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OpenFolk seeks to promote alternative contexts for the music and art of the people and for the people.
It is clear that the music/art/media/entertainment "industry" is not representative, and in fact, is just using and abusing human nature/creativity. There is no broad choice or access to music and art via the mainstream media, and there are few opportunities for those who would like to make their creative work available to others.
OpenFolk is attempting to facilitate and implement a new model of music and art that is more integrated with our communities and lives. Basically, we don't need celebrities and we don't need the idol making machine. That's all hype for profit and greed.
Nevertheless, it is important to understand the present business of music and art so as not to be misinformed or technologically disadvantaged. The present system can be used as needed while the alternatives are worked out.
OpenFolk also facilitates artist development and exposure. The difference is that the artist/musician/writer should take ownership of their own creative, expressive, and promotional program. OpenFolk will provide free guidelines and the OpenFolk community will provide free support and opportunities.
Fee-based services will also be available to artists who need direct assistance with their projects. Basically, anything that requires the time, energy, and expertise of a facilitator will have to be paid for. These services include online and conventional promotion, as well as recording, photographic, and video services, and educational and development services.
For new developments and updates: http://www.openfolk.net
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