Ethical Music Streaming: Humbolt and FFM, together we are breaking the mould

FFM is now live on the new and brilliant indie music streaming platform, Humbolt. You can download the app to access the FFM catalogue and the latest indie labels from around the world.

Humbolt is a music discovery platform dedicated solely to independent music.

We focus on artist and label growth by providing a platform that allows them to stream their catalogues and exclusive content directly to their audience in exchange for their support.

We believe that every artist, label, sub-genre should be able to benefit directly from their fans without distraction from heavily marketed mainstream services.

Simply put, we like the weird stuff!

Download the app here

How it works

  • SUBSCRIBE TO YOUR FAVORITE LABEL AND UNLOCK THEIR ENTIRE CATALOG
  • SUBSCRIBE TO AN ARTIST AND UNLOCK THEIR LABEL’S ENTIRE CATALOG
  • DECIDE IF YOU WANT TO SUPPORT YOUR FAVORITE ARTIST OR LABEL MONTHLY OR ANNUALLY
  • HOP ON AND OFF AT YOUR LEISURE! MONTHLY SUPPORT STARTS AS LOW AS $2.99/MONTH
  • IT’S THE ULITMATE “RECORD OF THE MONTH” CLUB, BUT FOR EVERYTHING!

HUMBOLT IS A LIFE HACK, PAY FOR THE MUSIC YOU WANT, REWARD THE ARTISTS AND LABELS YOU CHOOSE, AND BE AUTOMATICALLY ENTERED IN FOR GIFTS ON US.

 

A Fantastic Musical Project In Uganda by Innocent Wodonya

FFM’s  Uganda Ambassador,  Innocent Wodonya is raising money to help young musicians in Uganda. They need to buy instruments to continue the fantastic work already being done by the David Kiwana Wind Orchestra. Please visit their GoFund Site and pledge a few pounds/dollars/yen to help them give music to young people in Uganda.
Innocent Wodonya
Innocent Wodonya 
“We are a starting a wind classics band and we intend to give chance to our players  to play music and we really need your support for us to do it please whatever you give will help give a chance to one African child  to play music .
Thank you all  friends around the world .
Help spread the word!”
 Innocent Wodonya

The international language of music spreads love and friendship around the world and FFM Records will ultimately record and distribute a digital album for our Ugandan friends to create a sustainable source of income for the future.
The music education outreach that music provides is a priceless lifeline for many Ugandans creating  opportunities for personal development much needed in the area.

Please help us help these wonderful musicians be the best they can.
Roger Moisan LTCL PGCE
(CEO Freedom For Musicians)

Please Visit our GoFund Page



How to be a professional musician AND see the world.



We are the UK’s leading supplier of professional musicians to the cruise industry.

We are always searching for professional musicians of the highest standard who are looking for the opportunity to perform on some of the finest cruise ships in the World. If you are suitable you will have the chance to travel extensively, earn a good salary, meet some amazing people & embark on a new adventure!

Why Choose Musicianpro?

Musicianpro’s founder and director is a former professional musician / musical director with extensive cruise experience. We therefore understand the many years of practice and studying which you have completed, to become the skilled professional musician that you are today.

You can be confident that while you are working with Musicianpro, your talent & musicianship is always appreciated and we will strive to find the best cruise ship & environment for you to showcase your talent. Once you have been offered a contract we will guide you through the entire onboarding process – from the audition to the cruise ship…then your exciting journey begins!

We recognize the importance of all our clients and the role you play in the successful growth and longevity of Musicianpro. There has never been a better time to join the cruise industry as a professional musician ! Now make your dreams a reality and simply click APPLY!

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Introducing FFM’s 3 levels of Corporate Sponsorship starting from £10 per month

Freedom for Musicians are now offering advertising space to corporate clients with a musical identity to come onboard with us at this early stage of our life. FFM are highly ethical and support  the Araba Scott Children’s Foundation.

