I want to set up a night of live Creative Commons music here in Los Angeles, California.
Musicians thrive on local community, and we can help Creative Commons music come into being by developing community in the physical world. In the same way that mixter helped to create more CC music online by providing a digital community, we can have more CC music in the physical world by providing physical community.
LA culture is very retro about copyright, and it's also a place where a disproportionate amount of creative work is made. This is a place that needs more advocacy.
As far as the event goes, any permissively licensed sources are fine, including public domain, but you have to be strict about the license status of your sources -- no fudging it. If you play original compositions, the composition itself (and not just a particular recording of it) has to be under a permissive license. There can't be anything which could conceivably bring BMI's or ASCAP's wrath down on the club.
"Live" is open to interpretation, too, given how much CC music is electronic, but I'll give preference to sounds made in real time.
I have a loose commitment on a venue in Silverlake for April or May, and if that falls through I know of another fine place that will probably give me a night.
Will it work? Who knows. I'm not making any promises, because this is really an experiment. But if you're around and you're interested send an email to my first name @ my last name.com. And feel free to pass along ideas, even if you're not local or not a musician.
If nothing comes of it this will be the last you hear of it. But if it happens I'll post again to say how things worked out.
Saturday, February 16, 2008