All you need to do to become a Friend of Folkways is to give a continuing monthly donation to the label, a portion of which will be paid out directly to artists as royalties. The minimum contribution is $5 per month, but you can choose to give more (for example, $5, $20, $50, $100, or any other amount you prefer). As a thank you, you will be given unlimited access to stream all of the available titles in the Smithsonian Folkways catalog straight from our website, including all its subsidiary labels such as Arhoolie, Folk-Legacy, Paredon, and more. The ability to discover not only a new favorite song, but entire worlds of music and sound that you may have never encountered before, is right at your fingertips. From bluegrass to gamelan to jigs to poetry, the catalog offers countless avenues of exploration. The full amount of your contribution is tax-deductible. Read our Terms and Conditions to learn more.
Smithsonian Folkways is committed to supporting new artists, as well as highlighting historical works that illuminate the past and help us understand the complicated present. We offer the liner notes for every album as a free resource to the public, along with lesson plans and other tools for educators. As the music industry further consolidates under the control of large technology conglomerates and venture capital firms, we need you to help us maintain the independence you value, the independence that affords Smithsonian Folkways its unique position as a mission driven record label, and which has been key to the Folkways ethos since Moses Asch founded the label in 1948. Most of all, we need your help to support artists to ensure they make a decent living and can continue their own important work.
Become a Friend of Folkways today and open your ears to the world of sound contained in our storied catalog, knowing that you’re supporting our work, and our artists, for years to come.