Part of our work is to help developing music communities from around the world and are currently supporting young musicians in Uganda. We plan to offer grants, scholarships and bursaries as well as recording opportunities (via the record label) to enable musicians to access the industry who wouldn’t normally get the opportunity.

Our Sponsorship Packages: 

Your clickable image or video ad in the content sidebar.

( £10 per month.)Your clickable image or video ad in the content sidebar.

A review of your company as an article.

(£20 per month)

Your clickable image or video ad in the content sidebar.

A review of your company as an article.

Your brand discreetly promoted within our articles. (approximately 5 per day)

The option to update and tweak your message whenever you need to.

(£30 per month)

 

This is an extremely competitive offer at this early stage in our growth and well worth taking advantage of!

Simply send your marketing package to us, we will prepare your advertising product for you to approve or tweak and only when you are happy, you pay us.


Sponsorship Packages



Our current clients:

Encore
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Music teachers helper
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Gear 4 Music
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Stratos
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Alicia Louise
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Product Review – Zoom H1 with Accessory Pack, Matte Black £69.00 inc VAT

X/Y Recording Made Simple

The Zoom H1 Digital Field Recorder’s built-in X/Y microphone provides two matched unidirectional microphones set at a 90 degree angle relative to one another, optimum for most stereo recording applications. For X/Y or other types of recording, you can connect a pair of external microphones or line level signal to the H1’s Mic/Line Input mini phone jack.

The Ins and Outs

The H1 Mic/Line Input is a stereo ⅛” mini phone jack that can accept two mic- and/or line-level signals. Condenser microphones requiring Plug-In Power (2.5 volts) can be connected to this jack. The H1 Line/Headphones Output is a stereo ⅛” phone jack with a dedicated volume control. Headphones can be connected here for private monitoring. There’s also a built-in speaker on the back panel for fast monophonic monitoring of the recorded signal without the need to make any connections. The H1’s USB port provides a digital output of the stereo mix and allows data to be sent to and from your computer. From there, it can be imported into editing software such as the supplied WaveLab LE. It also allows the H1 to be used as a 2-in/2-out audio interface and USB microphone, as well as a microSD card reader.

Auto Level and Low Cut Filter

Overload and distortion are prevented with the H1’s Auto Level function that sets input gain automatically (input level can be set manually, too). The H1 also provides a built-in low cut filter for the elimination of pops, wind noise, blowing, and other kinds of low frequency rumble.

WAV and MP3 Support

The Zoom H1 records audio in both WAV and MP3 formats. The WAV files recorded by the H1 can be either 16- or 24-bit, with sampling rates of 44.1, 48, or 96 kHz, and are automatically time-stamped, making them Broadcast Wave Format (BWF) compliant – ideal for journalists and other professional media.

Battery Life and Recording

The H1 Digital Field Recorder requires just a single AA battery – offering up to 10 hours of operation, even during continuous recording. You can also power the H1 from any standard wall socket using the optional AD-17 AC adapter. The H1 records directly to microSD and microSDHC cards, up to 32 gigabytes.

High Quality Video Audio

The compact, lightweight H1 is perfect for use on a video or DSLR camera. The remarkable depth and clarity of sound achieved by the stereo X/Y mic design brings additional realism and depth to HD video. By combining the H1 with a DSLR video camera, you can create a professional video system with high-quality sound.

Included Accessory Pack

Additionally, the Zoom H1 comes with a useful bunch of accessories that allows you to get the most out of the Zoom H1 recorder. Included is a windscreen that minimises wind noise in demanding weather conditions, helping to retain the audio quality from the H1. The adjustable desktop tripod stabilises your recorder when on the move, or at home, and minimises handle noise to ensure clean recordings. The soft case ensures protection for your H1 during transport and storage. The accessory pack also includes an AC adapter, USB cable, and mic stand clip adapter, allowing you to charge the recorder, and seamlessly transfer files onto a computer or storage device.

