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Freeculture.org Announces the Free Music Project and OLPC Curation

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Please check out the site and help contribute — http://freemusic.freeculture.org. We’re looking for free music from around the world and would love to have everyone’s help!

PRESS RELEASE — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: freemusic at freeculture.org
Elizabeth Stark, Freeculture.org
Tim Hwang, Antenna Alliance

FreeCulture.org Launches the Free Music Project

New website will let Internet users upload and share freely licensed music from all countries and genres

Cambridge, Massachusetts, March 2, 2007 — Freeculture.org announces the launch of a new website, http://freemusic.freeculture.org, dedicated to sharing great free music, encouraging artists to release music under free licenses, and providing access to recording and production time to artists releasing works under a free license. Users can upload music from their own computers or link to music on another website distributing freely licensed music. Songs uploaded can be streamed, downloaded and remixed into new creative works.

The Free Music Project will collect and record free music for children. Selected songs uploaded to the site will be included in the first music library shipping with laptops from One Laptop per Child (OLPC), a non-profit organization devoted to improving education that is producing low-cost, high-quality computers to distribute to children and teachers in the developing world.

“This is a groundbreaking opportunity to locate the best free music out there and share it with millions of people of all ages around the world,” said Elizabeth Stark, board member of Freeculture.org and founder of the Free Culture group at Harvard. “Freely licensing recordings allows artists to gain extremely valuable global exposure through projects such as OLPC.”

Freeculture.org will also work with creators and musicians to record and license songs for the project, in collaboration with the music recording project Antenna Alliance. The Free Music Project site will provide access to uploaded music, and includes community-oriented functionality such as tagging, forums, and ratings. “This project not only marks a milestone in the position of free music worldwide, but also opens a vast universe of possibilities for the development of an international community of artists and producers committed to free culture,” said Tim Hwang, President of Antenna Alliance.

For more information:

FreeCulture.org is an international organization that promotes the creation of a thriving cultural commons, in part by encouraging the use of free licenses by artists and creators. (http://www.freeculture.org)

Antenna Alliance is a Boston-based recording label that records, promotes, and distributes freely licensed music online and across a nationwide network of radio stations. (http://www.antalliance.org)

One Laptop per Child (OLPC) is a non-profit organization created by Nicholas Negroponte and other faculty members from the MIT Media Lab to design, manufacture, and distribute laptop computers that are sufficiently inexpensive to provide every child in the world with access to knowledge and tools for learning and exploration. (http://www.laptop.org)

Source: iCommons

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Written by syazli7

Sat, 3 Mar 2007 at 01:10:28 +0800

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