I’m putting this in helpdesk as there are a couple of elements that fit…
With the talk of funding, renewal, etc. I was thinking, I don’t think I’ve ever contributed financially (bar maybe some credits). More so, I get a little confused over the different payments and forms of support.
I wanted to bundle these experiences together though as they broadly fall under the issue of further funding the project. Also, I believe, from listening to other conversations, that much of this is already known and being considered, but I couldn’t find clarity on this in the forums so again, putting this in one place, might help?
So experience and questions…
1 - Supporter Shares
I just bought some. The links to do so were pretty straightforward. Stripe worked fine and I have an email receipt/acknowledgement.
I did stumble around to find the right bit (under edit profile) to see if my supporter shares had registered. It hasn’t updated immediately. Maybe there are background processes at work. Maybe they are quick processes, maybe slow. I’m sure this is all fine but more immediate representation of my shares would be preferable. If doable quickly, it might look better for the further shares we’re looking to sell right now.
Finally, I bought €10. From my profile and on opencollective, it says €10 is the minimum. Here - Support - Resonate - it says €25.
2 - Streaming credits
This worked fine and simple, my credits got added immediately, stripe worked fine too.
Only slight niggle, I use a password manager (Bitwarden) and have my credit card details in there. When I tried to autofill, the card entry pop-over disappeared. Copy/paste line by line worked fine though.
3 - Membership
So I think I’m a member. Initially by adding my music as both artist and label. I’m also volunteering so a ‘worker’. My membership status is unclear to me though and I’m not sure where to find out (other by reading membership policy and conceptually applying to myself)?
If I click ‘become a member’ it tells me it’s for listeners and that, as a label/artist I’m covered by uploading music. This is probably as much to do with id credentials and multiple accounts (several artist accounts, a label account, and a uploader account) but my ‘label’ account is also my ‘listener’ account and so I’m a little confused.
This is probably an edge case so not worth wasting time on now, plus hopefully helped by in-process work on migrating logins/identity but, perhaps a niggle that others might encounter during a push for increased memberships, renewals, etc.
Here - Support - Resonate - it says €5 annually, elsewhere (such as open collective and I know it was recently voted on and ratified) it’s €10.
4 - Open Collective
I just paid membership via open collective. Worked smoothly and painlessly.
I made sure to use the same email I use for my label/listener account. Does this make me a double-member (not a real thing)? Does this break anything?
Are there any advantages or disadvantages to this? Maybe I would have been better channelling my €10 into additional supporter shares?
Anyway, that’s all for now. If there’s anything here that helps streamline payments throughout the funding drive, take it and run with it. Anything else, don’t let any of this be a distraction.