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Seeds of Kindness: Building Bridges Charity Album

Postby Telofy » 17 Jun 2015 03:21

Hi Everyone,

Thanks to your great work, Shine Together has been a great success and has raised over $10,000 for the Against Malaria Foundation. Many thanks to all of you! The fundraiser will continue while we’re working on our next Bronies for Good charity album:

Charity Album: Seeds of Kindness: Building Bridges

Bronies for Good is pleased to announce its fifth Seeds of Kindness charity album, Building Bridges. Musicians, heed our call!

Over the years, Bronies for Good has raised over $200,000 for various impactful charity projects, thanks to the creative contributions of the fandom's many talented musicians and artists, and the generosity of thousands of fans who want to make the world a better place.

Our new fundraiser will launch in November, along with the album, and all funds will benefit the highly effective prevention program of the Against Malaria Foundation.

The Music

The Seeds of Kindness albums feature hours of music from both up and coming artists and old time fandom favorite musicians alike. You can download our previous releases from our fundraiser page.

The albums encompass genres from dance to orchestral to ska to rock to 80s metal to hip-hop, and include contributions from musicians such as EileMonty, Feather, Forest Rain, So Great and Powerful, and Carbon Maestro.

The Theme

Our new album theme, epitomized by the title of Building Bridges, is global empathy: There is a vanguard among us who care equally about feeling beings of all species and countries—no matter how different they are or how far away—and who want all of them to thrive.

We want to make our new album a testament to an altruism that extends beyond the bounds of countries and species, an altruism that stands up for everyone no matter where, an altruism that inspires action!

The Charity

Over 200 million people contract malaria every year, the death toll is equivalent to half a dozen plane crashes every day, and many who survive are locked in poverty due to expensive treatments. It is a permanent catastrophe. It is also easily preventable. As the infected mosquitoes mostly bite at night, it can be prevented with cheap, long-lasting insecticidal nets. As little as $3 buys a net that will protect two people for three to four years and contribute the permanent elimination of the disease. The efficiency of the intervention has been thoroughly proven. The Against Malaria Foundation stands out in particular because of their strong track record and commitment to efficiency, program monitoring, and transparency.

Instructions for Musicians

The Timeline

Soft deadline: October 1, 2015
Hard deadline: November 1, 2015
Release date: November 22, 2015

What to Submit

[*]Pony and nonpony songs are equally welcome.
[*]No copyrighted material can be used, and we cannot accept entries that remix, sample, or cover the show either. (Sorry!)
[*]Submitting a remix requires the composers’ permission.
[*]Collabs are encouraged!
[*]There is no genre restriction besides common sense. Don’t make anything angry, creepy, or overly depressing (but sad is fine) and your song should have no problem fitting in.
[*]There is no set length restriction, and most importantly, short songs are just as welcome as longer pieces are. Don’t stretch your song solely to fit a given length—this was perhaps the most common issue with entries for the previous albums!
[*]You can submit as many songs as you want (within reason). Two songs from the same artist can get in without any problem, but over that number (not counting collabs), we might only take the best two of them.

How to Submit

Please send an email to smile.bfg@gmail.com, with the subject “[BB]” followed by your artist name, and include the following:

[*]An MP3 file without the artist’s name in its title or metadata, hosted on a service that offers streaming (preferably Mediafire). Please make sure to take the sharing link rather than copy-pasting from your URL bar. You may check your link by accessing it while logged out, e.g., using private browsing.
[*]A lossless file (preferably FLAC or AIFF) also hosted on a service like Mediafire. We tend to see a lot of Dropbox links dying when we need them, so please be careful.
[*]The title, your preferred artist name, a link for credit (YouTube channel, Soundcloud, etc.), and lyrics if applicable.

Things You Should Know

[*]For the sake of musicians who submit their songs early, there is a set release date.
[*]We recommend that you submit before the “soft deadline” so we can still give feedback on tracks that are close to making the cut.
[*]You may release your song as soon as the album is out but link the fundraiser instead of a direct MP3 download.
[*]We will continue to trust our fans to donate to download the album.
[*]You can upload your song on YouTube when the album is released, but please do not make your song public until then. However, feel free to upload previews or ask for feedback!

If you have any questions, you can email us at smile.bfg@gmail.com or ask in this thread.
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Re: Seeds of Kindness: Building Bridges Charity Album

Postby Dreamland200 » 18 Jun 2015 01:28

Question: How come you guys would rather prefer FLAC and/or AIFF files for this album?
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Re: Seeds of Kindness: Building Bridges Charity Album

Postby sdoggingsworth » 18 Jun 2015 13:05

We try to keep it in a standard as possible and just because it's easier to format it when it's consistent, but a WAV is just as good. We have worked with them before. It gets trickier when we get more obscure formats.
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Re: Seeds of Kindness: Building Bridges Charity Album

Postby GhostXb » 18 Jun 2015 20:54

Hell yeah! I'm in 100%. This has always been my favorite community album!
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Re: Seeds of Kindness: Building Bridges Charity Album

Postby FLAOFEI » 20 Jun 2015 05:54

You have a no copyright material, but you do not mention parodies. Can you write a parody to the melody of a track from the show?
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Re: Seeds of Kindness: Building Bridges Charity Album

Postby CarbonMaestro » 24 Jun 2015 22:22

From what I know from past charity albums, I think the song that you make must be original. Derivatives are in an iffy gray area legal-wise. Best if you make your song from scratch. :)
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Re: Seeds of Kindness: Building Bridges Charity Album

Postby sleumas2000 » 15 Jul 2015 09:38

Ooh, I think I might just enter this
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Re: Seeds of Kindness: Building Bridges Charity Album

Postby Viricide Filly » 30 Sep 2015 07:35

Yeah I'll probably do some chillout thing for this a-la woob or boards of canada
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Re: Seeds of Kindness: Building Bridges Charity Album

Postby The Official Derpy » 01 Oct 2015 04:29

I'll give this a try. It seems like it's for a good cause.
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