It's that time of year again.
Apr. 5, 2021
It's April, which means we're nearing the end of our budget year. Why April? A long time ago we used to pay our stream hosting bill for an entire year. The first time we could do that was in May, which meant the next bill would come due at the end of April. We don't do things quite that way anymore, but we still use the month of April to try and raise our entire operating budget for the next 12 months.
For 17 years, now, we've taken this month to ask our listeners to consider how much Organlive, Positively Baroque, The Organ Experience and the other projects of the Organ Media Foundation mean to them. Compared to operating a terrestrial broadcast station, our expenses are very small, but the expenses are there. Our largest monthly expense covers the cost of our two servers used to send the music out to you and the bandwidth required to make sure there anyone who wishes to tune in can do so and receive a clear, signal. Currently we require more than 320 gigabytes per day, and that amount grows as we expand and new listeners find our stations.
Our second largest expense, and one of the most uncomfortable adjustments we've had to make is to the music licensing agencies, SESAC, ASCAP, BMI, and SoundExchange. When the current rates for webcasters went into effect in 2016, rates for small webcasters went up so much that many, including Live365, where Organlive started, stopped playing music altogether. Our overall costs to run our stations has risen significantly in the past three years, but thanks to the generosity of our listeners, we've been able to continue on.
We have already approached most of you, several of you have renewed your support, and even increased it over previous years. If you're in this group, then thank you for stepping forward. If you haven't yet, keep reading.
We see more than 25,000 different listeners tuning in from all over the world every month. Unfortunately, we know we can't expect help from all of them, but if even just a quarter of those listeners gave a single dollar, we would be done with fundraising. You don't have to give a lot, our contribution levels start at just $1. How much is a full year of commercial-free access to the music of the classical organ worth to you?
- $1000 - Foundation
- $500 - Double Open
- $250 - Principal
- $100 - Octave
- $50 - Gedeckt
- $25 - Gamba
- $10 - Nazard
- $5 - Piccolo
- $1 - Sifflote
These are just suggestions, you may donate any amount you choose. All sponsors are recognized on our Donors Page. Perhaps this is the year you move up a level to help keep Organlive broadcasting?
If a one-time donation is a bit much for you right now, you can reach any level of sponsorship by making a monthly payment. PayPal can automatically send us a small amount each month. These monthly contribution amounts start at $1 and go up to $40.
All the contributions are made to the Organ Media Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which may make your contribution tax-deductible.
So how can you help?
To contribute, simply go to our Support page and select a level at which you would like to contribute. You will be taken to a PayPal page where you can check out securely and safely. You can also contribute to the Foundation by check or money order. The information to do that is also on that page.
And remember, the more we raise through our website, email, and social media, the less we have to interrupt our broadcast to ask for help, and the sooner we reach our goal, the sooner our broadcast returns to normal!
Thank you for reading this. Now it's your turn to help us keep the music of the organ alive!
Dec. 3, 2020
It's that time again! December has here and that part of our library that gets put away with the Christmas decorations each year is back online and available for request. If you search for your Advent and Christmas favorites, they will now appear in the search results. Our Album list contains a separate list of albums that only appear this time of year. You'll need to go all the way down to the bottom to see them. Throughout the month, you'll be hearing more and more of music of the season each day, so tune in to Organlive every day and let us help make your season bright!
And if you're one of those people that can't get enough holiday music, our annual pop-up station Organlive Christmas is back online and streaming, complete with a new website and web-based player. There we play Christmas organ music 24 hours a day. It will be online throughout the month, and throughout the Christmas season. Go listen today if you need a holiday boost!
Have a great Holiday Season, and thanks for listening!
HTML5 player not working
Jul. 20, 2020
A number of listeners have noticed that the HTML 5 player no longer works in their browser. This has only been a problem with Chrome and the new Edge browser, which is based on Chrome. An update went out to these browsers that causes a conflict with our streaming. The content at Organlive.com is served over a secure HTTPS connection. This helps keep your username, password, and email secure. The audio stream that the website gathers the audio from is served over an unencoded HTTP connection. This is because the data is one-way, there is nothing of your personal information included in that stream, and encoding the data adds unnecessary overhead to the streaming process. The latest versions of these browsers do not like to mix HTTPS and HTTP, so it ignores the audio stream.
How to fix it? It's not difficult. First, for Edge, click on Settings from the menu in the top right, and then select Site permissions on the left side. Scroll all the way down to click on Insecure content. Next to Allow, click add, and then put http://play.organlive.com:7000 in the box (Htpp://play2.organlive.com:7000) for EU servers).Fixing this in Chrome is a little simpler. Go to Organlive.com (you're there now!), and click on the little Lock icon next to site URL in the browser address bar, and then click on Site Settings. From there scroll way down to Insecure Content, and just select allow on the right side. That's all you need to do there.
If you continue to experience any issues with our website or our streams, please feel free to Contact Us and let us know. Thanks for listening!
Get ready for a month of listening!
Feb. 29, 2020
Spring isn't quite here, yet, but we can feel the temperatures rising and see the dasy getting longer. To celebrate easing out of winter, we're going to spend the month of March celebrating with a different theme each day. Once again, we're doing 31 days of Organlive! Every day we're going to steer Organlive's programming toward a particular composer, country, or region, period, kind of like how The Organ Experience works, although these will be 24 hour blocks. Here's what you can expect to hear this month:
1 Our Sunday Best|
2 Organs in Europe
3 New organs
4 French Music
5 American Organs
6 New releases
7 Organs of Cavaille-Coll
8 Female Organists and Composers
9 Edwin H. Lemare
10 Organs of Texas, Missouri, Illinois, Michigan
11 Music from the British Isles
12 French Romantic
13 German and Dutch organs
14 English Romantic
15 Organs of E.M. Skinner
16 Organs of Massachusetts
17 Stuff we haven’t played in a while|
18 German Baroque
19 Nordic organs and music
20 Organbuilders that start with H
21 Johann Sebastian Bach
22 Everything French
23 Pro Organo CDs
24 Organs of Canada
25 Music from Italy
26 Most requested works
27 APOBA Organs
28 French and Belgian Organs
29 Albums we haven't played in a while
30 Early organs
31 Listener Favorites
Thanks for listening to Organlive, and thank you to our sponsors and supporters that have kept us broadcasting now into our 17th year!
It's starting to sound a lot like Christmas
Dec. 5, 2019
As we've entered the month of December, you will notice that the holiday portion of our library has come back online. If you search for your Advent and Christmas favorites, they will now appear in the search results. Our Album list contains a separate list of albums that only appear this time of year. You'll need to scoll all the way down to the bottom to see them.
We've tweaked our request system a little bit and it seems to be returning proper messages, now. Feel free to request any track from our library that you would like for us to play!
Have a great Holiday Season, and thanks for listening!
The holidays are approaching
Nov. 12, 2019
Once again, we're jumping in early and heading off questions from the impatient ones who want us to start our Christmas broadcast and to start including the hidden part of our library that only comes out at the end of the year. On December 1st (or thereabouts) you'll begin hearing seasonal works in the regular Organlive broadcast. We start slow, but increase the amount as we get closer to the end of the month. Those tracks will be available to request then, as well. Keep watching here for more information!
But, for those who can't get enough, our pop-up station Christmas Organlive is back. That's where we play only the Christmas and Advent portions of our library. Just like Organlive, it's free and easy to tune in. Just visit the xmas.organlive.com.