Now, on to the State of the Project update.
I neglected to mention the specific license that this will be released under. If you are an artist submitting music to this compilation, you agree to allow the song to be published under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license (although, if it is a major concern for many contributors, I reserve the right to change it to a non-derivative license). By extension, in submitting a track for the compilation, you agree that you hold the exclusive rights to your song. If you submit the song and do not have the rights, you reserve the right to withdraw your submission up until the time that the compilation is released, excepting legal circumstances that require the withdrawal of the track from the finished compilation. If you have already submitted a track to me, I will be sending out an e-mail notifying you of these changes. If you need to withdraw your submission, that is perfectly alright - there is no need to get into a tricky legal situation. There are many ways to help out other than submitting a song. This also means that labels will be required to release the compilation under the same license. If you have already offered to distribute the compilation and this new information prevents you from releasing it, please inform me.
Since I have received such a large volume of submissions already, I am considering a few things. First, if the volume of submissions increases as the deadline nears, I worry that we could end up with at least 24 hours of music. There are a few things that I am considering as a solution, and I would love to receive feedback or suggestions.
- Release the compilation as a single "CD" (60 or so minutes in length). This is the option I like least, as it would mean having to be highly selective in what gets released - and that rather defeats the purpose! And who am I to say what does and does not deserve to be on the compilation? On the other hand, this would make it less prohibitive for labels to distribute, as bandwidth costs could get very expensive with a very large compilation.
- Release the compilation as a few "CDs." This would be something like 3 CDs. This is also a rather unattractive option for the same reasons as above, though it is a bit more allowing then the previous suggestion.
- Release the compilation as a sort of core "CD or CDs" like the other two options, and have an extended compilation that includes all submissions that meet the guidelines. Not sure about this one. Thoughts?
- Release the compilation in multiple themed "CDs" (I need to find a better word for this). What I mean by this is having an ambient collection, a noise collection, a folk collection, etc. The main problem I have with this one is forcing genres on every song for the sake of organization; as an artist myself, I often find genres to be limiting. On the other hand, this is appealing because it would allow listeners to more easily select what to listen to - it is pretty daunting to stare at an enormous list of songs without knowing what any of them will sound like.
One of my other major concerns is that if this gets really big and donations exceed $10,000 (a challenge, to be sure, but if this keeps growing, it could happen!), then it would almost certainly be necessary to have this project be officially sponsored by a 501(c) Not-for-Profit - or become one itself. I am personally unaware of what kind of work (and money!) that this would entail, but I am going to do some research this week. If anyone has experience or professional knowledge about this, please contact me. It may not be necessary, but it is important to be prepared for it.
I am hoping to make a State of the Project update on a daily basis, because I want everyone to be involved in this and to know what is happening with it. The next post will contain information on specific art projects that need to be completed. Please be forgiving if I am unable to respond to e-mails quickly - I am already receiving quite a few, and I am having to balance this with my personal life. I do promise that I will respond to every single e-mail, though. Except maybe hate-mail, but I'm not really expecting any.
Again, thank you to every single person who has helped - even if you've just taken the time to read about this project, you're helping make it a reality. We are going to create the most successful collaboration in the history of the netlabel scene, and in doing so, help the people of Japan in this time of crisis.
This is our project. This is our cause.
And dammit, I'm excited!