Become a Supporting Member

If you like this website and want to see it continue, please support us by purchasing a membership package.

That's the quick pitch, if you want the longer version you can jump below.

Patron Package

3per month
The Patron Package lets you support this website and our independence for pennies per day. Our goal is to respect our readers by not cramming advertising down your throat, posting clickbait, or cluttering up your experience with gimmicks and slow loading pages. We're never going to be the biggest website in the world, but we hope we can be your favorite. By becoming a patron you can directly help us continue on this journey.
Or $25 per year.

Community Package

5per month
The Community Package is built for our forum members that want to upgrade their accounts, get some extra benefits in the forums, and help support our website. Our community is tight-knit, ever growing, and built around a like-minded love for music. This is the only package that works best if you have one of our free forum accounts because many of the perks are powered through that username. Curious what those perks are or want to learn a little more about our Community Package? We've got answers. A Few of the Perks
Or $50 per year.

Platinum Package

9per month
Can you go above and beyond? Our Platinum Package is for the diehards. The readers that want to support this website and can take it to the next level. If you're a community member and a platinum subscriber you'll get all the same perks that come with the Community Package (please just let me know your username), plus my undying and forever adoring love.
Or $100 per year.

Community Without the PayPal

If you'd like to purchase a community package, but don't want to use PayPal or sign up through our forums, you can do that right here. If you end up signing up for the forums later (or already have an account), just send me your username and you'll get all the perks.

Gift a Membership

Have a friend you'd like to gift a Community Package to? Nothing says friendship quite like giving someone Dark Mode and knowing you're helping this website. After ordering make sure you email me with the username of the friend who gets to have their account upgraded. This is a one time purchase and does not renew.

Already a patron? Sign in to manage your account.

The Pitch

Making something and putting it out into the world is terrifying. Will anyone like this? Will anyone care? Will I be able to do this for a living? When I made the decision to create this website and write independently, I asked myself these questions over and over again. In a brief moment of clarity, I realized my bigger regret would be not reaching for my dream and taking the leap. That doesn’t mean I’m not scared shitless I’ll fail. But it does mean I’m willing to try.

Running Chorus.fm is my full-time job. I've been writing and publishing online for over 15 years and starting Chorus has been the most fulfilling and exciting work of my entire life — I want to keep doing it for as long as possible. When I first started AbsolutePunk.net the business model was I write, I sell some ads, and the money we made from ads was how I made a living. But publishing and the online landscape has changed a lot since then and we've moved into a world where online advertising sorta sucks. Most publications are chasing a pageview model that leads to gross advertisements taking over your entire screen, tracking you around the internet, and bloating up the pages you are trying to read. No one wins in that scenario. Instead, I want to be completely upfront with how we make money here. The first is through an ad system that respects our visitors while providing value to the advertiser. The second is through direct support from our readers.

I firmly believe that if you love something and want it to continue, the best way is to help support it. I want to keep writing about music, technology, pop-culture and, hopefully, you want to keep reading what we put out. To make that happen we have put together a way for you to directly support this website by becoming a patron. Your support allows us to keep existing. Compared to the entire internet we're a small website, and instead of aiming to be the biggest website, we want to be your favorite. And we believe that if we can find a group of dedicated readers that love what we do and want to visit us on a regular basis, and a percentage of those readers help support us, we can keep doing it indefinitely. That means if we get enough support from our readers we don't have to worry about advertising. We're not interested in chasing pageviews and clickbait. And we're never going to compete with Facebook or Google either. Instead we can focus on producing the best content for you to read and the best community for you to participate in. We will never fill up the pages with ads, or slow down the pages with javascript and trackers, instead we can focus on what we do best: writing about things that we're passionate about.

I want to always be completely upfront with everyone about how we make money and what our goals are. Right now, we are about one-third of the way to being sustained completely by reader support. Our goal is to pass over the three-quarters mark by the end of 2017. With your help we can be completely self-sustained not long after that. But, we need your help to get there. We've put together a few tiers of annual support that range from basically pennies per day to going above and beyond. Most of the packages can be purchased on this page in under a minute using a credit card (or even faster using Apple Pay) and all of your information is completely private and we will never share it with anyone. If you're a community member we have a special Community Package that is attached to that username and comes with a few other perks.

Here's what it all boils down to: I love running this website and what we're building, and I'm committed to making the best website I possibly can for as long as I can. I'd love your help and support on this journey.

As always, thanks for reading and thanks for your support. If you have any questions at all please reach out to me via email or Twitter.

F.A.Q

How do I manage my membership?

Sign in to manage your membership account. You can update your email address, password, credit card information, and make changes to your membership plan. If you've signed up for a Community Package through our forums, you can manage those options via your forum control panel.

When does my membership renew?

Your membership will renew one year from the date you purchased (unless you've signed up for the monthly option). An email will be sent a few days before renewal to remind you about the upcoming charge, or you can turn off auto renew under your subscription tab.

