Hello loyal Cover Me reader!
Since 2007, we’ve published literally thousands of features and news posts about cover songs here. And as we’ve entered our second decade, Cover Me is more popular than its ever been. (Thank you so much for that, by the way.)
But there’s a catch: Having more readers doesn’t necessarily translate into making more money to pay the bills. Just the opposite. As any of you who follows the media business knows, the old display-ad model (those ad banners you see up top and on the side) doesn’t work well any more. To quote the song that gave us our name: “The times are tough now, just getting tougher.”
So we’re turning to you, our readers, to support the site directly via our brand-new Patreon!
If you’ve never used Patreon before, it’s simple. Patreon is basically a crowdfunding platform like Kickstarter or GoFundMe. The difference is, rather than a single donation towards one big goal, Patreon supports smaller monthly donations.
By supporting us with a small monthly donation, you will both keep the site going and get a bunch of cool patron-exclusive extras. We’re talking exclusive newsletters, playlists, downloads, polls, discussion groups and more. You can commission us to find and write about great covers of your favorite songs, or even get one of our musician friends to record a new cover of your choosing. You can also vote on upcoming feature ideas. Check out the full list of rewards at Patreon.
The Cover Me website will remain free for everyone, as it always has been, but all the new extras in that last paragraph will only be available for our Patreon supporters. The new revenues will help us pay our server bills – literally keeping the site online – pay our writers, fund a frankly long-overdue website redesign, and continue expanding with new features and even more of everything you already love.
Thank you for supporting Cover Me with your eyeballs and eardrums for all these years. We hope you’ll consider adding your purses and wallets to that list. It’s the next phase of Cover Me, and we hope you’ll join us.
– Ray Padgett, Founder