Artists selected as part of The Beat will also have the opportunity to perform in concerts which will be organized by The Bushnell and Hartford Public Library.
HARTFORD, Connecticut – The Hartford Public Library now offers an exclusive collection of diverse local music with the launch of The Beat, a streaming service that is actively seeking input from Hartford area artists.
The new music collection will be curated by the Hartford Public Library and a group of community curators from the Hartford music scene. Songs can be played online 24/7 through an easy-to-use digital music platform for all users and downloaded for later playback by Hartford Public Library card holders. The Beat can be accessed here.
“With other streaming platforms, it’s so much, it’s a little too saturated with content, but with The Beat, it’s slowly growing into a place where people can walk into the site and listen to music and know it’s from theirs. community, ”said Jonathan Barber, a local musician whose album is already on the platform.
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The Beat’s inaugural submission round is now open and will conclude on July 5th. Artists interested in being considered should upload three complete tracks representative of their overall work online. Musicians of all genres are encouraged to apply.
A jury will review the entries and select the albums to be included in the collection. Artists who have accepted their contributions will be asked to upload an entire album and sign a license agreement. They will receive a fee of $ 100 to $ 250 depending on the length of their album. The works must have been produced within the last five years. Up to 40 new albums per year will be accepted in several submission rounds.
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Artists selected as part of The Beat will also have the opportunity to perform in concerts which will be organized by The Bushnell and Hartford Public Library. The first concert of its kind is scheduled for July 17th at The Bushnell Courtyard.
“Hartford being the melting pot that it is, I think that’s what makes it so special. You have a small group of cities in the US that have such diversity that we have and I think ultimately diversity is very important and we need to make sure it’s represented. and these different genres that will be featured on The Beat will show it off, ”said Nygel White, production and engagement coordinator at the Hartford Public Library.
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