WFMU Has Launched The Free Music Archive: What That Means?

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NYC Area Radio Station WFMU along with affiliates KEXP, dublab, KBOO, ISSUE Project Room, Halas.am, PhoningItIn, and CASH Music have launched the Free Music Archive. The idea of the site is: you assign a Creative Commons Licence to your music in order to promote your music with the theory that free downloads will increase sales by introducing listeners to music they wouldn’t otherwise discover. This is big news for people who work with samples in their music, Podcasters, Radio DJs, To explain the idea behind the site further, I offer you my awesome copy and paste skills:

“Radio has always offered the public free access to new music. The Free
Music Archive is a continuation of that purpose, designed for the age
of the internet… Every mp3 you discover on The Free Music Archive is pre-cleared for
certain types of uses that would otherwise be prohibited by outdated
copyright law.  Are you a podcaster looking for pod-safe audio? A radio
or video producer searching for instrumental bed music that won’t put
your audience to sleep?  A remix artist looking for pre-cleared
samples? Or are you simply looking for some new sounds to add to your
next playlist?Inspired by Creative Commons and the open source software movement, the
FMA provides a legal and technological framework for curators, artists,
and listeners to harness the potential of music sharing. Every artist
page will have a bio and links to the artists’ home page for users to
learn more about the music they discover via the Free Music Archive. We
also seek to compensate artists directly. Artist, album and song
profiles will contain links to buy the full album from the artist
and/or label’s preferred vendor(s).  Users can also “tip” an artist if
they like what they hear, sending a donation directly to the artists’
PayPal account.  Artist profiles include tourdates, encouraging users
to step away from the glowing computer screen and see some real live
music.”

For more details as to what this can mean head to the jump.


For those of you musicians who have thought the Major Labels have had it all wrong and that the Long Tail Free Music Movements are what the future holds, this is your chance to put your music where your mouth is. You will now be able to easily promote your music and put your beliefs into work. Simply sign up here. If your curiosity is piqued, check out this interview with the always smart and insightful, Ken Freedman of WFMU, explaining the ideas behind this movement and the FMA.

Tip via WFMU and Alex Stills of the awesome The Walk Ons

Jesse Cannon is the editor of Musformation. He produces records at his studio Cannon Found Soundation. Follow him on Twitter at @JesseCannonMusF. For more info please visit his website.