28 October 2009

ccMixter.org - under new management

Big news from the world of open music: ccMixter.org is has changed hands from the Creative Commons to ArtisTech Media.

Victor Stone, ccMixter's heart and soul is endorsing this evolution wholeheartedly.

While change is always accompanied by uncertainty, I'm personally quite pumped about this particluar one.

However, let me start out by saying that there aren't enough words to describe how grateful I feel about the contribution of Victor Stone - one of the understated and under-famed giants of open music. As regular readers of this blog know, ccMixter has been the at the core of my musical life for a bit over 2 years now. This site continues to be one of the most amazing places for music makers to mingle and make noise together. While every member of the community deserves varying amounts of credit for that, there's one person who deserves a very largely disproportionate share of credit: Victor Stone. He has not only diligently and innovatively continued to work on the technical infrastructure of the site, but above all, he has set and enforced a tone of mutual acceptance, respect and even caring for each other, which reverberates throughout ccMixter and is extremely hard to find in any larger community on today's web.

So while it remains to be seen how much and which way Victor remains involved (I hope it will be a lot!), this is a good a time as any to say THANK YOU, VICTOR!

Looking forward, I'm am very excited about the new management being led by Emily Richards (at ccMixter she's known under the handle of Snowflake). She is amongst that very rare of combinations of being a great musician and an accomplished business person. She has shown in words and in deeds her passion for developing radically different business models based less on exclusion and greed and more on openness and sharing. It's always been really hard for artists to make a living from their art and maybe that's even more so the case today.

So I wholeheartedly cheer Emily, Alex, Jason, Derek, Kirsten, Dale and the whole current and future team at ArtisTech Media on while they try to figure out artistic and economic models that aren't evil or stupid. While they figure out how to evolve free and commercial side by side and mutually benefiting from each other. There will be bumps on the road. That's ok. Good and open minds combined with good and open hearts can overcome a lot of issues and build something special.

May ccMixter's next 5 years be even greater than the first 5!