HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – As part of the Huntsville Music Initiative, the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library is teaming up with local artists to showcase their talent. The library’s new music streaming platform, Blast, features more than 40 musicians and bands from across the Tennessee Valley.
Blast is a free service that can be accessed by people all over the world. The platform highlights new artists every week to help them reach a wider audience.
Library officials want to make Huntsville a designated city for music.
“Our goal is, over time, to build a catalog of local music and artists from across northern Alabama,” said Annie Phillips, digital services manager at the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library. .
Starting in 2022, Blast will add 50 albums to the platform per year.
When artists submit their work, they will be remunerated by honoraria. Blast is also planning to collaborate with the Huntsville Amphitheater to feature the performers live on location after it opens next year.
The Huntsville-Madison County Public Library is the 14th library system to offer this type of music streaming platform. Other cities that offer it include Nashville, Seattle, and Austin.
The library plans to accept submissions twice a year, with the next submissions opening in early 2022. For more information on Blast, including how to submit music, please visit their website: blast.hmcpl.org.
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