The Artist Union

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The Artist Union
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URL https://theartistunion.com/
Project status Closing
Archiving status Saved! (up to July 2019)
Not saved yet (content since July 2019)
Project source theartistunion-grab
Project tracker theartistunion
IRC channel #theabandonoftheartists (on EFnet)
Project lead luckcolors (luckcolor on irc)

The Artist Union is a music hosting site where artists can freely register and upload their work, allowing the users to download it via a simple login with SoundCloud in exchange for following the artist's account and posting a comment.

On 2020-07-23, the company announced that they would shut down on 2020-08-01.

Vital signs as of 2019

  • The site has been mostly been abandoned by both artists, users and the company maintaining it. Last updates on the company's social pages were in 2017. Links: Youtube SoundCloud Twitter Facebook
  • For accessing the site via mobile there used to be working apps for both Android and IOS, for some reason they seem to have disappeared on both platforms. The company has not released any official statement about this or to any users inquiring on the social pages. The site still redirects to broken pages where the apps should be.

Shutdown notice

On 2020-07-23, the company sent an email to all users[1][2]:

Artist Union: We're Winding Down

Dear Artist Union Community,

It's with sadness that we've decided to end the Artist Union. Thank you so much for your support over the years. We're grateful to have been a part of your artistic journey and are proud of all the music that was created.

We're planning to shut down our servicce on August 1st, 2020. Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns regarding this transition.

Best, Team Artist Union

Project Comments

  • The website is very slow to respond typically, producing numerous 502 error messages. The website also frequently crashes, concurrency of 300+ items/minute has been attained but only for a short time period. During 09:00 to 17:00 UTC (approx.) the website cannot handle a load greater than 10 concurrent. Overnight appears to be the best time for grabbing bulk data.

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