Innovating Music Podcast
Welcome to the last episode of the four-year-old UCLA’s Innovating Music podcast. You can enjoy 70 episodes where you can listen to innovators, change agents, entrepreneurs, creators, and researchers who all are making big leaps, nudging change, creating differently, or watching what is happening from a unique POV. Dr. Gigi Johnson from the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music explored with our guests how tech is transforming how we create, collaborate, and create communities around music in a connected age — in our home towns and in communities across the globe.
Enjoy this final episode where Jack Conte blends the worlds of music creation (Pomplamoose and the funk band Scary Pockets) and solving creators’ problems with systems (crowdfunding and community with Patreon). He shares how he balances (or doesn’t balance at times) creating music with running a large tech business. He also shares what he has learned, how his companies have shifted with the work-from-home world shift, and how he has changed/staffed his own creative processes in this distributed era. His career journey has been an interesting mingling of music and science/technology, all the way back to his science teacher who got him interested (who he still connected with monthly over Costco pizza).
Guest: Jack Conte, CEO and Co-Founder, Patreon; band member, Pomplamoose and Scary Pockets
Jack Conte is a musician, filmmaker, half of band Pomplamoose and Scary Pockets, and a co-founder at Patreon, a membership platform that makes it easy for creators to earn salaries directly from their biggest fans. Patreon was founded in 2013, and was on track to pay out more than $500 million to creators in 2019 alone.
As a musician and filmmaker, Jack spent his days in a converted dog kennel-turned-recording studio in Sonoma County, making YouTube videos that have amassed over 120 million views. Now, he’s in full-time CEO mode at Patreon HQ in San Francisco where the company is paying millions of dollars to creators every month around the world. Jack also loves working with robots.
- Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/creator-home
- Patreon Twitter: https://twitter.com/Patreon
- Pomplamoose: https://www.pomplamoose.com/
- YouTube – Pomplamoose – https://www.youtube.com/user/PomplamooseMusic
- Scary Pockets: https://www.facebook.com/scarypockets/
- Personal: http://www.jackcontemusic.com/
- YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/jackcontemusic
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JackConteMusic
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/jackconte
- IG: https://www.instagram.com/jackconte/