The Austin Public Library is launching a new streaming music platform that will feature commercial-free, curated music from Central Texas artists. To celebrate the launch, the library is hosting a day of free live music at the Central Library on Nov. 4. The party will include performances from Dale Watson, Ms. Lavelle White, Money Chicha and more.
The new service, dubbed Electric Lady Bird, will accept submissions from local artists who would like their music featured on the platform beginning Nov. 1. Artists are invited to submit one to three full-length original tracks for consideration. According to the library's website, a panel of music industry insiders will select the top 50 submissions "based on quality, diversity, regional promotional activity, and general connection to the Austin music scene."
Musicians working in all genres are invited to submit music, but only albums that were produced in the last two years and are at least 15 minutes long will be eligible.
Artists who are selected will be awarded a $200 stipend in exchange for granting the library non-exclusive rights to stream their music for a three-year period.