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another free music magazine

Applicants: Konrad Behr
Affiliation: none
CC affiliated? No
Contact: Konrad Behr
Coordinator: no other than above
Project Start: 2011/01/01
Project End: 2011/05/01
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Describe the project you are proposing as clearly as possible in just five sentences.

„Another free music magazine“ could be a online platform to present and discuss CC music based of the acceptance of the website in the current form. Beside the possibility for CC-weblabels to promote their new releases a group of editorials (cc-music experts from the scene world wide) writes reviews and recommendations. The magazine is complete free of advertisement an respects the privacy of the users. Aim of the magazine is to support the diversity of small netlabels with their competences in genres besides the musical mainstream.

Detail the tangible project output (e.g., paper, blog post, written materials, video/film, etc.; this would be in addition to the final written report that successful grant recipients will be expected to deliver to CC at the conclusion of the project).

The project is website with texts about free CC music releases worldwide and a catalog that allows an overview about CC weblabels.

Describe the community you are targeting. How would the project benefit the community?

The magazine is a platform where people with a broadband interest in music can find releases from small, d.i.y. weblabels releasing CC music. Because of the work of the group of editorials the visitor has a guide through the endless list of new CC releases. For the weblabels the project offers the free possibility to catch the attention of the listeners without using commercial services like FaceBook or MySpace. The magazine is not a portal for music but a platform for labels releasing CC />

What is your relationship with the community you are targeting? Why are you the best individual/organization to lead this project? Do you have prior experience in related projects?

Generally I see the topic from different perspectives. As a producer of electronic music I know the advantages of releasing CC music. As a co-founder of the weblabels and I know how important it is to announce new releases at platforms for free music. As a music lover and listener and also because of my work as CC DJ and co-producer of a CC music radio show since 2003 I know how important are recommendations from insiders can be to avoid getting lost in the huge amount of free CC releases. I also organized some concerts for CC musicians since 2006. For some years now I run also a hand edited weblabellist (

How will you measure and evaluate your project’s impact - on your main participants? Other contributors? On the larger community?

The project makes the diversity of the netlabelscene visible and shows the benefits of copy left music.

How many participants do you expect to be involved in your project? How will you seek and sustain their involvement?

At the start the group of editors should not be more then 10 people. The magazine is not planed as another social platform where everybody can write and comment everything. The quality should count and not quantity.

Describe how your project will benefit Creative Commons' mission to increase the amount of creativity (cultural, educational, and scientific content) in "the commons".

To present high quality CC license works hand picked by “experts” it's easier to find exciting music . The magazine works at the often criticized problem of free culture – too much low quality because of lack of regulation. The visitors of the current website is increasing over the years and the reactions via mail are showing me how important it is to offer a filter function in a confusing netlabelworld. The magazine supports diversity of sounds and sytles but bundles power of small projects.

Describe what technologies and tools your project will use. What kinds of technical skills and expertise do you bring to the project? What are your technical needs?

The project needs a very professional highly customized website. Only a standard CMS is not enough. The editors should have unique tools and categories to label the music. One aim is to connect a list of netlabels with the current releases. So - a very good programmer (or a team) is needed. My knowledge about programming ends at html an CSS.

What challenges do you expect to face, and how do you plan to overcome them?

The programmer of the system behind the magazine should be able to feel the importance of the project. I learned that is is hard to find a good technician and somebody who is interested in arts an music and works for nothing. Solution? The Catalyst Grants Program (in the case of money).

How do you plan to sustain your project after the Creative Commons funding has ended? Detail specific plans. How do you plan to raise revenue to continue your efforts in the future?

I hope that when the system is configured once the group of altruistic editors keeps the system alive. The work of an programmer is only needed to start the whole process.

How can this project be scalable, or have a scalable impact?

The group of editor can grow and new editorial categories can be included (articles about concerts from cc bands, reviews to the visual artworks, etc.).

What resources and support do you expect Creative Commons to provide to your project to ensure its success (if any)?

Some help in License details and a bit publicity for the search of an programmer.

Describe how your organization currently communicates with its community members and network partners. (100 words)

The current projects are quite good accepted in the netaudioworld. So there are a lot of mails to answer. More and more I also organize concert of CC acts – so I meet more an more “real” people. Beside that I do interviews (at both sides of the microphone) and take part at conferences as often I can.