How to Contribute

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There are a number of ways that you can contribute to the MusicBrainz project. You might contribute money, or put effort into entering or moderating data, writing code, design, testing, or documentation.

Data

Adding Data

There are several ways that you can contribute data to MusicBrainz:

Maintaining Data

While new data is important to MusicBrainz, our existing data can always use further improvement as well, both to correct mistakes and as new information becomes available, style guidelines change or are added to, or new server features are implemented.

To help maintain the existing data, use the search page to find information to review. If you spot mistakes, missing data, or duplicate data in the database, then please use the Edit, Delete and Merge links on the artist/album pages.

You can also subscribe to Artists, Labels, and other editors in order to keep yourself apprised of changes and to help with voting, and there are reports that deal with some specific sorts of data maintenance tasks. We also have some community projects that center around various needs.

Reviewing Data

Each change that's made to the database is entered into the MusicBrainz moderation system. MusicBrainz editors then have the opportunity to review these changes to make sure that they are correct and in accordance with our style guidelines, and to vote or comment on the changes.

Review and voting by other editors is important to ensure data entered into MusicBrainz is correct from the start! Check out Introduction to Editing and Introduction to Voting for more information on the editing and voting system, or go straight to the open edits or edit search to find edits to review.

Money

Donations

If you feel that MusicBrainz is a worthwhile effort, please consider contributing money to the MetaBrainz Foundation. The MetaBrainz Foundation is a 501.(c).3 tax-exempt non-profit based in California that operates the MusicBrainz project. All of your donations will be tax-deductible in the United States; you will receive a receipt to use with your taxes.

Your donations will be used to help cover the operating costs of the MusicBrainz project. This includes paying for ongoing expenses like hosting, hardware, maintaining a modest office in San Luis Obispo, California, and perhaps even paying a pittance to those working on developing MusicBrainz – if there is enough money in the budget to afford that!

To send money, please head to over to this dedicated page on the MetaBrainz web site.


Code / Design / Testing / Documentation

Last, but certainly not least, you may also contribute your various talents to the development of MusicBrainz. MusicBrainz is dedicated to the Open Source software development model, and thus the server and client libraries are available under the GPL (GNU General Public License) and LGPL (GNU Lesser General Public License), respectively.

No matter what, to jump in, join the MusicBrainz forums and come talk to us in IRC!