The Petersens get creative during COVID-19 pandemic

Submitted to Branson Globe

Local award-winning American roots music band The Petersens has created a page on the online platform Patreon as a new way to stay connected with fans during the coronavirus pandemic.

Patreon allows fans to access exclusive content and interactions with artists by choosing one of five membership tiers. Each higher membership tier gives patrons all the benefits of the previous tiers plus new perks.

“We wanted to start a Patreon page for several months but never had time to create it between performing our shows in Branson and on the road and producing our YouTube videos,” said Ellen Peterson, director of marketing and band singer and banjo player. “Now that we cannot perform live for groups of people, it was the perfect opportunity for us to focus our efforts on connecting more with fans online.”

In addition to providing patrons exclusive content, Patreon allows The Petersens to set financial support goals that, when reached, unlock more exclusive content and experiences for their patrons.

When The Petersens reached their first two goals, they released a new video and learned a song of their patrons’ choice. They recently reached their third goal and will deliver on their promise to video Ellen yodeling for 1,000 seconds while siblings Katie, Matt and Julianne do backup dance moves.

“The goals are a really fun way for us to provide extra joy for our fans,” said Petersen. “We have patrons from all around the world we have been able to interact with on Patreon. It’s incredibly humbling that they believe in us enough to financially support us and encourage us during this time.”

The Petersen Band has toured throughout the United States, Canada and Ireland and is beginning its 10th season at the Little Opry Theatre, 3562 Shepherd of the hIlls Parkway in Branson and at Silver Dollar City.

Their Patreon page is at patreon.com/thepetersens. The group can also be contacted on its Facebook page, YouTube channel under “The Petersens,” Instagram under “petersenbluegrassband” and on Twitter @PetersenBand.

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