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How to Support the Artists You Love (Even If You’re Broke)

Contributed by Brandon Miles (label co-founder and frontman for All Around the Dinner Table). His new LP, From the Mouths of Shepherds, is now available on iTunes, or get a free four-song sampler from Noistrade! Brandon also hosts our free weekly podcast.

Brandon performing at a local Farmers Market. Photo by Travis Cox.
Brandon performing at a local Farmers Market. Photo by Travis Cox.

Being an artist is strange. It’s difficult to explain or talk about. Especially for the local, struggling artist. Not all struggling artists are depressed or even upset by the way. I’d say something cliche like, “We knew what we were signing up for,” except for the fact we never really signed up for anything. It’s just who we are.

If you put it down on paper, it wouldn’t make sense. Like being a farmer, if anyone knew how much work it took for so little payoff, they would immediately scrutinize (or even criticize) with the all-too-familiar, “Why do you do this again?” In fact, we have these conversations with our families and friends all the time. And sure, sometimes it’s a downer, but only if we let it be. Usually, we’re pretty excited about our ideas and plans, even if they don’t seem to make sense to most of the people around us.

But it does make sense to us. Deep inside. We can’t stop. We don’t want to stop. We’re addicts chasing the high of that first time we saw our art make a connection or impact with another person. Unfortunately, all too often, we see amazing artists lose sight of this and give up. Continue reading How to Support the Artists You Love (Even If You’re Broke)