World Fusion Radio is creating Internet Radio
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What the heck is World Fusion Radio?

I started WorldFusionRadio.com in 2003, embracing the new medium of Internet Radio after four years doing a show on terrestrial radio. World Fusion Radio is the oldest and largest radio station dedicated to world fusion music featuring a wide variety of artists (over 5,000) from many countries. Sometimes called "World Beat," world fusion is music that blends rhythms, melodies, instruments, and styles of multiple cultures. There are many flavors of world fusion music as the possible combinations are infinite. This is music far beyond the mainstream. You won't hear these artists anywhere else, and once you've heard them, you'll wonder why. World Fusion Radio is different but it is all great music from quality, innovative artists who just don't receive the exposure they deserve from corporate mainstream radio.  WorldFusionRadio.com has two streams: Global Chillout where you can hear mellow chill, lounge, and groove, and World Revolutions where you can hear upbeat dance and techno.

Okay, what do you need us for?

Well, more than anything, I want you to enjoy the music from all of these great artists, but it costs a lot of money to run an independent Internet radio station and because I do not play mainstream music, I do not attract corporate advertising revenue. I have never made a profit running the station. Because I am currently a PhD student in political philosophy, I don't have a lot of money. I receive some donations from my small but dedicated audience and have absorbed the station costs for years but things have changed and I need to raise some steady revenue to maintain the station.

What changed?

In January 2016, the music corporations raised licensing fees for Internet Radio stations by 265%, and then another 20% in January 2017. I suspect their reason is that the recording industry wants to kill off independent Internet Radio stations so they can control what music gets played, which they can if all that remains are the corporate music Web sites. I have heard that some independent stations shut down already because they cannot afford to continue. It is sad. I want to keep going if I can.

So what does the future hold?

Licensing rates might increase again soon, because the music industry is still looking for ways to squeeze out independent operators. But I remain optimistic about the future. WorldFusionRadio.com has survived for nearly 13 years and I want to continue this labor of love. If I can just get some steady financial backing for the station I can not only stop worrying about money but I can look to making some long needed improvements. I would like to finally hire someone to design a professional-looking Web site. I would like to finally add a third stream of world fusion ambient music.

Thank you for helping World Fusion Radio keep the music alive. Your support helps pay the artists and lets their beautiful music reach new listeners.



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 Thanks for helping keep the music alive.  
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You receive the monthly e-newsletter and an audio mention of your name on the streams where thousands worldwide will hear about your support.
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What the heck is World Fusion Radio?

I started WorldFusionRadio.com in 2003, embracing the new medium of Internet Radio after four years doing a show on terrestrial radio. World Fusion Radio is the oldest and largest radio station dedicated to world fusion music featuring a wide variety of artists (over 5,000) from many countries. Sometimes called "World Beat," world fusion is music that blends rhythms, melodies, instruments, and styles of multiple cultures. There are many flavors of world fusion music as the possible combinations are infinite. This is music far beyond the mainstream. You won't hear these artists anywhere else, and once you've heard them, you'll wonder why. World Fusion Radio is different but it is all great music from quality, innovative artists who just don't receive the exposure they deserve from corporate mainstream radio.  WorldFusionRadio.com has two streams: Global Chillout where you can hear mellow chill, lounge, and groove, and World Revolutions where you can hear upbeat dance and techno.

Okay, what do you need us for?

Well, more than anything, I want you to enjoy the music from all of these great artists, but it costs a lot of money to run an independent Internet radio station and because I do not play mainstream music, I do not attract corporate advertising revenue. I have never made a profit running the station. Because I am currently a PhD student in political philosophy, I don't have a lot of money. I receive some donations from my small but dedicated audience and have absorbed the station costs for years but things have changed and I need to raise some steady revenue to maintain the station.

What changed?

In January 2016, the music corporations raised licensing fees for Internet Radio stations by 265%, and then another 20% in January 2017. I suspect their reason is that the recording industry wants to kill off independent Internet Radio stations so they can control what music gets played, which they can if all that remains are the corporate music Web sites. I have heard that some independent stations shut down already because they cannot afford to continue. It is sad. I want to keep going if I can.

So what does the future hold?

Licensing rates might increase again soon, because the music industry is still looking for ways to squeeze out independent operators. But I remain optimistic about the future. WorldFusionRadio.com has survived for nearly 13 years and I want to continue this labor of love. If I can just get some steady financial backing for the station I can not only stop worrying about money but I can look to making some long needed improvements. I would like to finally hire someone to design a professional-looking Web site. I would like to finally add a third stream of world fusion ambient music.

Thank you for helping World Fusion Radio keep the music alive. Your support helps pay the artists and lets their beautiful music reach new listeners.



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Thanks for helping keep the music alive.
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 Thanks for helping keep the music alive.  
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You receive the monthly e-newsletter and an audio mention of your name on the streams where thousands worldwide will hear about your support.