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Origin Russia Moscow, Russia
Years active 2004–present
Associated acts EXIT project
Black Obelisk
Umka and Bronevik
Olive Mess
Website FREE!MUSIC web site

FREE!MUSIC is a freeware music non-profit organization founded in Russia in 2004, involved in the free distribution of music for commercial and non-commercial purposes.[1]


The idea to begin the project came after the freeware music compilation OpenMusic was released,[citation needed] which was an Ogg Vorbis-encoded compilation under a liberal license, distributed in a box with the ALT Linux Master 2.0. software. The compilation included compositions of such well-known Russian acts as Umka and Bronevik, Rada i Ternovnik, Maleriya, Jah Division, and others. Although the founders of the OpenMusic project parted, OpenMusic continued its existence with the support of Henry Sheppard and Alyona Lazareva.

In 2004 after an internet discussion, Roman Smirnov and Valery Mifodovsky (members of EXIT project), Mikhail Bykov, and Alexander Prokudin decided to start the FREE!MUSIC project. In the beginning of December 2005, in cooperation with the ALT Linux and 1C companies, the first compilation of freeware music under the FREE!MUSIC declaration was released.

Currently, the project is expanding to include bands mainly from the Commonwealth of Independent States giving their music to the project. Famous bands giving material to the project include EXIT project, Black Obelisk, Umka and Bronevik and Olive Mess.


The FREE!MUSIC declaration is a declaration under which the artists agree that the music they give to the website could be used by anybody for any purpose.


  1. ^ "About project". Free!Music Project (website). Accessed September 2010.

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