What the heck is SCEEN?
Some answers to some frequently asked questions

What is the cost to join as an artist?

It's free! All you have to do is create your artist account or claim an existing one, add your bank info securely through Stripe, and you're in.

What is the cost to join as a supporter?

Right now there are memberships for individuals and businesses. For individuals, it's just $10 per month - basically the cost of ticket to a local show. For businesses, it's $100 per month and we'll add you to the site and link to your webpage as a partner business that is committed to supporting local musicians.

Are there member perks besides supporting local artists?

No and yes. No because this won't really work if it's just another transaction. We have to collectively believe that music and art is important to our communities and put our money behind trying to help our favorite artists have a chance at making a living doing what they do.

But also yes, because the more SCEEN grows, the more opportunities we'll have to put on supporter-only shows, work with venues on access to shows, and we might find other cool ways to work with local businesses.

How does SCEEN make money?

For now, we take 20% of the pot each month to try to cover costs. The numbers you see that are paid to artists are actually what they get. We don't really know how much it will cost to cover all the transaction fees and maintenance costs, but the goal is to get 20% to be smaller. We'd also love to become a nonprofit in the future so that fee can be even smaller or non existent, but that's a headache we're not ready for quite yet (unless someone wants to help).

How do you split up the money each month?

Everything works on a basic points system to try to keep things fair. In short, the more time you play to more checked-in supporters, the more you get of the pot.

Here's an example: let's say there is a 3 band lineup - the two openers play for 30 minutes and the headliner plays for 60 minutes. Now let's say it's a big ticketed show and 500 people show up, and 100 of those people are SCEEN supporters and they check in. That would mean the two openers get 300 points (30 minutes x 100 check-ins) and the headliner would get 600 points.

At the end of the month, we add up all the points for all the artists and to see what percentage of the pot they get. In this example, if that was the only show that month and the pot had $1,000 in it, then the band with 600 points would get $500 and the other two would get $250.

Why was SCEEN created?

SCEEN was born out of years of working on different ways to help artists actually make a living rather than have a really expensive hobby. The big issue is that money has bleeding out of the music industry for decades, and instead of trying to charge more for things that are already basically free, we thought we try to giving local communities a way to put money in the pockets of artists purely because they believe music is an important part of our lives.

Why has no one done this before?

Because it's a pretty terrible idea for a business. But because it's becoming easier and cheaper to try new tech-enabled ideas, we thought we'd give it a shot and see what happened.

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