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cheyenne_h on 11/05/2018 at 11:28AM

Big Changes Ahead for FMA

We regret to inform you that due to a funding shortage, the FMA will be closing down later this month. The future of the archive is uncertain, but we have done everything we can to ensure that our files will not disappear from the web forever. The full audio collection will be backed up and available at https://archive.org/details/freemusicarchive (some of the collection is already there; feel free to go browse).

We are also partnering with Archive-It to preserve a current copy of the site's public pages in the Wayback Machine. FMA audio will also be added to the Creative Commons project CC Search, a search engine for the Commons, later in 2019.

The site may go down as early as November 9th, so now's the time to download your playlists, favorite songs, and do whatever personal archiving you need.

Want to help us preserve the FMA or make your own custom FMA collection? You have two good options:

1) Go to https://webrecorder.io/, make a free account and record some browsing sessions. You can save pages, search results, and much more using this tool (I've already done some serious browsing & recording - check out my collections here). If you want to share your sessions with us, we can compile a crowdsourced repository. The site may go down at the end of this week, so if you are going to do this, please do it soon.

2) Go to the Wayback Machine homepage and plug in the URLs you want to save. These are then archived for the public to use. There are browser extensions for Chrome and Firefox that make this super easy. Some pages are saved already, but many of them are outdated, so save away!

Share this information far and wide; we don't want our hard work (and amazing collection) to be forgotten. There is hope that we can find a new parent organization to help us continue the project, but for now, we must take a break and figure out the best course to proceed. We are interested in hearing from anyone who wants to offer web development help, funding, nonprofit status, or has other suggestions. There is a comment form below for this purpose; please put your feedback there.

Thanks, most of all, to you - our amazing community! From the volunteers who helped us maintain the site and bring new artists on board, to the curators and bands whose contributions diversified our collections, to our funders, to the folks that used the site everyday and made it the legendary corner of the web that it truly was. It was an amazing nine years, and we are extremely proud of what we’ve accomplished together.

 

 

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01
Monplaisir on 11/05/18 at 08:19PM
This is a terrible news.
If there is a place we can chat sometimes, I'd love to see you there.
I hope one day this website will rise again and we'll feast with a gigantic album of 1000 songs about christmas, birthday, recipes, robot dances and love of free culture.

With all my love, I wish you the best to you and Rosso.
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noisemaxim on 11/05/18 at 08:26PM
We love you!
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Sandsofa Studios on 11/05/18 at 09:36PM
Yes, terrible, it makes me sad to.
If you'll make a new project I'll gladly with you and the others excellent musicians and the fantastic music lovers!
Lobo
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TheHathawayFamilyPlot on 11/06/18 at 05:25PM
I'm incredibly sad to be hearing of this, as well. There truly is nothing else like the FMA out there.
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deef on 11/06/18 at 06:39PM
sooooo sad! thank you very much - as an artist FMA helped me A LOT!
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Scott Holmes on 11/06/18 at 08:40PM
Here's hoping FMA 2.0 will return someday!
Until then, good luck everyone. I wish you all nothing but success in your musical endeavours. It's been an absolute pleasure.
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deef on 11/06/18 at 08:54PM
waybackmachine tells me for my artist page: Bummer.
This url is not available on the live web or can not be archived.
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derekclegg on 11/07/18 at 12:13AM
What a bummer! Thanks for all the hard work and wonderful site! Please come back soon!!
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PhilipPages on 11/07/18 at 02:14PM
This is very sad. FMA has been a great resource to people like me who do not have access to digital money and mostly rely on creative commons for projects. It has been a wonderful website. Thank you for all the hard word. Sorry to hear that you have to shut it down now.
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MarilynRoxie on 11/07/18 at 02:31PM
@deef It looks like thee is a very recent capture here: https://web.archive.org/web/20181107084137/http://freemusicarchive.org/music/deef/
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Kathleen Martin on 11/07/18 at 07:14PM
BEST of all to everyone contributing to this eclectic collective of music-loving souls!
Kathleen [kat330] Martin ♥
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Adrianna_Krikl on 11/08/18 at 05:34AM
I just wanted to take a moment to personally thank FMA. I've been so proud to share my music on this site. It lead me to gain new fans, and it's been an absolute pleasure hearing my music being utilized in various projects due in part of people discovering my music on FMA. I hope FMA finds a new home. xoxo
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doctor turtle on 11/08/18 at 03:55PM
Such sad news. I'm not sure I'd have ever bothered with the whole Doctor Turtle thing without the exposure the FMA gave me and the means of easily reaching a wide community of Youtubers and podcasters in need of resources. Nothing saps your enthusiasm like tumbleweeds.

Hope this turns out to be a hiatus rather than a full stop.
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WarpedTrekker on 11/09/18 at 05:26AM
Can someone purchase the site, storage, etc, and take it over from you to keep it going? If so, who do we contact?
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D. Yunkay on 11/09/18 at 03:48PM
just thanks!
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tomelom on 11/11/18 at 05:22PM
It makes me sad to hear that.FMA was a great place to discover and listen to music far away from big concerns and companies. Are you going to save the site and the data lokal or will everything be lost?
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tomelom on 11/11/18 at 05:24PM
It makes me sad to hear that.FMA was a great place to discover and listen to music far away from big concerns and companies. Are you going to save the site and the data lokal or will everything be lost?
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