Blog post week 2019-33 - new donation and membership platform

What has happened since last time?

Part of the team was on vacation recently, which is why you haven't heard from us. But we come with big news!

Our new donation platform is live!

For almost a year now, we've been asking for your financial support on Open Collective.

We chose this platform because it was easy to set up, supported recurring payments and, at the time, offered an option for anonymous payment (without an Open Collective account).

However, the ability to donate anonymously disappeared a few months later, and people started to ask for more diverse payment means, such as SEPA wiretransfers.

It quickly became evident that if we wanted to grow, we would need a bank account, which in turn implies the need for a legal structure to support the project.

It took us six months, but our collective was incorporated in June and today, we're proud to announce that we're ready to receive your donations directly by credit cards and SEPA transfers!

Benefits of this new system include:

  • no need to create an account to send your donation
  • lower transaction fees compared to Open Collective

We don't support recurring donation by credit cards, but you can setup a recurring SEPA transfer. Our Open Collective page will remain open as we have no plans to shut it down.

If you want to help the project financially, you can visit

Thank you for your support!

You can now become a member of The Funkwhale Collective

In addition to the new donation platform, you can now register to become a member of our collective.

We chose to let people decide the amount of the yearly fee, starting at €1, so you can join at the amount of money you can or want to give.

As a member of our association, you get to join our yearly General Assemblies, vote in the important decisions (assuming you are a member for more than at least a year), and contribute to the governance of the project.

Membership is also needed if you want to be elected to one the various decisions bodies.

Our next General Assembly will take place at the end of Q3 2020, so we recommend signing up as member now if you want to cast votes.

Redesign of the sidebar / navigation

A proposal was made last week that could improve the user experience by redesigning the sidebar navigation, queue and player controls.

You can see screenshots submitted by @mjourdan here. You’re welcome to join in and give us your feedback on this :)

Funkwhale Development : Designing Artist profiles

There are some new developments on this feature, as someone is willing to contribute to the implementation.

We've launched a poll to ensure we didn't forget anything critical, and it's still open for a few days, so remember to cast your vote!

Moderation and reports

Implementation of this feature started earlier this week. It is the last big feature scheduled for the 0.20 roadmap. If you're interested, you can follow the progress on this fediverse thread.

By @Funkwhale in Announcement