We’ve got some big news.
That’s usually how acquisition talk starts. And that seems like the theme of the week. But not here. If anything all of the acquisitions and changes to the landscape in music and tech have reminded us why — now more than ever — an open, nonprofit, and artist driven solution is needed for the sake of music.
Open source means control for musicians. Nonprofit means we can’t be acquired by a company that could compromise our mission of sustainability for artists. The combination means we can do some amazing things.
And thanks to the Shuttleworth Foundation we know we’ll be doing those things for the conceivable future.
I’ve been awarded a Shuttleworth Foundation Fellowship to push CASH Music forward like never before. Until now we’ve moved more slowly than I’d like, operating as a two-person organization never more than five or six weeks from our last paycheck. We’ve had to be nimble, cut corners, and all too often push features to the side to ensure the organization would survive.
The fellowship means we’re planning a full year’s roadmap, starting now and running through March of 2015. It means Maggie and I know we have paychecks coming. It means that we’ll soon be able to bring on some help and build faster and better than ever before. It means 2014 is going to be a big year.
We’re still dealing with a budget smaller than the smallest startup, but we have a budget. For the first time, really. You’ll still see us fundraising, but now the idea is to grow, not just to fight to keep the lights on. We still need your help, but right now we’re in a better position to fight for you than we have ever been.
It’s my name on the fellowship but I can say with no humility that it would never have happened without my partner Maggie Vail, our board, and all of the amazing people who’ve helped us by giving time or money. Thank you one and all for your help and your belief.
The one individual thing I will accept is responsibility. It’s time for us to change the music industry for the better, and the buck stops with me. I want to hear your ideas and your criticisms. Because we can make this great. The Internet has been trending towards closed silos of tech and data. It’s broken. Together we can fix it and make it work for musicians.
We’ll be sharing more plans soon. Let’s change the world together. Starting now.