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Fundraising platform that raises money from rare sounds

Fundraising platform that raises money from rare sounds

The Global Sound Movement has launched an online sample library that enables music producers to make use of extremely rare and exotic instruments and sounds, and returns the money made through their downloads to the communities the sounds come from. 

Following a recent visit to Uganda with London-based charity Sound Foundation, the group, which comprises academics and students from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), created the sample library to be used in two online samplers: Logic’s EXS24 and Native Instrument’s Kontakt.

Recorded in hi-resolution, the library is made up of sounds from rare hand-built instruments and the local environment, providing audio collections that capture the sounds and ambiance of Uganda. The sounds are royalty free and can be used commercially by the music industry. The library consists of more than 240 audio loops and over 2.5GB worth of environmental recordings.

One hundred per cent of the money generated by sample library downloads, minus just the payment platform costs, is given back to the communities from which the sounds were recorded through Sound Foundation, to help to fund the economic growth of these areas.

The sample library is an ongoing project for the Global Sound Movement, and one that the group plans to expand following trips to Cyprus and China next year.

Phil Holmes, senior lecturer in music production at UCLan said:

“The aim is to connect communities through music, and it’s a win-win situation – the communities receive income from the sales of the libraries and the music industry gets high-quality, unique sounds that can be used in new material.”


Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via

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