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cheyenne_h on 08/28/2018 at 04:56PM

5 Tips For Artists Who Want to Join FMA

You may have looked through the FMA's catalogue and thought, "I'd love to be a part of this!" 

If you make music, you can apply to have your music added to our growing collection! We're curated, which means that music must be reviewed before it's included. Here are a few tips that will help you get approved: 

1. If you make electronic music or you're a solo artist, you'll be facing the most competition for inclusion in our archive. We have a LOT of electronic music and solo artists on our site already. Recordings of actual instruments, sampled or played live, are more likely to be included in the archive, and so are musical groups with multiple members. Electronic musicians and solo artists are regularly welcomed into the archive, so don't let that stop you from applying, but if you don't make the cut, it's not personal. 

2. Read up on Creative Commons licenses. Our site is predicated on sharing audio, utilizing the amazing toolset that Creative Commons built. They offer an array of licenses, so do a little research before you apply so you know what we're talking about when we ask you which license you want to use. We ask for a CC license with your submission, so take a moment and look at the license page. 

3. Send audio we can stream for review. We don't accept random file attachments, sorry! Please have your audio somewhere we can stream it - YouTube, archive.org, Bandcamp, Soundcloud, your own personal website, etc. If we can't listen to the audio... we can't approve it.  

4. Be original (it's a copyright thing). If you are remixing today's Top 40, that's cool. But we can't accept your remixes in our archive, because they contain samples of audio that are currently protected by copyright, and we're going to guess you didn't pay the artist to make your remix. Original work stands a better chance of getting into the collection. If you must use audio samples, make your own or find other CC-licensed works to draw from, such as huge collection at freesound.org

5. Be patient. We have a tiny staff and a small pool of reviewers. So if you don't hear from us within seconds of submitting your music, it's because we're busy! We typically take two weeks to get back to artists with a message of approval or rejection.

Ready to send us a submission? Great! Go fill out our form. You'll hear from us within two weeks. 

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