cheyenne_h (FMA Admin)

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Current ringleader at FMA; itinerant blogger and zine writer; karaoke superstar

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cheyenne_h on 04/25/2017 at 01:29PM

All Ages: Kid-Friendly Music on FMA

A selection of albums from Kazoomzoom, a netlabel for kids.

The FMA's Terms of Use indicate that the intended audience for our archive is anyone 13 or older, but there are tracks on FMA appropriate for listeners of any age. But how to find them??

Lots of music on our site is available for use in noncommercial, educational contexts, so it's no surprise that teachers come looking for music they can use in student projects and for general classroom use. (Psst - if you're an educator with questions, check out our special FAQ, just for you!) But looking for audio that's safe for non-commercial use doesn't always return the most kid-friendly results. 

There's the netlabel for kids, Kazoomzoom, has been with FMA for years, and releases with names like "The Ambient Baby" -- but we wanted to make a better, easier way for parents and teachers to find music they could use.

Our best solution to this was to incorporate a new genre tag, "Kid-friendly," which collects all music that is either by kids, for kids, or both! If you cruise around this page, you'll find all sorts of stuff - songs about pants that try to ride a bike on their own, pirate songs, bouncy chiptunes, and much more! However, some of these songs may have lyrics or themes that are intended for specific ages within the kid-friendly range - so we ask that parents and educators still preview the music before sharing it with a younger audience. 

Are you a parent or educator looking for instrumentals? Try Podington Bear's short & catchy CC BY-NC instrumental treasure trove (and it's safe for use in video!) or the fabulous collection of classical music from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Do you make music for kids and want to add yours to the collection? Get in touch or comment below!

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cheyenne_h on 03/29/2017 at 08:27PM

New Curator Spotlight: Commune Oreille

Commune Oreille's logo.

If you've been paying attention to the recently added music to our little website, you've probably noticed a few new curators popping up in the results. One of these noteworthy newcomers is Commune Oreille. Some curators are actual radio stations, but this one is a radio show affiliated with Radio Zinzine.

Commune Oreille is also a collective that organizes live performances in a small town in southern France, Forcalquier. Some of the live recordings found in their curator area are from these concerts.

With a focus on free music and frequent live guests, they're off to a great start. So far, more than 150 songs have been added to FMA by Commune Oreille, and we're looking forward to much more!

Though many curators have an identifiable, genred focus, Commune Oreille's collection spans a variety of musical styles. Angry noise-rockers SEC, twee indie-punks Mega Gem, chiptune composers 1UP Collectif, beatmaster Panda Dub and accordion-fueled post rockers Dure Mere are just a few of the fresh sounds you can explore! To make it a little easier on you, they've put together a playlist of highlights to enjoy, but don't let that stop you from diving in to their full catalog.

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on 03/28/2017 at 07:29AM
Thanks for featuring those mixes Cheyenne! I'll try to regularly post more mixes and blogs on FMA, when my schedule allows me to. Cheers!
Simon Mathewson
on 09/13/2016 at 06:04AM
Hi Cheyenne, I made a mix: simon_mathewson
on 05/19/2016 at 02:21PM
Thank you for letting me know how to contact the artist and thanks for all the great music on this site!
on 12/05/2015 at 01:39PM
Hello! Nice to meet you!
on 10/16/2015 at 07:27PM
Thanks for the heads up on third party notices...appreciated!
Babe Parade Music
on 10/03/2015 at 09:38AM
Hey Cheyenne, Thanks for helping us promote our music on FMA! You can also check out our music on spotify:
on 06/15/2015 at 03:43PM
Hi Cheyenne, thanks for your support to the independant music community ! And for the interview about the netlabel day as well ;) Nicolas
on 04/21/2015 at 07:02PM
Hello! I have a few questions regarding the UNREEL Trailers - can you contact me please, Thanks so much
on 03/06/2015 at 07:28PM
You are breathing new life into the FMA! You are a hero! Keep up the good work, Cheyenne! Yay!
on 02/15/2015 at 10:41PM
Great work
Jaan Patterson
on 12/03/2014 at 07:10PM
d/eaR Cheyenne! Glad to meet you at last here within the most powerful source for CC music and beyond! Much Love for you & youRs, jaan
on 12/01/2014 at 04:16AM
Hello Cheyenne - Simply wanted to say hi. Loving the fact that Radio Free Culture is back. All the best to you in your new position with the FMA!
on 10/03/2014 at 10:20AM
Hey Cheyenne, welcome! I'm a WKU alum, had a show on WWHR Aron's ago (before it was FM) and was in a local BG band that got played on it. So, lots of love for KY and the BG scene. So glad you're on board the mighty FMA. specksnyder
Jared C. Balogh
on 10/02/2014 at 08:26PM
Hello! Nice to meet you!
on 10/01/2014 at 11:04PM