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Release Date: 10/28/2016

Playback: Second Submission Period Opens Nov. 7 for The Seattle Public Library's New Local Music Collection

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Earlier this year, The Seattle Public Library launched an online Seattle music collection called PlayBack. It started with 50 albums of music by local artists that are available for free download and streaming. Now, the second submission period will open for local artists to add their music to the Library's ever-expanding collection of Seattle music.

 

The submission period will be open Monday, Nov. 7 through 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 21. To submit music to The Seattle Public Library's PlayBack platform, visit www.spl.org/playback. Submissions will only be accepted online. The preferred file types are FLAC, WV and AIFF. Other accepted file types are MP3, AAC and Ogg Vorbis. The next submission period will open in spring 2017.

 

All Seattle-area musicians who record or perform in the city of Seattle are invited to submit a music album. The album must contain four or more songs and have been produced within the last five years. If an album is accepted, the artist will receive an honorarium of $200. Selected albums in the PlayBack collection will be discoverable through the Library's online catalog and highlighted through the Library's social media channels. Artists will also have opportunities to perform live at Library events.

 

The Library seeks works that reflect the rich variety of genres represented in Seattle's music scene. Broad and inclusive submission criteria is detailed on PlayBack's Information for Artists page. This new music collection is intended to reflect the diversity and abundance of Seattle's music scene.

 

"We're curating a unique collection highlighting local talent while building new relationships and partnerships in support of local artists," said Andrew Harbison, assistant director for Collections and Access Services at the Library.

 

The jury for the second submission period includes:

  • Tim Lennon, executive director of the Vera Project and music commissioner for the City of Seattle
  • Jonathan Zwickel, senior editor at City Arts
  • Liz Riley Tollefson, founder of and contributor to Three Imaginary Girls
  • Sharlese Metcalf, KEXP DJ for local music program Audioasis
  • Kreg Hasegawa, adult librarian at The Seattle Public Library and project lead
  • Meira Jough, program coordinator at The Seattle Public Library

 

Funding for PlayBack has been made possible with the generous support of The Seattle Public Library Foundation.

 

For more information, visit www.spl.org/playback, call 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian.


For more information contact:

Andra Addison, communications director
206-386-4103


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