Happy new year: MetaBrainz reaches sustainability!

Now that the holidays are over its time to get back to work and kick MusicBrainz work back into high gear!

Its been my goal for many moons to make MetaBrainz self sufficient in order to not have to hold fundraisers in order to make ends meet. I’ve playing with these thoughts since 2002 when it looked like a business model could emerge with which to build a non-profit. And finally near the end of 2007 we reached this exciting milestone. Taking on new customers like Last.fm and the BBC made all the difference — we now have slightly more money coming in than we’re spending. We’re far from rich, but we’ve never been on more solid footing than this.

This gives me lots of hope for 2008! My plans now include trying to raise even more money so we can hire a full time server developer in order to make more progress on fixing bugs, writing new features and finally breaking ground on NGS. There is lots to do to keep things moving, but reaching sustainability is a strong vote of confidence from the universe that MusicBrainz and MetaBrainz may be up to something that could really work.

And that makes me smile. Onward!

P.S. Year end finances are more work to wrap up than usual. So, it will take longer than normal for me to post the finances for December and all of 2007.

6 thoughts on “Happy new year: MetaBrainz reaches sustainability!

  1. Oliver Charles

    Wow, this is incredible news! I really was not expecting this quite yet – glad to see that we’re doing so well 🙂

    And of course, hats off to all the editors and developers, let’s continue to make 2008 a great year for MB!

  2. cooperaa

    Congrats most especially to you, Robert, but also to all of the editors, developers, and anyone who has contributed to this project. I’m glad things are working out so well!

  3. Kevin Elliott

    Congratulations! You all deserve this reduction in stress for all the hard, selfless work you have put in over the years.

    I’m very excited to see what can become of MusicBrainz now that the non-profit organization is more stable.

    I have noticed recently, that the databases are much more useful, and meaningful these days. A year or so ago, I was unable to identify much of my library. Today, I have identified over 70%. Absolutely useful!

    Other than financially, is there anything else we can all do to assist?

    -Kevin

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