Lately a number of startups like Patreon have popped up with donation models at their core. Public media organizations have long held pledge drives to tap into their listeners as sources of financial support. Now writers and other content creators are leveraging new resources to do the same thing.
The popularity of crowdfunding has paved the way for fans to compensate artists and authors in new ways. Tipping, not just to start a single project but along the way, is one avenue gaining particular traction.
“I find myself watching creators online and being moved to tears in some cases by their talent,” Conte said. “Until now there’s never really been a way to vindicate that feeling, never been a button you could press to compensate them in that moment.”