Tracks Music Library Seeks Local Musicians for Digital Collection

January 19, 2021

Triangle-area musicians and bands are invited to submit work for consideration in a streaming platform dedicated to local music. Initiated by Chapel Hill Public Library and Chapel Hill Community Arts & Culture, Tracks Music Library is a commercial-free, curated collection of diverse local music. Interested musicians and bands are encouraged to submit songs by January 31st via the link tracksmusiclibrary.org/submit.

Launched this past summer, Tracks Music Library aims to represent the diverse sounds of the Triangle area and introduce artists to new listeners. The current collection hosts over 70 albums from bands spanning the entire musical spectrum from indie rock to jazz to hip hop to R&B. Artist, educator, and inaugural collection artist Kevin “Rowdy” Rowsey shares his excitement about Tracks Music Library. “We’re not New York, we’re not LA, man we’re North Carolina, and we’re southern to the core, and we sound like us,” says Rowdy.

Local musicians and bands interested in submitting should note these important details:

  • Musicians should be based in the Triangle area.

  • Musicians must hold the rights to the music they submit.

  • Music must have been produced in the last 2 years.

  • Musicians can submit up to 3 songs for consideration and will need a minimum of 5 songs or 30 minutes of music  if selected.

  • The deadline to submit music is January 31st, 2021.

  • The submission form is available at tracksmusiclibrary.org/submit.

  • Selected musicians will receive a $200 honorarium for sharing their music.

Twenty five submissions will be curated for inclusion in the second round, based on quality and diversity. Community curators include Come Hear North Carolina Advisor Billy Maupin, Kat Harding of the North Carolina Museum of Art, Southern Folklife Collection curator Steve Weiss, Vibehouse 405 owner, producer, and artist Kevin “Kaze” Thomas, and others. “I think that we are the most talented musical community in our country,” said Thomas in a recent interview for the INDY Week. “I do. Nashville is cool… Atlanta is cool…But the sauce comes from Carolina, baby, I don’t care where you go; that sauce is gonna come from Carolina. It’s gonna be in the mix, and the world loves it.”

More information on the project can be found at tracksmusiclibrary.org. Tracks Music Library is a collaboration between two town departments; Chapel Hill Public Library and Chapel Hill Community Arts & Culture.  To learn more visit chapelhillpubliclibrary.org and chapelhillarts.org.