PLEASE NOTE: Submissions for this quarter are now closed. We'll let you know when we begin accepting submissions for the next round. Thank you for your interest.
Well, this is exciting. You may have heard rumblings about Denver Public Library doing something with local musicians.
What is Volume? Volume is an exciting new project that will allow Denver Public Library card holders to download and stream music from local bands and musicians, DRM-free, from a new library website. Today we start accepting submissions from local musicians. We'll spend the next few months gathering submissions, running them past our content reviewers (a group consisting of local folks in the music community), and loading them to the new site. We're planning to launch that new site by the end of July, with the first set of local music available to our customers.
How much music will be on the site? We're a public library, so you might guess we have limited resources. We are paying the artists that are selected for this site (not a huge amount, but something), and it also requires staff time and technology resources to manage any music and associated content that will be on the site. Given that, we currently have the resources to bring in 100 albums per year. Starting next year, we will be opening it up for submissions quarterly, and adding about 25 albums each quarter. Since we've already missed the first quarter this year, and want to start with a bigger collection, we're shooting for 50 albums with this first round, and we'll run two more rounds of submissions later on (if you're not picked this time, resubmit next time around). Our license with the artists allows us to host the music on this site for 2 years, so by the end of next year, and moving forward, we should have 200 albums on the site at any given time, with 25 fresh albums every three months.
This is a pilot project, so we'll see how it goes - if it goes well and we can find more resources, we'd love to expand beyond that.
Why are we doing this? Denver Public Library has always been about our community, and we're looking to reinforce that. We want to offer unique content that is not available in big box stores, support local music, and connect the people of Denver with that vibrant scene.
What's in it for musicians? A tiny bit of money (emphasis on tiny), and a huge chance to be part of a local, online music community that doesn't have a profit motive (remember, public library...). Also, a lot of exposure for your music to the people around you. DPL has roughly 400,000 cardholders, and our staff is already doing general Music Reviews. Don't you want all those people to listen to you?
We are so incredibly excited to get going on this - and hope you'll join us for the ride.