4 P.M. INTERVIEW: Sawdust City Sounds

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU)— The L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in Eau Claire is seeking local musicians for its new online streaming and download platform.
It's called Sawdust City Sounds.
News Release:
The L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in Eau Claire is seeking local musicians for its new online streaming and download platform, Sawdust City Sounds. Artists of all genres are encouraged to submit their music for consideration from now through Sunday, January 13. Library staff and local music experts will select up to 25 albums that will be available through Sawdust City Sounds.
Over the last several years, the library has been placing an added emphasis on the work of local content makers of all types. “We began by showcasing the work of local and regional authors with our Local Authors Collection last year, added a Local Music Collection of music CDs this year, and a Local Artists Collection of art reproductions is currently under development,” says library director, Pamela Westby. “The library has always offered access to the work of local artists, of course, but these curated collections have been extremely helpful for people who are interested in local culture and looking for an introduction to the scene.”
To ensure that Sawdust City Sounds hosts a wide variety of music representing the current Eau Claire music scene, there are a few requirements for work to be considered:
• The collection will be limited to albums produced since January 1, 2014.
• Albums must have at least 7 tracks to be considered.
• A maximum of one album will be accepted per musical act each selection period.
• If a musician is in more than one musical act, each musical act can submit to be part of the collection.
• The collection will include music from musicians currently performing and/or based in the Eau Claire area.
• The minimum audio quality accepted will be 256kbps.
• The collection will include song covers only if the original song is available in the public domain, or under a creative commons license, or if the musician has obtained the legal right, in writing, to reproduce and perform the cover.
All submissions will be reviewed by a team of jurors from a variety of musical backgrounds. From the submissions that have met the above criteria, the selection committee will select and share music representing the diversity of musical genres that make up Eau Claire’s music scene.
Thanks to the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library Endowment Fund, a $200 honorarium will be offered for each album that is selected. While artists will give the library permission to share their music on the Sawdust City Sounds platform for at least one year, the artists will retain all rights to their work.
The new online music platform will open up digital access to local music, helping listeners find what they’re looking for, and musicians build their fan base. Sawdust City Sounds is scheduled to launch later in spring of 2019. Anyone will be able to stream the music, and L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library cardholders will be able to download songs for free. If you are interested in submitting music for consideration, please visit www.sawdustcitysounds.org/submit.
For information, stop at Information & Reference on your next visit to the library, call 715-839-5004, or email the library at librarian@eauclaire.lib.wi.us. To learn more about library programs, check the library website at www.ecpubliclibrary.info.