The Clubhouse social audio app will allow all users to pay other creators starting Monday. This is the first monetization tool built right into the app. Clubhouse says it won't accept a cut in payments, meaning creators get whatever someone sends them. Not everyone will be able to receive payments just yet, though; which will be rolling out in waves, "starting with a small test group," Clubhouse says.
To pay a Clubhouse creator who can receive payments, click on their profile, then click on the "Send Money" button, and then choose how much you send them. You will also have to pay a "small card processing fee" that goes to Stripe, which is Clubhouse's payment processing partner. The first time you try to pay someone, Clubhouse will ask you to add a credit or debit card.
The news of the direct payments comes weeks after Clubhouse announced its first creator accelerator program, Clubhouse Creator First, which will host 20 aspiring hosts and creators to help them build their audience and monetize their shows.
The accelerator and new direct payments could give creators more incentive to stay on Clubhouse instead of jumping on one of the many other social media platforms that have copied the Clubhouse social audio format. Right now, Clubhouse is only available on iOS as an invitation-only app, although an Android version is in the works.