National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa announced today that WFMU’s Free Music Archive is one of 886 non-profit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Arts in Media grant. The FMA is recommended for a $75,000 grant to support the Re:Invent:Media Project.
The Free Music Archive (FMA) is a social website developed by WFMU with support from the New York State Music Fund and the MacArthur Foundation. The site is built around a publicly-accessible and rapidly-expanding digital library of over 70,000 high-quality legal music downloads in all genres curated exclusively by established arts organizations including museums, artist coalitions, educational institutions, and radio stations.
Re:Invent:Media is a four-part project that will broaden access to the FMA’s rich and diverse audio library, strengthen public understanding of music in the contemporary digital setting, and foster creativity through hands-on engagement with the arts:
Re:imagine will be our second series of themed multimedia contests and workshops to encourage hands-on engagement through the creation of new works inspired by Creative Commons and the public domain.
An Education Portal and instructional webinars will be developed on the FMA to help educators, audio producers, podcasters, filmmakers, and others navigate the complex rights issues associated with using and appropriating music in new creative projects.
Radio Free Culture is a weekly radio segment/podcast that will explore the changing landscape of music, the arts, and digital technology, as well as celebrate the transformative potential of the digital era.
Mobile Apps will be developed for both iOS and Android platforms, providing mobile and tablet users with full access to the audio works available on the FMA, as well as artist information and music discovery features.
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Hat Tip and Thanks: Matt R. Weaver