Music Player Network (www.musicplayernetwork.com), the cutting-edge internet community dedicated to those creating, performing, and enjoying music, is now owned by the people who set the standard in music-oriented online communities. Established in 2000, but tracing its roots back even further to Craig Anderton’s ground-breaking “Sound, Studio, and Stage” site on AOL, MPN has grown to include discussion forums that cover a vast selection of music-related topics. Continuing the site’s enviable reputation for credibility, all forum moderators are hand-picked industry experts.
Owned by diverse corporate interests over the years, MPN was acquired by Future plc from NewBay Media in 2018. Future immediately realized that MPN was unique, and generously returned ownership to its creators. According to Stuart Williams, Brand Director of Music at Future plc,“After consulting with MPN staff and carefully evaluating our options, we came to the decision that MPN would be best served in the hands of the people who had created it. We know it will flourish under their guidance, and wish the community the very best for the coming years.”
Already, MPN has implemented several improvements that take advantage of the latest advances in forum technology, added exciting new communities and moderators, and rebooted legacy forums for a new generation of participants. Managing Director David Bryce states, “Forum members regard MPN as a home away from home, and it was of paramount importance to keep that congenial, helpful feel intact. We remain committed to the ‘by musicians, for musicians’ philosophy that has been key to the site’s success and longevity. Based on the response to the recent changes, that’s exactly what’s needed in today’s world.”
MPN will celebrate its 20-year anniversary in 2020. Several events and additions to the site are planned in recognition of the event. Please visit www.musicplayernetwork.com for more information, and to join the internet’s most vital music community.