Global Music Community Tribe of Noise Acquires Free Music Archive

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Tribe of Noise, a global music community built on creating fair opportunities for music makers, acquired Free Music Archive (FMA), the leading open music platform curated by artists.

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Leading open music platform Free Music Archive acquired by Tribe of Noise

We cannot wait to see the fruits of these two creative communities coming together.

FMA and Tribe of Noise share many common interests in the music and creative industry. Both offer high quality, well curated music to media makers, focus on music composed and recorded by independent artists and use Creative Commons as their core, open licensing model.

“Tribe of Noise is a global, musician-centric online community where we facilitate, collaborate and pay the participating artists for sharing new, inspiring sounds with us and our customers every single day. These talented artists need our support more than ever. Their repertoire in a fair, sustainable business model will shape a healthy future for independent musicians around the world. That’s our number one priority”, writes Sandra Brandenburg, Founder and Chair at Tribe of Noise.

Leading video gear rental marketplace and creator community Kitsplit, the former owner of FMA, is delighted with the acquisition by Tribe of Noise. “We could not have found a better candidate to manage FMA’s community of musicians, videographers, youtubers, podcasters and other music enthusiasts. FMA is the number one resource for free music to many creatives around the world and it deserves the attention and expertise Tribe of Noise can offer”, adds Lisbeth Kaufman, CEO at Kitsplit.

FMA visitors and contributors did see the website go into maintenance-mode this weekend. A necessary step to start transferring all the unique repertoire, data and code. “I am excited. It feels like our launch in 2008 all over again”, says Founder & CEO at Tribe of Noise, Hessel van Oorschot. “More than 10 years ago we launched our online community and invited the first musicians to join. This week we are inviting a massive global audience of music enthusiasts to join the journey of our musician-centric community. We cannot wait to see the fruits of these two creative communities coming together.”

About FMA

The Free Music Archive (FMA) is an online repository of royalty-free music. Established in 2009 by the East Orange, New Jersey community radio station WFMU and in cooperation with fellow stations KBOO and KEXP, it aims to provide music under Creative Commons licenses that can be freely downloaded and used in other works. The service launched with an emphasis on curating high-quality works in a manner "designed for the age of the internet". FMA hosts over 100,000 recordings today. Updates about this acquisition and the next steps forward will be shared on FMA’s Twitter account (@freemusicarchiv). More background information on Wikipedia:

About Tribe of Noise

Tribe of Noise, launched in the Netherlands in 2008, is a true musician-centric community and “music for business” service company. Main objective: Creating fair and sustainable business opportunities for talented artists. Over 34,000 Tribe composers, singer songwriters, producers and performing artists from 194 countries are part of the Tribe of Noise online community. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Or check Tribe’s Wikipedia page for more information:

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