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cheyenne_h on 12/17/2018 at 08:53PM

Free Music Archive's new home: KitSplit!

image borrowed from KitSplit

After months of uncertainty about our future, the Free Music Archive is joining KitSplit, a camera gear rental platform by and for creators. With KitSplit's support, we will stay up and running for the indefinite future - something we are very relieved to report. Though KitSplit is a for-profit business, the FMA will remain true to its mission of sharing free, curated audio to all.

In the coming weeks, we will reopen artist/curator uploads and our Music Submission form and resume our regularly scheduled audio weirdness, curated playlist posts, and new releases here on our blog.

The Free Music Archive will be one of many educational resources in the KitSplit library - they have a bounty of informative materials on their blog, Viewfinder, and they offer free coaching sessions to women in film and video, which we think is sorely needed and super cool. The Free Music Archive is widely used and loved by indie video producers, and KitSplit wants to make our archive even more accessible and useful by bringing our audio collection to their community's attention.

While this milestone is bittersweet and we're sad to be saying goodbye to WFMU, we are forever in their debt for making the Free Music Archive a reality. We are excited to be able to preserve the archive and continue our essential work of curating the Commons with the support of KitSplit.

Thanks to everyone who supported us during this uncertain time, who reached out with moral support or made donations to keep the lights on, and especially to our amazing, inspiring, awesome community!! We are looking forward to the future for the Free Music Archive as its collections and communities grow, and we hope the best years of the Free Music Archive are yet to come. 

For more details on the transition as it unfolds, please check the KitSplit blog and/or subscribe to their newsletter.

For this news in Spanish, please visit the blog at Libre FM - thanks friends for the translation! 



deef on 12/11/18 at 06:25PM
EPIC! ...and it makes perfect sense as most of the time filmmakers got in touch with me through FMA. Thanks KitSplit!
Natebw on 12/11/18 at 06:34PM
This is great news. I cannot wait to find out more about becoming a curator.
Lemon Yellow Hayes on 12/11/18 at 06:52PM
Viva la FMA!
Sandsofa Studios on 12/11/18 at 08:57PM
Great news! Thank you!
Luck Greetings Lobo
katya-oddio on 12/11/18 at 10:18PM
Great news to hear that the FMA will live. This is an interesting change from a non-profit project to a commercial owner. Grateful for KitSplit's funding.
yanterrien on 12/12/18 at 08:42AM
It's fantastic. During all these moments of uncertainty I looked for another site and I did not find anything comparable. Uploading my music on FMA is part of what's giving a rhythm my life now, and it has to last forever!
Monplaisir on 12/12/18 at 11:39AM
This is awesome, glad to see the archive safe !!!
Ketsa on 12/12/18 at 01:04PM
This is wonderful news Cheyenne! Well done all and thank you Kitsplit!!
ShmooZee on 12/12/18 at 06:41PM
I'm so excited! It was a sad day when you made the announcement FMA was closing. I understand you have lots on your plate, but I really hope this means you can get things like the site's audio player back up and running! That was a huge help for the producers. Either way, I'm so happy with the news!
caetano on 12/13/18 at 03:09AM
I guess I'm the only one here to be disappointed.
The only positive change for me would be that you would change platform to something less broken and outdated (like set up a funkwhale instance).
Keeping FMA like this to me is even worse than have it disappear and be backed on because at least if it disappeared people would go somewhere else (like Funkwhale!) which would be better.
CodesAndNotes on 12/13/18 at 12:48PM
There IS a God...
And He just loves creative persons, Creative Commons Music and FMA.
Congratulations, Team! Keep it alive!
Kathleen Martin on 12/13/18 at 04:57PM
FMA through a new lens? Yeah split me off a bit of THAT Kit / Kat bar! (works for you, too, Katya! ;)
Good news and goodwill hunting down a new home for the holidays and beyond, Cheyenne! ☼ ♥
Monplaisir on 12/13/18 at 06:16PM
caetano : Funkwhale doesn't provide the same service like the FMA website.
If Funkwhale is a good initiative and looks more modern than the old FMA, the search engine is not developped as the search engine from FMA, it's harder to find the licence of the songs on Funkwhale (a really important thing for creative commons music.)
Funkwhale looks more like Jamendo, a service we already have (and avoid for some artists).
Yeah, FMA website is not perfect, I hate the fact there is always the same top artists on the charts, sometimes stats are ef'd up, sometimes the player is not working but it's super easy to find specific licence music, to upload stuff, to discuss problems with the administration, there is a living community with comments, favs, it's not hard for people to contact artists... well, even with the actual flaws, FMA is an excellent website.
I'm sure Funkwhale is an excellent website too (and I love the fact they use inclusive grammar in french language, so rare), but it's not the same service.
Nghecao2103 on 12/14/18 at 02:33PM
(Funkwhale maintainer here)

