join other fans and become a patron?
I have started a Patreon page (patreon.com/pollypaulusma) where, from January 2020, I will be posting a weekly video diary and streaming a monthly live gig for patrons, content not available to view anywhere else.
What is Patreon?
Patreon is an online platform which enables people to offer continued support to their favourite artists and creators for a small monthly contribution (typically $5), in return for content not available anywhere else. If enough people put a few pennies or cents in the hat each month, their collective power enables an artist to devote their life to their art.
How do I become a patron?
Visit my Patreon page (patreon.com/pollypaulusma), and click the orange button ‘Become a patron’ to sign up. In return, you’ll get access to a weekly video diary charting my creative life, a live-streaming monthly gig from my shed, and, if you’re not already subscribed, a new song a month as part of the ‘Pivot’ slow album project.
How to join ‘Pivot’:
- Either be a subscriber
- Or be a patron
Be a subscriber:
For £10, you can get all the songs from the project so far, and a new song emailed to you on the 1st of every month until December 2020. Send your one-off contribution from your Paypal account — select ‘Tools’ > ‘Send’ and send £10 (or more if you wish!) to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Provide me with your preferred email address (you can gift this to someone else if you want), and I’ll sign you up.
Be a patron:
For $5 a month, you can get all the songs from the project so far, a new song emailed to you on the 1st of every month until December 2020, PLUS access to an exclusive weekly video AND a monthly live-streamed gig! Woah! Sign up to support me at patreon.com/pollypaulusma.
What ‘Pivot’ is all about:
- ‘Pivot’ is short for ‘The Pivot Round Which The World Turns’.
- I’m releasing a song a month across two years (24 songs in all). I started in January 2019 but it’s not too late to join the club: I just catch you up.
- I will email you a new song on the 1st of every month. You can choose to download the song from a selection of formats, from WAV (if disk space is no issue) to MP3 (if you need something a little smaller).
- These songs — which examine our daily pivoting roles as child, parent, lover, friend, grandchild, grandparent, and everything in between — are the product of the last six years and contain songs cowritten with Kathryn Williams, Tom McRae, Astrid Williamson, Danny Wilson, David Ford, Martin Carr, Laura Jessica Barnett and Mark Davies Markham.
- They will not be made public until 2021. They are not on Youtube or Spotify or any of the streaming services. The only way you can hear them is to be a subscriber or patron.
I have just been asked to play a set at the Cambridge Folk Festival. Last time I was there was 2012 (see photo) — now I’m working on a trad folk album it seems like the perfect place to be playing this summer. I’ll be in the Club Tent for a 20 minute set at 1.50pm on Sunday, 5 August. For tickets and more information click here.
On International Women’s Day, I will be taking to the small stage at the beautiful Bloomsbury Theatre in central London (very close to the British Library) with my sister-in-song Edwina Hayes (www.edwinahayes.co.uk) to sing old songs and new, laugh a lot, and possibly cry a bit too — probably with laughter, knowing Edwina. I do hope you can join us….
Tickets and more information are available here.