Free! Music! Contest 2014 started
For the sixth time the "Musipiraten" calls bands and solo artists from around the world, to submit their works for the Free! Music! Contest. In addition to the publishing on the Free! Music! Sampler vouchers for new music equipment are to be won. While the last years it was totally up to a jury who was published on the double CD, this year there will be an additional onlibe voting. You can acquires the right to vote by pre-ordering the sampler. To participate in the contest, the submitted song must be published under a Creative Commons license.
Registration is possible until September 30th 2014.
"With the public voting we want to achieve two things," explains Christian Hufgard, chairman of the Musikpiraten. "On the one hand, the selection of songs on the CDs are placed on a broader footing. And the obvious choice is to give a voice to those who will hear the CDs afterwards? But we also hope that the participating bands indicate their fans even before publication of the sampler the competition and we still get the more attention."
The preorder - and thus the acquisition of voting rights - can be done on Bandcamp or here. At bandcamp the voice "costs" 2,50 Euros, and the buyer will receive a download of the album as soon as the selection of songs is done. On the side of the Musikpiraten five euros have to be invested, but there is also the double-CD free home by mail (shippings costs are caculated for germany - for other countries please contact the Musikpiraten before preordering) . Those who have not pre-ordered, must wait until the official release in early December before they can download the sampler. But then it will be available as a free download - as in previous years.
A double-CD packed to the brim with the best songs of the contest is going to be produced. Also vouchers worth 100€ will be raffled among all participants - even the willingness to make one's music free shall be rewarded!
Patron of the competition this year is not a person but a website - the Creative Commons remix portal ccMixter. Emily Richards CEO of ArtisTech Media, the operator of ccMixter is pleased to be supporting the contest by the active patronage: "ArtisTech Media is honored to support the sixth Free! Music! Contest via ccMixter.org. Music is meant to be freely shared to experience its true universality. We are psyched to be part of the contest and invite artists from all over the world contribute their talents too."
Sponsors are welcome - and greatly needed. Whether a price is donated, or the Contest is sponsored, Musikpiraten are open to all. Especially, the association welcomes CD-sponsors. Those order 100 CDs for 250€ (plus shipping costs). Sponsors and CD-sponsors are asked to report until September 31, 2014 via the contact form.