Montplaisir: I agree with you, Funkwhale and the FMA are different projects with different purposes.

The way I perceive it (I may be wrong?), the FMA main mission is to build a consistent library of CC content, with an emphasis on curation.

Funkwhale is a more generic music streaming server, thus leaning toward consumption (even though there are plans to change that).

Anyway, I thought you may be interested to know we have a partial mirror (~40%) of the FMA on This was gathered this week using the collection at (in fact, before I learnt the FMA would stay up x)
We _should_ have license data being shown on each track page, but this is a pretty recent feature so bug may occur.

Details about the mirroring may be found in this blog post,, near the end.

Anyway, I'm really glad you're staying up, I'm looking forward to discover new artists and long live the FMA!
caetano on 12/14/18 at 02:41PM
Monplaisir: to add to what eliotberriot said, yes funkwhale is lacking important features but unlike FMA it's open source and under development. The pace is rather slow but if more artists discovered its potential they would back it up. Currently the crowd funding is super low (~888€ per year = 74€ per month). If the developers had a decent salary, they could make funkwhale fully featured and stable. Instead people donate to FMA so it can keep its server running (which funkwhale doesn't have to worry about) and some other things, but there is no plan to revamp FMA's interface and user experience so to me the money is kind of lost.
Nghecao2103 on 12/14/18 at 02:55PM
cantaloup: to be fair, Funkwhale receives 75€ in donations a month, which I find pretty huge already given the fact I set up the page less than 6 months ago, and really lack the skills to promote it properly.

I don't believe Funkwhale and the FMA are concurrent projects, and even if Funkwhale received more money, it would not mean we could do the work that is being done here by all the curators ;)

That being said, I do hope we'll make the platform more attractive to artists and creators, but this is a long-term effort and we can already enjoy CC content on Funkwhale without having creators publishing there, precisely because projects such as the FMA exist.
Marc Dubois on 12/15/18 at 09:34PM
I Like It :)
tellio on 12/16/18 at 01:40AM
Cheyenne, You pulled a rabbit out of a hat. I hope you let us all know where your future lay. I look forward to following your grand career path.
WM Recordings on 12/19/18 at 11:54PM
One week later and Kitsplit already starts spamming their services on the FMA accounts on Twitter and Facebook. This is NOT a good move. Please don't turn this site into some commercial service, or we will pull all of our content.
bollaverde on 12/23/18 at 09:49AM
GREAT NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We love you!
Deimus on 01/04/19 at 12:32AM
Genuinely glad to hear this, I like FMA, I've looked around plenty to find a similar website when I heard you guys were closing and I could not find anything satisfying. You guys are awesome. I'm just a very small youtuber/streamer and I'm happy with the variety of music you guys have to offer.
DRVNOfficial on 01/13/19 at 10:27PM
Why is it that we can't upload music now?
Kozelek on 01/14/19 at 04:27PM
Not being able to upload anything is definitely a problem, yes. I hope this is solved soon, or Cheyenne's departure is going to be the end of this site.
Jsin on 01/14/19 at 06:14PM
What concerns me is that we have heard nothing since KitSplit has taken over. No updates to tell us what's going on. The site just seems dead.
sawdust on 01/18/19 at 11:33PM
> Though KitSplit is a for-profit business, the FMA will remain true to its mission of sharing free, curated audio to all.

