Free Music Archive Receives NEA Arts in Media Grant to Support "Re:Mix Media"

DATE: April 25, 2012
CONTACT:  Jason Sigal

Today, the National Endowment for the Arts announced that the Free Music Archive is one of 78 not-for-profit organizations across America to receive an NEA Arts in Media grant. The FMA is recommended for a $75,000 grant to support the Re:Mix Media Project.

Re:Mix Media is a series of three programs planned by the Free Music Archive to engage audiences in the appreciation, discussion, and creation of music and arts in the digital environment. Three programs will use the FMA's interactive platform to create multimedia art and provide access to those art works: 

  1. Re:imagine is a 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.

  2. Tracks to Sync is a monthly mix of music curated with the online video producer in mind. The blog series encourages healthy collaboration between media producers and artists through access to alternatively licensed music and educational resources.

  3. State of The Arts is a monthly program that intersects radio, blogs and live discussion to address applications of creativity involving music in the contemporary digital setting.

Chairman Landesman said, "While Americans across the country are experiencing art live and in person every day, NEA research has shown that more than half of American adults also consume the arts via electronic media. I am thrilled to announce these Arts in Media grants and look forward to the organizations' efforts to reach ever wider audiences and create innovative new works of art."

Free Music Archive's Managing Director, Jason Sigal, said, "The FMA is an interactive website that by its very nature encourages audience engagement. The Re:Mix Media Project will help us facilitate and enrich these interactions through programming that utilizes the full potential of the digital era. We are honored to receive the NEA's recommendation in the Arts in Media category, and look forward to working with you to Re:Mix Media."

The NEA received 329 eligible applications under the Arts in Media category, requesting more than $36 million in funding. Grant amounts range from $10,000 to $100,000 with an average grant amount of $45,513 and a median of $40,000. The Free Music Archive is among the 25 percent recommended for funding, a sign of organizational strength and creativity.

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 nearly 50,000 high-quality legal music downloads in all genres curated exclusively by established arts organizations including museums, artist coalitions, educational institutions, and radio stations. Unlike other websites which restrict access to their core content, the contents of the FMA library are predominantly licensed under the Creative Commons legal framework which unlocks the potential of digital distribution by pre-clearing use in blog posts, podcasts, and creative multimedia projects under a set of terms defined by the rights holders themselves. In its first few years online, the FMA has become a destination for musicians who wish to participate in the open sharing of their works, as well as for independent filmmakers, TV and radio producers, podcasters, journalists, and other artists who seek curated legal music in order to harness the potential of digital distribution for the creative arts.

For a complete listing of projects recommended for Arts in Media grant support, please visit the NEA website at arts.gov.

For press please contact the Free Music Archive here or call Jason Sigal at 201 521-1416 x243