Revitalize Music Contest Judges

Judges will evaluate entries based on originality, creativity, artistic merit, and general musical appeal. They may also consider adherence to the contest's theme, which was to help revitalize the public domain by creating fresh recordings of old songs. As a prize, the Free Music Archive and WFMU will be commissioning a music video for the winning song.



Laura Cantrell    

Laura Cantrell is a Nashville-born, NY-based country music artist. Her four albums brought her acclaim in the US and UK, where she was a favorite of British freeform pioneer John Peel. Her music has been featured in Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair and the Wall Street Journal. She has performed on "The Grand Ole Opry," "A Prairie Home Companion," and "Late Night With Conan O'Brien." She was also the host of the long-running "Radio Thrift Shop" on WFMU, and has been a contributor to the New York Times, and The Daily Beast.

Ken Freedman    

Ken Freedman is the Station Manager of WFMU, the longest running and most renowned freeform radio station in the United States. Under his guidance, WFMU became independent of Upsala College, WFMU's original owner. Freedman also developed WFMU's internet presence, making it one of the most popular and forward looking internet radio stations in the U.S. He founded the Free Music Archive, an online music library and social site based on curated music licensed under Creative Commons and other open licenses. In 2012, he was the recipient of the National Federation of Community Broadcasters's annual Bader Award, which recognizes one individual for innovation and leadership in community radio.

Edward Guo     Edward Guo is the founder and project leader of IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library, the largest freely-accessible music score library on the internet. A graduate of New England Conservatory with a degree in classical composition, he created IMSLP during his sophomore year at NEC. He later attended Harvard Law School, and is currently an associate at the law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. Interested in the effects of copyright law on musical creativity, he is also teaching copyright law at NEC.
Adam Green    

Adam Green is Editor of The Public Domain Review, an online journal dedicated to curating and showcasing the most interesting out-of-copyright works on the web. Since the project started in 2011 he's been knee deep in various digital archives in search of their most exquisite and unusual spoils. The Review is a project of the Open Knowledge Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to promoting open data and open content in all their forms – including government data, publicly funded research and public domain cultural content. Adam used to live in Berlin but now he lives in London.

April Ledbetter    

April Ledbetter is the co-founder of the record company, Dust-to-Digital. She has been running the label with her husband Lance since 2003 when they published the box set, Goodbye Babylon. The company’s releases have been nominated for Grammy Awards in the packaging, liner notes and historical categories, and in 2009 their box set Art of Field Recording: Volume I was awarded best historical album. In 2011, April and Lance founded the non-profit organization, Music Memory, which is devoted to preserving sound recordings from the 78-rpm era and making them available to the public.

Joel Meyer     Joel Meyer joined WNYC's Soundcheck in 2007, and is now their Executive Producer. Prior to that, he worked at Air America Radio’s The Al Franken Show , Broadcasting & Cable magazine and WRHU-FM in Hempstead, N.Y. His radio career began at the college/alternative station Radio K in Minneapolis. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Linda, and a record collection that is getting out of hand. His team is the Minnesota Twins.




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