The #FreeMusicArchive is facing a funding crisis, and at this point, will be shutting down on Dec 1. If you, or your organisation, can help keep the #FMA alive, please contact them today! While their full collection and an archive of the site will be available on #Archive.org, it would be a real shame if the live site, and its community of curators, was lost to the web: http://freemusicarchive.org/member/cheyenne_h/blog/Big_Changes_Ahead_for_FMA
Why are online institutions like the Free Music Archive important? Because they are (ideally) an enduring public record of the work created by musicians who choose a more permissive style of copyright licensing for a wide range of reasons, and often with a level of commercial success that some people may find surprising:
@musicman I don't remember seeing anything that suggested the FMA was in trouble. I guess I wasn't looking in the right place at the right time. Information overload remains a serious problem, and one that the fediverse, for all its good features, does very little to solve. If I had, this is a problem I would have put some serious time into. The latest blog posts suggest FMA folksare talking to some people that might be able to help them keep the wolves from the door, at least in the short term.
@lnxw48a1 @musicman I hear your frustration. But from an audience POV, it's so hard to decide where to put the $5 a week we can afford into. I really want there to be an organisation I can put that $5 a week into, on an automatic payment, and encourage everyone else who supports libre commons to do the same. Then either a committee gives out funding from that pool, or we have a co-budgeting process where everyone putting in decides together how to disburse it.
@musicman you may have been ahead of your time. It happens. I remember describing something resembling the #fediverse to my colleagues in Indymedia back in the early 2000s, as a more resilient alternative to centralized sites whose servers could be seized by authorities. I also remember describing something resembling what is now called "cloud hosting", as another way to avoid that, well before that became an industry norm.
> It may be that having a global organization just isn't going to work
I suspect not. I mean, we don't have a single, global collecting society for all works covered by #ARR copyright, including proprietary software. Each country and each industry has come up with its own solutions; collecting societies, licensing etc.
@musicman one thing that would definitely help is a trustworthy global organization putting together some research on the various projects already out there attempting to help commons projects collect money; all the crowdfunding and micro-patronage sites, and 'buy me a coffee' systems, and so. From both an audience and creator POV, there are so many platforms it's very hard to know which ones are trustworthy, let alone effective. I blogged about this recently:
@musicman fair enough, thanks for the contact info.
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