Patreon is the go-to platform for creators hoping to receive funds directly from their audiences. Artists use the site to raise money for a variety of projects. The idea is simple: let patrons pay their favorite creators for exclusive content. In 2017, 1 million members raised more than $150 million from roughly 50,000 benefactors. To help artists grow, Patreon released new tools last year, including a CRM dashboard and the ability to stream live video exclusively to patrons. (It also, smartly, ditched a plan to tack a processing fee onto each pledge after artists protested the idea.) In a world where it's hard to find a meaningful income without selling your soul, Patreon helps creators find their audience and make real money. In 2018 Patreon added new features to help creators manage and track what they deliver to patrons, plus share exclusive content and communicate with their patrons more effectively.