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Instagram and Snapchat don't pay. Patreon does and it's growing like crazy.

There's money in those grainy homemade podcasts. Patreon, a platform where DIY creators can crowdsource financial sponsors or subscribers, said Thursday that it's doubled in size in the past year. It now boasts 1 million active backers and 50,000 creators — twice the number of each it had in May of last year. The platform — named for the wealthy aristocrats who funded Renaissance artists — has attracted a growing community of podcasters, artists, writers, and game developers looking for an alternative to the scale-hungry world of advertising-supported media.
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