So You Want Join Nerdsmith
IT’S OUR MISSION TO BUILD A FAMILY OF
FAN SUPPORTED, NERDY ENTERTAINMENT
…a platform that distributes digital entertainment.
…a community of creators and entertainers who promote each other’s work.
…a creator resource for music, branding, guests, advertising, and guidance.
…a positive environment where people encourage and motivate each other.
…run by a small “board of directors” who are also Nerdsmith creators.
…shared with all, generously supported by voluntary fan donations.
…NOT interested in owning the Intellectual Property of our shows and creators.
…NOT a media production company.
…NOT an investor.
Nerdsmith is a place for…
…caring and respectful people who are supportive of other creators’ successes. When one show on the network succeeds, we all benefit.
…creators who are motivated and self-sufficient. They have passion for their show ideas and can spearhead and produce them on a reliable schedule.
…existing shows and creators who are looking to expand and connect with their industry. They are passionate about making their art but don’t want to do so in a vacuum.
…artists and entertainers who don’t have a show of their own but want to use their technical, creative, or professional skills to help create great entertainment.
…creators who would want to be doing this even if they weren’t getting paid. We’re looking for passion projects and creators who are in it for the long haul.
PROVIDING FREE, QUALITY, NERDY ENTERTAINMENT.
SUPPORTING CREATORS IN REALIZING THEIR PASSIONS AND IDEAS.
PUTTING GOOD OUT INTO THE WORLD THROUGH ENTERTAINMENT AND CHARITY.
LEARNING FROM MISTAKES AND GROWING TOGETHER.
PROMOTING AND HIGHLIGHTING DIVERSE, CREATIVE VOICES.
INCLUSIVITY AND KINDNESS.
ANSWERS TO COMMON QUESTIONS
Who runs Nerdsmith?
Nerdsmith is run by a small board of “directors” who are also content creators.
Is Nerdsmith just for podcasts?
No. Nerdsmith is host to all sorts of content and creators! From musicians and streamers, to artists, and cosplayers, Nerdsmith is an eclectic community of creators curating a ton of nerdy content.
How do I get involved with Nerdsmith?
We are always looking for talented and/or passionate individuals who want to come on board to help out or bring their show to the network.
Step one is to go to the bottom of this page and click the button to put in an application. Choose the best option for you:
An Existing Show or Brand
This option is for people who want to bring their show or brand onto the network
A New Show Concept
This option is for people who have a concept for a show, but are looking for a little help getting the ball rolling. We can help get them connected to others who are looking to do the same as well as our Contributor network of artists, V/O artists, and other talented individuals.
My Skills and Passion
This option is for those who don’t have a show (or don’t want to be on one) but still want to help
I already have a Patreon, Ko-fi, Paypal, etc
That’s great! Nerdsmith doesn’t ask that you shut them down. We don’t even ask that you stop promoting them! Nerdsmith will NEVER restrict you in how you want to raise money to support your art.
With that said, we do ask that during our Subscription Drive (two weeks in April) that you refrain from promoting your other revenue streams in favor of Nerdsmith.
What am I required to do as a Creator?
Our goal is to take off some of the extra work that goes into creating a show so that you have more time to create. For the most part, all we ask is that our Creators do just that, create! We require at minimum one show per month on average, but we prefer more often.
We have a few other minor requirements such as sending us show numbers each month so we can track our progress, mentioning Nerdsmith during each of your shows, advertising for other shows on the network if they fit with your format and theme, and that you create special ‘Bonus Content’ twice a year as a thank you to our subscribers and donors.
What does Nerdsmith offer to their Creators?
The goal of Nerdsmith is to create a community where Creators can come together to learn and grow while building their brands. To help with this, Nerdsmith offers many services as time permits. These include music, branding, advertising, booking guests, and connecting Creators with others in the community.
Many times Creators will work together on projects to achieve more, or trade skills or services.
How much does Nerdsmith cost Creators?
Nerdsmith does not charge to be a part of our network. Our philosophy is that our content should be free to the world, and our services should be free to our Creators. If and when a show starts getting public support from our subscribers, we take a percentage of those donations to help pay for the time and costs that Nerdsmith has before sending the remainder along to the Creator.
How does Nerdsmith monetize Creator content?
The main way we monetize content is through subscriptions. Each subscriber can choose any number of shows to subscribe to with their donation. A portion of that donation is kept by Nerdsmith and the rest is split between the artists that the subscriber follows.
We also will work with you to create merchandise and get advertisers, but as we are still a fledgling network, these will be more down-the-road options
Who owns the rights to my Intellectual Property?
Creators own all the rights to the content they create. Nerdsmith will never look to own any portion of a Creator’s intellectual property. We only require limited, non-exclusive rights to distribute the show, create merchandise, and get setup advertising contracts.