microSong Judges

Judges will evaluate our entries based on originality, creativity, artistic merit, adherence to the time limit, and general musical appeal.

Ryan Merkley

Ryan Merkley is the current CEO of Creative Commons, an organization that has been near and dear to the Free Music Archive since its beginnings. When he's not running the show at CC, Ryan also is a musician & percussionist who plays jazz, funk, folk & more. This is his first time judging a microSong challenge. 

Chris Zabriskie

Chris Zabriskie is a musician & composer, and recent featured guest on Radio Free Culture. He makes songs that are licensed CC-BY and currently has 53 composer credits on IMDB. He currently has 80 songs on the Free Music Archive. 

Susan Joseph Susan Joseph is a singer/songwriter/producer who has been releasing her music under Creative Commons licenses so it can be remixed and adapted. After becoming a part of the community at ccMixter.org, she now serves as the site's Creative Director.
Kara Square Kara Square is a ukulele slinging, songwriting, and singing music maker. She is an active member and Program Director of the international Creative Commons remix website ccMixter.org. Kara Square has released four albums on her label Thinkroot Records: Square Meter with Piero Peluche [2014], Love Songs for Everyone but Especially Uke [2013], as well as Mourning Time [2011] and Look Both Ways Before You Die with Team Smile and Nod [2008]..
Jim Price



Jim Price is a long-time WFMU DJ and short-song extraordinaire. You can check out some of his short songs from the archives of his one-minute radio show, or listen on WFMU 91.1 FM in the NYC area on Monday afternoons from 3:00 - 3:01 PM. 




Mari Moreshead



Mari Moreshead is a Senior Administrator at Creative Commons. Mari joined Creative Commons after three years at the Mozilla Foundation in administration. Prior to that, she held similar roles at a legal technology start up and the Playful Invention Company.









This contest is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.