The main reason is that many of these performers are doing this for free. They love the idea, or they wouldn't have even responded to my emails.
Others are doing this because they just want Musopen to cover the cost of a professional recording studio, so they have a top-notch portfolio.
So most of the funds from this will be covering the concerti and recording studio costs, more than the "labor."
If you're a person that wants to share or use the music in any way in addition to listening to them, yes definitely. It's also a way for people unfamiliar with music to browse and explore Chopin's music for free. Otherwise you're right.
API for Chopin actually. And it will be if we make it:)
It'll be structured data:
listing of all his music with composition dates
links from each recording to his sheet music
list of major events in his life
wikipedia and liner notes about each piece
geographical information related to the music or events in his life
So people can try to do various things, node map, timelines. We have some of our own ideas we'd like to try.
I should add,/. was absolutely essential to the success of our first Kickstarter. I should release some info on our backers from the first time around, it's pretty interesting data. Suffice to say Slashdot referrals made up 30% of the total. So I guess I'm saying I'm counting on you:)
Thanks for the comment. Please feel free to shoot me an email at aaron [at] musopen.org and I'll see what we can do to improve it.
Keep in mind most of the things that are lacking like that are due to volunteer constraints, if we could get more time we could add quite a bit.