Hi everyone! Thank you for listening to our podcast. As the new year starts, we are going to be making a few changes to our Patreon program. This change will help balance the benefits we provide to our donors and also to our podcast team, who work tremendously hard to bring you great podcast content.
These changes will be effective on March 1, 2020. The following chart below will explain in detail what these changes will entail, down to each type of episode we produce and how many songs or how long you will be able to hear each of these types of episodes, depending on your level of support, including those who listen to us for free currently.
Most of these changes will affect donors who are in the current “Premium” category and are paying currently $1-9 a month. This tier will continue but a new tier will be created in between to offer continued great benefits, called the “Premium Star” tier and will be for donors who support us $5-9 a month. This includes a BONUS top 10 episode once every other month! There will also be changes related to the number of songs that our free listeners will receive in episodes and access to past episodes. If you have any questions, please feel free to message us on our social media pages or email us at email@example.com.
We will also be starting our listener appreciation months, starting in the month April of 2020! This means our highest tier of Patreon episodes will be released to everyone during that month, to enjoy some of the benefits that are exclusive to our Patreon donors. Stayed tuned for more details as we move closer to April!
Thank you again for your support with our podcast!
Happy New Year (*and new decade) on behalf of the Japan Top 10 team!
episode type or benefits
Access to Episode 200+ and new ones
Artist of the Month Episodes
Top 10 Episodes
Specially Themed Episodes
Cultures/Indie Artist Interview Episodes
Top 20 Episodes
Access to a BONUS top 10 once every other month
No announcement/ads in the episode
Song List in the description of the episode
Access to episodes before the 200th
Make Song Requests
Gifts for maintaining donation status
Make Artist of the Month, Cultures or Specially themed episode suggestions
Access to our podcast scripts in our podcast (Behind the scenes)
Special handwritten Thank you Note for previous Patreon “Premium” donors when upgrading
for all public listeners
10 songs (with indie extras)
First 15 minutes of the episode
First 10 songs
Premium Base Level
10 songs (with indie extras)
Full episode with NO ads and announcements
First 10 songs
Premium Star level
10 songs + 3 extra songs
First 15 songs
Without 3 extra songs
starts at 9 months of continous support+
Premium Platinum level
10 songs + 3 extra songs
Includes 3 extra songs
starts at 3 months of continous support++
*- Although free and Premium Base listeners can make song requests, they won’t be able to hear their song requests unless they are a Premium Star or Premium Platinum donor because the song requests are placed in the extra’s category in the monthly top 10 episodes and only Premium Star and Premium Platinum donors will have access to those songs.
^- Offer will apply to previous Patreon “Premium” donors who upgrade to the Premium Star or Premium Platinum tiers from March 1, 2020 til the end on June 30, 2020. Previous Patreon “Premium” donors are defined as ones who have joined prior to February 1, 2020. Handwritten note is delivered via letter mail and to donors who provide a mailing address only.
+- Gifts offered to Premium Star donors will vary. After receiving the 9 month donation gift, donors will be able to receive another gift after 18 months of continued donation support and then at 24 months. After receiving the 24 month gift, donors will continue to be offered a gift once every 24 months of continued donation support.
++- Gifts offered to Premium Platinum donors will vary, but donors will be given a selection of gifts to choose from. After receiving the 3 month donation gift, donors will be able to receive another gift after 6 months of continued donation support and then at 12 months. After receiving the 12 month gift, donors will continue to be offered a gift once every 12 months of continued donation support.
Please note: The first bonus top 10 episode will released in the end of April 2020 and will be released once every other month from thereon.
FAQ about transition to new Patreon tiers
A: Yes you will have access to prior to episodes on the podcast, from when we transitioned into our Patreon program along with episodes before the 200th. These episodes, however, will not have the current Premium Star benefits; these episodes would have benefits that was given to our previous Premium tier leveled donors. If there are any missing episodes between these periods, please see our main feed on the third party app you were using to listen to our podcast for free.
A: Yes, they will. If you were a previous Premium Plus or a current Premium Platinum donor and decided to move to our new Premium Star level, your gift cycle will reset. Same goes if you were in the previous Premium or a current Premium Star/Base donor and then upgrade to the Premium Platinum tier. Please note, Premium Base donors do not receive gifts from us.
A: No, it will not. We will continue your gift cycle from the previous Premium Plus tier to the new Premium Platinum tiered gifts.
A: Yes and no, depending on what tier you were on. If you were a Premium tier donor and did not upgrade your support, you will be moved to our new Premium Base tier, which will have changes to number of songs on our episodes. However, as a Premium Base donor, you will still get full access to previous episodes before the 200th, full version of our Cultures/Indie Artist Interview episodes and a song list listed in the description of our episodes. If you were a previous Premium Plus donor, you will notice pretty much no changes to what you previously received; if anything, you are now getting an exclusive bonus top 10 episode once every other month.
A: The main benefits, summarized are:
Premium Base- access to the full version of our Cultures/Indie Artist Interview episodes, access to episodes before the 200th & song list in the description of the episode
Premium Star- all of Premium Base benefits + no announcements/ads in episodes, more songs in our episodes, gifts for ongoing support and access to a bonus top 10 episode released once every other month
Premium Platinum- all of Premium Base and Star benefits + access to our episode scripts, make special/Cultures/artist of month episode suggestions, even more songs in our music focused episodes (an average of 3-4 songs more), earlier access to our gifts
Please see our chart for further details about each tier’s exact benefits.
A: For the most part, no. The only change is a reduction of one song on Artist of the month and specially themed episodes (to a total of 4 songs on these episodes). All other episodes will be aligned to what free listeners previously received on our podcast.
A: We have conducted research to indicate that the benefits between the previous Premium tier and Premium Plus tiers do not align well with other podcasts that have Patreon donation tiers. Aside from this, our team wants to ensure that the level of support provided from our listeners matches the workload they produce for the podcast. We understand that some of listeners will not be content about these changes, but for the reasons mentioned, we had to make these changes to continue to produce amazing podcast episodes for our listeners.