Playa Cofi is a beautiful beach and tropical glen on the small Caribbean Island of Vieques. We are located between the US Virgin Islands and the "Big Island" of Puerto Rico.
The music collection was started as a hobby to fill some of our quiet retirement hours. The selections were pulled together from a variety of sources over a number of years. Then they were arranged to provide the most listening pleasure for a few of us in a given age group.
Along the way we learned how to compress the music files and how to place them in playlists on an open website to share our musical heritage more widely.
We have been scrambling to keep up with demand ever since.
We have obtained the required internet licenses for all of the music. For the song writers and composers through Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI); and for the performing artists - we use the provisions of the statutory licence with royalty payments through SoundExchange, Inc. We report on the number of plays of the songs each quarter to each organization and pay fees to each - based on those plays - which BMI and SoundExchange then distribute to the interested parties.
We try to keep the music fresh by adding a new features and new genre when we can.
We use commercial web hosting because computer equipment does not last long in our tropical environment, and because here we lack access to the truly high speed internet connection needed for the streaming audio files we use.
Contributions from users help us pay for the music licensing and for the web hosting required. We also get some funding from Google Advertisements.
So enjoy the music - contribute if you can - and remember that it pleases us to know that our small efforts are pleasing you.
Marty, that jukebox link is killer! I am in the process of loading all my CD's (almost 500!) onto a hard drive to put in my safe so that if my house burns down I won't lose all my music. Most of it is from the 50's-80's with emphasis on the 70's. This site helps me list things to fill in the gaps in my collection!