Magazine article American Libraries

Seattle Adopts a MUSICat

Magazine article American Libraries

Seattle Adopts a MUSICat

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How do you use MUSICat?

Our application of the MUSICat platform is called PlayBack, and we've based a lot of it on the Yahara Music Library at Madison (Wis.) Public Library and Capitol City Records at Edmonton (Alberta) Public Library. We use this platform to help the local music community build unique collections, enable discovery of and access to local music, and support local musicians and music organizations in cultivating a stronger, more collaborative eattle music scene. PlayBack has been funded by Seattle Public Library Foundation for two years as a pilot project.

How does MUSICat serve your library's needs? We have a strategic goal of engaging local creative communities in new ways by offering relevant, inclusive, and participatory programs and services, as well as by better representing the work of these communities in the library's collections. We're reaching new audiences and building new partners to accomplish these goals.

What are the main benefits? The main benefits include an out-of-the-box local streaming-and-download music platform that integrates submission, jurist review, and selection processes; licensing agreements; analytics and reporting; and communications. That functionality has helped us build many new connections with artists, fans, and music organizations like radio stations and venues. …

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