Local award-winning American roots music band, The Petersens, has created a page on the online platform Patreon as a new way to stay connected with their fans during the coronavirus pandemic.

Patreon allows fans to access exclusive content and interactions with artists by choosing one of five membership tiers that start at only $3 per month. Each higher membership tier gives patrons all the benefits of the previous tiers plus new perks.

“We have wanted to start a Patreon page for several months but never had time to create it between performing our shows in Branson and on the road and producing our YouTube videos,” said Ellen Petersen, director of marketing and band singer and banjo player. “Now that we cannot perform live for groups of people, it was the perfect opportunity for us to focus our efforts on connecting more with fans online.”

In addition to providing patrons exclusive content, Patreon allows The Petersens to set financial support goals that, when reached, unlock more exclusive content and experiences for their patrons.

When The Petersens reached their first two goals, they released a new video and learned a song of their patrons’ choice. They recently reached their third goal and will deliver on their promise to video Ellen yodeling for 1,000 seconds while siblings Katie, Matt, and Julianne do backup dance moves.

“The goals are a really fun way for us to provide extra joy for our fans,” said Petersen. “We have patrons from all around the world who we have been able to interact with on Patreon. It’s incredibly humbling that they believe in us enough to financially support us and encourage us during this time.”

The Petersens’ Patreon page can be found at patreon.com/thepetersens. You can also find them on their Facebook page, YouTube channel, on Instagram under @petersenbluegrassband and on Twitter under @PetersenBand.

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