May we see the legal terms under which FMA was transferred to KitSplit?

Are there provisions in place if KitSplit no longer wishes to host/maintain the collection?

Is the FMA music and related licensing data to be mirrored anywhere and kept updated as new music is added, to be available in the event that KitSplit is no longer willing or able to manage the host the collection on terms acceptable to the creators?
derekclegg on 01/22/19 at 11:28PM
FMA acquired by a guy named Kit, took the reins and then he Split. The new admin hasn't been seen, not a note or blog if you know what I mean. We're all pleased that someone saved the site, just let us upload so we can make it right.

Seriously though an update/timetable on progress would be much appreciated. I get if this hasn't been a priority or more work than originally thought but we'd love to know.
Magie-lyon on 01/27/19 at 10:19AM
OK nice, KitSplit is the dominant player in the online camera rental marketplace
Kozelek on 01/28/19 at 07:22AM
Well, the dominant player in the online camera rental marketplace is letting this website die, with no updates and no maintenance. I guess they already have the content they needed, so they won't pay for a new curator.
Lemon Yellow Hayes on 01/28/19 at 02:26PM
KitSplit: Lights, camera and no action :-(
DannyKS on 01/28/19 at 05:42PM
Kozelek (and many others!): Hey, Danny from KitSplit here! Sorry for the silence on our end, we've been doing a lot on the back end of FMA to make sure it's sunning as smoothly as possible on our servers. We have plans to re-open uploading this week! Keep an eye out for an update post on the home page later today.
DannyKS on 01/28/19 at 05:48PM
derekclegg: We're so sorry we haven't been seen, we hope you don't think that we're mean! Uploads will be coming back soon and you'll be over the moon! Long live FMA!

-Danny from KitSplit
32 on 01/28/19 at 06:02PM
Hi! I'm Kristina—I work with Danny and am one of the cofounders of KitSplit, and wanted to say hi, too!

Thanks to everyone who wished us well and sent kind words (here and elsewhere)—we really appreciate it! We have been huge fans of FMA for years (I personally am a filmmaker and FMA has saved so many low budget budgets of mine!), were so sad to hear about its plan to shut down, and are so excited to be able to step in to keep it alive + thriving.

Our sincere apologies to those of you who mentioned disappointment that we haven't been in touch more in the past month. This all happened quickly, and it's taken us awhile to actually make the transition happen and get our bearings. Going forward, you'll be hearing more from us. We'll be checking comments on the blog, and posting on the blog more. You can also always feel free to reach out to us directly via email:

We're looking forward to hearing from you and working with you!
Kozelek on 01/28/19 at 06:22PM
Danny, Kristina: I am glad to read these words from you. I should apologize as well; I probably have been too quick to jump to conclusions. This is a project I personally love, so I really want to see it thrive on for years. I am glad to read that the reason for the silence was just because of the migration process. Sorry if I acted too impatient!
Sandsofa Studios on 01/28/19 at 06:26PM
Hey wonderful Christina & Danny!
Thank you for this message!
Makes me very happy!!!
kbudelis on 01/28/19 at 06:42PM
Lobo and Kozelek - thanks for the kind words!

Among other updates we're working hard on getting uploads re-enabled (for curators to start with) and this should be complete very very shortly.

More soon :)
derekclegg on 01/28/19 at 07:25PM
@Danny Ha ha! No worries! Glad we'll be back up! And thanks for the reply :-)
Lemon Yellow Hayes on 01/28/19 at 08:25PM
Danny and Kristina, my apologies as well. Although, I'm glad that I said something because mine was the last comment made before the two of you spoke up. I look forward to seeing the FMA active once again and trust that you guys will enable the site to evolve beyond its last known capabilities which were a little wonky at times.
Suplimente on 02/27/19 at 10:07AM
This is awesome!
supersly on 04/01/19 at 04:58PM
Your team rocks! Thanks for keeping FMA alive!
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