Help send the ICPL to SXSW 2016

 Photo by Randy Stern
Photo by Randy Stern

The Iowa City Public Library is making a bid to host a panel at the upcoming 2016 South by Southwest festival (SXSW) in Austin, Texas, and they’re turning toward the Iowa City community for support.

The proposed panel, “Gain Fans and Get Paid with Library Distribution,” would discuss how libraries can function as distributors of local music, allowing artists to receive compensation while reaching new audiences. But here’s the catch: Attendees must vote on which panels they want to see at the 2016 festival, which means our intrepid local librarians are competing against dozens of other proposals for a slot on the official schedule.

Cast your vote for the ICPL (login required).

The idea for the panel stems from the ICPL’s Local Music Project, launched in 2012, which collects and archives local music. Artists who join the program receive compensation, and in return, library cardholders can download the music freely from the ICPL’s music hub.

The panel, proposed in collaboration with Cason Block Consulting and the Santa Cruz Public Library — which recently launched its own music program — would examine the benefits of participating in a library-based music distribution network, how such networks can connect fellow artists, and what attendees can do to help launch similar programs in their own communities.

Panel description via SXSW:

Some public libraries across the United States are breaking new ground as distributors of local music. The artists get paid, reach new audiences, and create a legacy for generations to come. Hear from the first (Iowa City), the latest (Santa Cruz Public Library) and an artist (TBD) who make up this new and growing local music ecosystem. It’s good to make friends with libraries — they care and want to see you thrive!


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