It’s one of our favorite times of the year. The Seattle Public Library is opened for submissions for their PlayBack music program!
While COVID has no doubt affected the majority of revenue streams for musicians (and eliminated many of the part time occupations that require making a living as a musician in the greater Seattle metro area), the Seattle Public Library is able to allocate funds to local artists in the music community. A rare opportunity to be paid to have your music placed on a consumption platform for any audience.
Each year, the PlayBack jury accepts 40-50 new albums from ALL music genres. Those selected will receive a $200 payment and will have their music showcased in an incredible format. Musicians can submit from now until November 30th.
- Local musicians, groups or singers are invited to submit their work.
- The PlayBack jury chooses 40 to 50 new albums to add to our collection from each open call.
- Selected artists sign a License Agreement and receive $200.
- Artists can submit one album per year.
- Submissions should be one song that best represents the album.
- Album must have been produced in the last 5 years.
- The album should have a minimum of 10 minutes of music (Albums typically include four songs or more).
- Submission’s audio quality should be a minimum of 256kbps.
- If the submission includes song covers, the original song must be available in the public domain or used under a creative commons license; or must have the legal right, in writing, to reproduce and perform the cover.
- If the artist or group is represented by a record label, the record label should confirm rights to submit to PlayBack.
- They prefer to receive submissions in one of the following file types: FLAC, WAV, and AIFF. They will also accept MP3, AAC, and Ogg Vorbis, (there is quality loss when these formats are transcoded for playback).
Note from PlayBack: Our PlayBack collection is inclusive and offers a broad variety of Seattle music. We welcome Seattle musicians of all backgrounds who are recording and performing in the Seattle area to submit your work. During the submission process, we will ask for your zip code and a statement on your relationship to the music scene in Seattle.
And to the people that are listeners and fans of the Seattle music scene. You can check support our Public Library and the music community alike by checking out their digital catalog here.