What’s Included In Accessory Pack

  • Windscreen
  • Mic stand clip adapter
  • Adjustable desktop tripod
  • Soft case
  • AC adapter
  • USB cable

Reviews

“The Zoom H1 Handy Recorder is unquestionably a bargain” – PC Advisor

“For such a small unit it really can do some impressive recording and will definitely get the job done. Whether you are recording an interview or live music the H1 would be a great tool.” – Videomaker Magazine

Features

  • Built-in 90° X/Y stereo mic
  • Stereo ⅛” Mic/Line Input mini phone jack with Plug-in power (2.5V)
  • Stereo ⅛” Phones/Line Output jack with dedicated volume control
  • Built-in reference speaker for fast monitoring
  • Backlit LCD display
  • Records directly to microSD and microSDHC cards up to 32 GB
  • Supports up to 24-bit/96 kHz audio in BWF-compliant WAV or a variety of MP3 formats
  • Auto Level for automatic control of input level
  • Low-cut filter for elimination of wind noise and rumble
  • Up to 99 marks per recording
  • USB port for data transfer to computer and use as an audio interface and USB microphone
  • SD card reader function
  • Mounts directly to tripod, or to mic stand or DSLR with optional adapter
  • Runs on only 1 standard AA alkaline or NiMH rechargeable battery
  • Up to 10 hours of operation with a single AA alkaline battery

Specifications

  • Simultaneous recording tracks: 2
  • Simultaneous playback tracks: 2
  • Functions: Lo-cut Filter, Auto REC Level, Marker
  • Recording/playback format:
    • WAV: 44.1 / 48 / 96kHz, 16- / 24-bit
    • MP3: 44.1kHz 48/56/64/80/96/112/128/160/192/224/256/320kbps
  • A/D conversion: 24-bit, 128x oversampling
  • D/A conversion: 24-bit, 128x oversampling
  • Signal processing: 32-bit
  • Recording media: microSD card (16MB – 2GB), microSDHC card (4GB – 32GB)
  • Display: 127 segment custom LCD (with backlight)
  • Built-in stereo mic: Unidirectional condenser
  • Gain: 0 to +39dB
  • Minimum gain with digital attenuation: -28dB
  • Maximum sound pressure level: 120dB SPL
  • Mic/line input: 1/8″ stereo phone jack (Plug-in power supported)
  • Input Impedance: 2kΩ (Input level: 0 to -39dBm)
  • Phones/line output: 1/8″ stereo phone jack
  • Output load impedance: 10kΩ or more
  • Rated output level: -10dBm
  • Phones output level: 20mW + 20mW into 32Ω load
  • Output load impedance: 10kΩ or more
  • Rated output level: -10dBm
  • USB interface:
    • Type: Mini-B type (USB 2.0 High Speed compatible), Mass Storage Class operation
    • Format: 44.1 kHz/16-bit or 48 kHz/16-bit
  • Power requirements: Alkaline or Ni-MH AA battery x 1, or AC adapter (AD-17, USB to AC type)
  • Battery life (alkaline batteries): 10 hours (MP3), 9.5 hours (WAV)
  • Dimensions: 44(W) x 136(D) x 31(H)mm
  • Weight: 60g (without batteries)
Zoom H1
Zoom H1 Handy Recorder £69.00 inc VAT



 

Freedom for Musicians – From concept, to birth, to flourishing brain child

Roger Moisan, Founder and Director, Freedom for Musicians
Roger Moisan, Founder/Director, Freedom for Musicians

At the beginning of 2016, I had an idea that I wanted to do something digitally/online that would help fellow musicians and be something that I could give back to the industry. My legacy if you like.

