Three years of conceptual work, more than one year of founding, and almost half a year in developing later, it is time to look at where C3S stands now – the fellowship that started with the vision of shaping and building a modernized collecting society. The aim has changed from just enabling members of the collecting society to make use of Creative Commons licensing. Now, it stands for full fledged flexible licensing, voting rights only for creators, fair distribution of royalties, comprehensive transparency and re-thinking music industry. The advantage of being a collecting society’s member has to become available for even those who tend to avoid them. Because the strength of a community representing today’s musicians’ interests, allowing them to join the market and make a living from their music is in strong demand. But, there’s loads of work to be done, and the administrational process to be granted the licence to work as a collecting society in Germany is complex and blurred. Since June and August 2014, tasks and challenges are getting much more precise and focused. It is the transition from concept to prototype. Expect to be introduced to the challenges of building C3S which aims at offering an alternative to GEMA – and beyond. Expect to learn how C3S works hard to meet the challenges. Expect to see how the initiators of C3S are strictly following their goal to involve the community. Last but not least, you will get to know what to expect when from C3S, and to whom it’s recommendable to join C3S – and when.