I love every word of this. I think crowdfunding has become a joke.
There are times when it’s warranted. If someone has a medical condition and needs care, I’m in. Your kid wants to go to soccer camp. Nope.
I have friends who cut an album last year at Dave Grohl’s studio. It was their dream. They had worked 8 years for this chance. They are all from a small, working class town in Arizona where they have t least one “day job.” You can bet I donated to that crowdfunding because they make great music, they are my friends and I want to see them accomplish what they can. When the album debuted at #12 on the iTunes country charts, I felt proud to be part of it.
That said, I think Patreon pages are crap. I’m not giving my money to support someone’s mere existence. I work 40 hours a week and I write and I’m a single mom. Figure it out.