Now, I had no idea what it would be or how to do it so I set about learning the tech, digital marketing and website building. This was quite daunting for this fifty-something dinosaur but I quickly discovered that this modern sorcery was actually pretty easy. (Big thanks to DBL and SFM )

Hence, Freedom for Musicians was born. To be honest, the early manifestation of FFM was quite embarrassing in hindsight with no real identity and clumsy tech. However, I persevered and we now have a thriving online music magazine, independent record label and growing community of nearly 5000 musicians worldwide. FFM has Ambassadors representing Uganda, Kenya, Ghana, Canada, India, Azerbaijan, Czech Republic, Italy, USA, UK, Jersey CI and Indonesia. My initial concept has come a long way in a very short amount of time and I am immensely proud of our achievements so far,

Our focus now is to serve our members through publishing their music, videos and blogs. We advertise their products and services and release their music digitally in all stores world wide.

Please take a few moments to check out Freedom for Musicians as it now exists:

Website ffmrecords.com

Our Community on Facebook

Corporate Marketing

For more information and to contact me, Roger Moisan, email rogermoisan@yahoo.co.uk or message me at Linkedin




Trumpet Place – The New Agency for Trumpet Teachers and Students

Learn from the best.

Everyone starts playing trumpet at different ages, but we all start as beginners. From the first cracked note to all three movements of the Haydn Trumpet Concerto, teachers from all around the world skillfully nurture their students’ talent on the trumpet.

TRUMPET PLACE is a website dedicated to bring trumpet students and teachers together in a collaborative space. It seems that many trumpet players in school don’t take lessons, simply because they can’t find a teacher!

If you’re a trumpet player, TRUMPET PLACE is the new online trumpet hub for students, teachers, and performing players throughout the United States. The mission of this website is to provide an affordable listing tool for teachers, so that they can keep doing what they do best: teaching the next generation of trumpet players how to fanfare, flutter, and feel that jazzy rhythm.

One of the most difficult parts of being a trumpet teacher is finding private students. It seems that less and less musicians go into private teaching because not enough students want to take private lessons. The truth is, they don’t know where to find us!

Whether you choose to teach virtually or in person, TRUMPET PLACE provides the platform for students to find you where you are. Help parents learn about your location, your schooling, credentials, and any other information to help them make a decision.

You’ll even get your own fancy webpage, right here at TrumpetPlace.com!




Freedom for Musicians Supports – Save East Sussex Music Service

East Sussex County Council are proposing to cut the instrumental service.

East Sussex Music provides music tuition for over 7000 children in 92% of East Sussex schools.

More than 3000 children have tuition from the instrumental service.  Their inspirational teachers enable children from low income backgrounds, from rural areas, in challenging circumstances or with special educational needs or disability to learn.  Their progress and achievement in learning an instrument and participating with others also helps them develop life skills to enable them grow their aspirations in all walks of life .

Thousands of lives have been inspired and transformed by this service.  Don’t let our children pay for East Sussex County Council’s financial choices brought about by government cuts to public services.

What can you do?

Sign the petition

Join the Facebook campaign

Write to your MP or councillor to demand that East Sussex County Council  look at the many alternative proposals already submitted

Share your personal story of how learning a musical instrument changed your life or the lives of family and friends

Tweet your story using #SaveESMS #saveourservice @eastsussexCC

Rally with us at one of our events

Bang the drum for music

Sussex by the Sea

28 April, 4pm, Eastbourne Bandstand

Join BBC Principal Trumpet player, Alan Thomas in rousing choruses of Sussex by the Sea.

Protest

30 April, 9:30am County Hall Lewes

Samba and more.  Bring a drum and join parents and students as Cllr Bob Standley decides #thinkagainbob

May Day Parade

7 May, 11am, Hyde Gardens Eastbourne

We lead the parade with bands and more to march through the town ending at the Wish Tower slopes for picnics and speeches

Ouse day

I July, 2pm, River Ouse Lewes

Help us ‘rock the boat’ at the raft race

Details on the website

Contact us:
saveeastsussexmusic@gmail.com
www.saveeastsussexmusic.com

#SaveESMS #ThinkAgainBob



3 key risks to cultural education in the UK

Anna Gower

Music Education Consultant | Trinity College London | Musical Futures International

The government believes that cultural education forms an important part of a broad and balanced curriculum, and that children and young people should be provided with an engaging variety of cultural experiences throughout their time at school. Policy Paper, cultural education DFE, July 2013

This week I was asked what I thought were the main challenges in the UK facing those of us who support a holistic cultural and arts education within our schools and local communities.