Can I sign up for a Community Package via this page instead of using PayPal in the forums?

Yes. You can purchase a Community Package right here. Please email me your username once you've purchased and I'll make sure your forum account gets updated with all the new perks.

Is there a monthly option available for the Community Package?

Yes. There's a $5 per month option available via the forums or right here if you don't want to use PayPal. Please email me with your username if you purchase this package from this page.

I signed up, but then I joined the forums, can I upgrade to the community package?

Of course. You can easily upgrade your membership to a Community Package (or Platinum Package) and after you've upgraded, just email me with your forum username and I will make sure your account gets upgraded. If you're already a Platinum Package supporter and you join our forums later please email me your username and I'll make sure your account gets updated as well.

Where does the money go?

Chorus.fm is an independent organization and running this website is my full-time job. Writing and managing the content, designing the website and forums, and keeping them all online and updated is how I make a living. I do various consulting work on the side, but most of my time and energy goes into this website. It's everything to me. First and foremost the money goes to paying for the website to function and stay online. Hosting and bandwidth fees, various software services, and a few back-up options get paid first. After that, the business pays a percentage to our contributors and the rest is how I pay the bills and put clothes on my body and food in my belly.

Without dedicated readers like you, and your support, we couldn't exist.

Is payment secure?

Yes. All payments on this page are processed via Stripe, an industry leading payment processor. The Community Package sold through our forums uses PayPal. Your email address and personal information will never be given to anyone for any purpose and we do not store your payment information anywhere on our servers.

What payment options do I have?

Stripe can take any major credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, JCB) and we also accept Apple Pay. PayPal is accepted for our Community Package.

I'd like to gift multiple memberships, how can I do that?

If you'd like to gift more than one membership, please email me and we can get that taken care of.

Can I just send you some beer money?

Of course! I'll never say no to beer money. You can easily send any amount via Square Cash.

What are some of the forum perks that come with a Community Package?

Our Community Package is the only supporter package where we recommend you have a free forum account before you purchase the upgrade. We use this account to give you some bonus perks that are tied to your username. If you have already purchased another package, and want to upgrade to the Community Package, you can do so here and then email me your username.

Community Package members get the following forum perks:

  • Supporter Badge: You’ll get a special blue “supporter” badge that will display on all of your posts, profile, and mini-profile.
  • Supporter Forum: You’ll get access to a special forum just for supporters. This section can be a nice getaway from the the busier portions of the forum and provide a place to chat with other website supporters. We’ve got special supporter only threads created for sports, politics, sharing music recommendations, playlists, discussing the latest podcast episodes with the hosts, and much more. This forum is also where I’ll post special announcements first — like limited merch runs, music rumors I hear, and things like that.
  • First Listen Blogs: On a semi-regular basis I do "first listen" blogs in the supporter forum. This is where I'll listen to an album, usually before its release day and usually during one of the first few times I've heard it, and I'll live blog my thoughts on the songs and answer questions from readers about the music.
  • Dark Mode: Supporters have access to a special dark mode theme that lets you browse the forums with a black and slate color scheme.
  • Special Access to Me: I know it’s a little weird, but, I really want to be able to build up a special relationship with those that are helping support this website. You are the reason the website exists and this is one way I can say thank you. I’ll be participating in the supporters forum on a near daily basis: answering questions, sharing stories, doing Q&As, sharing product and story recommendations, and all sorts of stuff. While the main website is where I’ll be focusing most of my writing — this is where I’ll be participating most in the discussions. I want anyone that has questions for me, or really wants to get my attention about a specific topic, to be able to have a place where we can have a detailed back and forth discussion. This forum is where I’ll want to bounce article ideas off people, talk out crazy rumors about bands, and things like that.
  • No Ads in the Forums: Regular members see sponsored advertisement posts in threads. This is one way we pay to keep running the forum. However, if you’re a supporting member — those ads won’t show up.
  • Cover Photos: Being a supporter gets your profile access to cover photo images.
  • Encore Perks: Supporters get early access to episodes of our podcast, Encore, usually the night before they go live on the website. We will also let supporters know about early access to merch runs, record special supporter only episodes, and hosts will participate in Q&As in the supporter thread.
  • Unlimited Conversation Participants: Our private conversation system is a great way to chat, privately, with a few select friends on the website. Regular members can create private groups with a max of 8 participants, supporters have the ability to create private conversation groups with unlimited participants.
  • Good Karma: A big part of being a member is knowing that you’re helping to power this website and supporting its continued existence.
  • Other Things I Think Of: As I come up with other ideas to enhance the membership program (and I have quite a few), current members will automatically be included in on those as well.

Like what you see? Upgrade your account right now through the forums (there are yearly and monthly options available). Or you can upgrade right here (for the yearly package) or right here (for the monthly package) if you don't want to use PayPal. If you purchase from this page please send me your username to make sure you get all the forum perks.