The L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library is seeking music from local musicians for its new online streaming and download platform, Sawdust City Sounds.
Artists of all genres who are currently performing and/or based in the Eau Claire area are encouraged to submit their music for consideration through Sunday, Jan. 13.
Library staff will work with "local music experts," according to a news release from the library, to select up to 25 albums representing the diversity of musical genres in Eau Claire's music scene.
The following requirements are being placed on submissions: albums must have been produced on or after Jan. 1, 2014; albums must have at least seven tracks; a maximum of one album per act will be accepted each selection period; and minimum audio quality is 256 kbps.
The collection will only include cover songs if the original song is in the public domain, under a creative commons license or if the musician has obtained a written legal right to perform the cover.
A $200 honorarium will be offered for each album that is selected thanks to the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library Endowment Fund. Artists will retain all rights to their work.
Sawdust City Sounds is scheduled to launch in the spring of 2019. Streaming will be open to anyone, and all library cardholders will be able to download songs for free.
Those interested in submitting their music for consideration can visit sawdustcitysounds.org/submit.