Seattle musicians – share your passion with your city and get paid to do it! A submission period has opened for local artists to add their music to PlayBack, the Library's ever-expanding collection of Seattle music. The submission period is open from 9 a.m. Monday, June 3 through 5 p.m. Monday, July 1.

In 2016, The Seattle Public Library launched an online Seattle music collection called PlayBack. Now, over 200 albums by local artists are available for free download and streaming.


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 music collection is intended to reflect the diversity and abundance of Seattle's music scene. 

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.


To find out how to submit music to the Library's PlayBack platform, visit Submissions will only be accepted online at through June 30. The preferred file types are FLAC, WAV and AIFF. Other accepted file types are MP3, AAC and Ogg Vorbis.


The jury for this submission period includes:

  • Kelly O, photographer, storyteller and local music superfan
  • Chris Govella, DJ at Night Shift
  • Jonathan Zwickel, freelance writer at Pitchfork, Thrillist, and KEXP
  • Liz Riley Tollefson, founder and contributor at Three Imaginary Girls
  • Sharlese Metcalf, Seattle Music Commmisioner, education coordinator at KEXP, DJ for the Expansions show on KEXP

Our jury also has members of The Seattle Public Library staff who share a passion for and background in music:

  • Abby Bass, adult services librarian at the Library
  • Kathleen Morley, selection services librarian at the Library
  • Cameron McCraken, library associate at the Library
  • Kreg Hasegawa, PlayBack lead and adult services librarian at the Library

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

The Library brings people, information and ideas together to enrich lives and build community. We support universal access to information and ideas, and form strong partnerships within our community to offer art that is accessible to all. We accomplish this by finding creative solutions like PlayBack to meet the public's changing needs and interests.