The web gives us all the power to broadcast, but who is listening? How does this impact traditional media outlets, and artists in need of an audience?American independent radio station WFMU attempts to tackle these issues and more via the Free Music Archive. This social music website hosts mp3s shared by artists and labels who believe that allowing a certain level of free cultural access has both cultural and economic benefits. Unlike other resources of its kind, the FMA library is curated exclusively by a group of established arts organizations. Following an overview of the FMA's inspiration, technology, legal obstacles and future goals, we will collectively envision a sustainable ecosystem for musicians, cultural producers, curators and listeners alike.
Theme track POLITICS & CULTURE is presented by ZEIT ONLINE.