A new distribution network forms.
National Campus and Community Radio Association/l’Association nationale des radios étudiantes et communautaires (“NCRA/ANREC”) and National Federation of Community Broadcasters (“NFCB”) from the United States are happy to announce a partnership to allow NFCB members to use the !earshot Digital Distribution System (“!eDDS”) for discoverability of music in the United States of America.
!eDDS is an online platform that will allow both Canadian, and soon, American, musical artists, labels and distribution companies to upload recordings to be searched, reviewed, and downloaded by campus, community, and college radio stations.
“For years musicians have been frustrated with the cost and inability to communicate with non-profit radio stations. With over 100 unique labels and artists signing up to the system in less than a month of its release, we are confident this meets a need in the Canadian market, and in 2019 we are thrilled to be able to help service the American market too” -Barry Rooke NCRA/ANREC Executive Director.
The goal of the project is to enhance the networks of broadcasters and listeners by using the !eDDS system, developed to distribute musical content to radio stations. Once fully developed, !eDDS will reach over 200 campus, community and college radio stations across Canada and the United Stations, giving both stations and their volunteer programmers access to new and unique content not found on commercial radio. It will replace the current physical and digital distribution methods used to allow access to high-quality, broadcast approved music with easy discoverability and custom systems that support both the music and broadcast sector.
In the coming months, NFCB will be working with the NCRA/ANREC to make sure the platform is ready for launch into the United States market at the completion of Phase Three development (expected mid-2019)