The obvious answers would of course include cuts to local authority budgets and national funding, which are now affecting some of the biggest arts venues in London as well as community venueslibraries and museumsacross the UK.

Or the EBACC, which as this article from Deborah Annetts, chief executive of Incorporated Society of Musicians and founder of the Bacc for the Future campaign suggests, negates the potential impact of the recently announced £96m of funding, promised to support the most gifted students with access to arts education. Music for a few not for many.

But in answer to the question I chose the following:

  1. The risk of forgetting those at the very end of the journey to opening access to arts education-the students.

In the UK there are a huge range of organisations all wanting the same things. To find ways to open up access to the arts for all. Many of these focus on work with teachers and schools. However, the danger is that funding can quickly be eroded by getting people round a table to talk about the issues and reach agreement whilst actually making things happen takes much longer.

How can we ensure that initiatives and projects are needs-driven and learner-driven and that data is used not just to measure effectiveness, but to identify key areas where diminishing funding and support for arts education can have the maximum impact for those who need it most?

2) Communication.

It’s difficult to reach the people who can most easily affect change. Where are young people? They are in schools. Where are parents who are part of their local community? Many of them engage with schools.

Schools are a central and vital part of the local community and provide a huge opportunity to open up access to organisations trying to engage and work with local communities.

Yet we constantly hear of organisations trying to reach teachers and teachers trying to reach organisations and still a gulf that lies in finding the right language, the shared aims, the pressures of time and knowing how to reach the right people to make those conversations actually translate into practice.

It would be great to find ways to create more relationships that truly work in partnership and establish a balance that responds to local need and the sharing of expertise where it’s most needed. Without doing so then the challenge of communicating the right information to the right people in the right way remains a key barrier to making things happen.

3) Sustainability.

Many arts opportunities are often high quality, large-scale events and those who participate (or watch) never forget them. However many can be ‘one hit wonders’, expensive to run and once over, there is little evidence of or support for sustainability and impact over time.

The question of how to reach more people and to engage them for longer has long been a key focus for organisations looking for solutions to the challenges we face in the UK around arts and cultural education and opportunities in the current climate.

It’s great that there are structures in place that support collaboration and shared aims and values for arts and cultural education such as the Arts Council funded Bridge OrganisationsThe Music Education Council, the recently announced Youth Music National Alliance and the grass roots campaign to save East Sussex Music Service from threatened cuts.

But perhaps the greatest risk of all might be a failure of more arts organisations to find success in working together. If ever there was a time that this was needed, it’s now.

The Red Planet Orchestra – Changing the Status Quo of Film Scores



Conceived and conducted by Vincent Rees, the Red Planet Orchestra combine classical composition with a contemporary structure of electronic ambient music.

With sound artist Pete Smith, the Red Planet Orchestra has accumulated a growing body of work both rich in invention and subtlety. A sound palette of future memories and past dreams. Each release has created a landscape of intense serenity.

Their debut album, Aurora Symphony, was warmly received and now a firm favourite among fans – All albums feature original artwork conceived by Belgium artist Nicolas Crombez.

The Red Planet Orchestra continue to compose music for emerging film soundtracks such as the brilliant ‘Gorka’

Albums
Aurora Symphony – 2013
Secrets of Eternity – 2013
We Breathe Together-2014
States of Space -2014
The Angry Silence -2014
Time of Dark Consequences – 2016
Contamination – 2016

Red Planet Orchestra
Contact Red Planet Orchestra at bandcamp.com