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“Love Good Music” Brings Patronage of the Arts Into the 21st Century

Elizabeth Reichert - published on 01/26/16

Music project promotes the good, true, and beautiful and seeks to bring it into the mainstream

Let’s reclaim the soundtrack of our culture.

I’m pretty sure the words of Augustine burst forth from my soul when I discovered the Love Good Music community: “O Beauty, ever ancient, ever new, late have I loved you!”

Whether or not I was actually that eloquent (or dramatic) in the moment, Augustine’s words perfectly encapsulate what Love Good Music is. Let me break it down for you:

O Beauty

Like Cecilia,Love Good Music believes in the now famous line penned by Dostoevsky: “Beauty will save the world.” In the words of founder Jimmy Mitchell, “There are the three transcendentals: goodness, truth and beauty. We live in an age where truth and goodness are rendered powerless, but at least we can find a common ground in beauty. It is a powerful tool in the new evangelization.”

Now more than ever we need beauty. In our world where goodness is often reduced to the politically correct and truth is sacrificed at the altar of relativism and scientific objectivism, beauty is like a divine spark, a light in the darkness. It speaks a unique language, capturing something of the mystery beyond what our senses perceive.

The mission of Love Good Music is, in short, beauty. Promote real art. Reach people with beautiful music.

Ever Ancient, Ever New

Love Good Music works on a patron system. It’s an ancient idea, as old as Western civilization. For centuries Catholics promoted art and culture by funding artists. Love Good Music brings this system into the 21st century.

Jimmy realized that many artists were already reaching out to people online using crowdfunding platforms to produce their albums. Why not take that crowdfunding basis and extend it to multiple artists at the same time?

Patronsagree to donate $10-$50/month (or more) to fund artists. In exchange, they get exclusive access to the artists’ albums months before they go public (more on that below).

And of course, the benefits for the artist go without saying. “Artists really have a vocation to serve beauty,” Jimmy says, “if those who believe in them don’t rally behind them then they are always going to be strapped to meet a deadline, to create a certain sound for a label. We want to let people be free in their craft.”

Late Have I Loved You!

If you’re like me, you’re probably thinking, Why haven’t I heard about this yet?! I’d heard of artists like Alanna Boudreau, Nick Fabian, Kevin Heiderand others but didn’t know Love Good Music was behind their albums. By being a patron, you get new music from your favorite artists before anyone else, and you will get to know other great artists across different genres that you might have otherwise missed.

As a patron, in addition to digital downloads from the artists, four times a year you will get a special delivery in the mail. In the words of some of the patrons, “It’s like Christmas morning!” Depending on your patronage plan, you will receive things like merchandise (coffee mugs, T-shirts, etc.), autographed EPs, vinyl records, extra CDs to share with friends and more.

So head on over to Love Good Music now and sign up! And don’t forget to share this article so that others can get behind this project too.

—Libby Reichert

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