In 2016, The Seattle Public Library launched an online Seattle music collection called PlayBack. And now, 100 albums by local artists are available for free download and streaming. This summer, the Library is accepting submissions from local artists to add their music to the Library's ever-expanding collection of Seattle music. 

The submission period, which opened Monday, July 17, has been extended by one week and now runs through 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6. To submit music to the Library's PlayBack platform, visit Submissions will only be accepted online. The preferred file types are FLAC, WAV and AIFF. Other accepted file types are MP3, AAC and Ogg Vorbis. 

All Seattle-area musicians who record or perform in the city of Seattle are invited to submit a music album. The album must contain four or more songs and have been produced within the last five years. If an album is accepted, the artist will receive an honorarium of $200. Selected albums in the PlayBack collection will be discoverable through the Library's online catalog and highlighted through the Library's social media channels. Artists will also have opportunities to perform live at Library events. 

The Library seeks works that reflect the rich variety of genres represented in Seattle's music scene. Broad and inclusive submission criteria is detailed on PlayBack's Information for Artists page. This new music collection is intended to reflect the diversity and abundance of Seattle's music scene.  

"We're curating a unique collection highlighting local talent while building new relationships and partnerships in support of local artists," said Andrew Harbison, assistant director for Collections and Access Services at the Library. 

The jury for the third submission period includes: 

Tim Lennon, executive director of the Vera Project and music commissioner for the city of Seattle 

Jonathan Zwickel, senior editor at City Arts 

Liz Riley Tollefson, founder of and contributor to Three Imaginary Girls 

Sharlese Metcalf, producer and host for local music show Audioasis on KEXP 

Abby Bass, adult services librarian at the Library 

Kathleen Morley, selection services librarian at the Library 

Cameron McCraken, library associate at the Library 

Funding for PlayBack has been made possible with the generous support of The Seattle Public Library Foundation.