2014 should, in part, be remembered as the year that the Renaissance concept of patronage of the arts returned with a digtial twist. In an email to users, Patreon revealed that fans gave $10 million to musicians and other content creators in 2014 using its recurring donations platform. In 2013, the year that Patreon launched, donations were just $259,000. Patreon enables fans to give ongoing support to their favorite creators through recurring donations as small as $1 per month. It's all part of a movement that has seen an explosion in direct fan funding of musicians and other creators enabled...

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