Let’s Hear Your Tunes Pittsburgh: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Digital Music Streaming Platform Now Accepting Submissions Through August 6, 2021
STACKS, the Library’s exclusive streaming platform, promotes Pittsburgh musicians and pays them for their work
STACKS, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s ever-growing, online collection of local music, documents our region’s vital, evolving music scene. Using a CLP library card, patrons can stream and download sounds from all over this incredible community of diverse creators.
Selected STACKS artists are not only promoted on the platform, they’re also paid a one-time stipend of $200 for their albums of at least 10 minutes long or four tracks. By contrast, popular streaming service Spotify generally pays between $.003 and $.005 per stream, meaning artists would need to amass around 50,000 streams to earn that much for their work.
STACKS accepts submissions from Pittsburgh musicians through scheduled submission windows. The current window is open through August 6, 2021 at stacks.carnegielibrary.org.
An album must meet the following criteria to be considered eligible:
* Artists must be from the Pittsburgh region
* Album must have been published within the past 5 years
* Albums must be a minimum of 4 songs or 10 minutes in length
* Artist must own the rights to their music, or have properly cleared all samples
“As an organization committed to engaging the community through literacy and learning, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh seeks to expand on the definition of what a library can be,” said Toby Greenwalt, Director of Digital Strategy and Technology Integration. “One way of doing this is by giving a platform to artists to publish work as it is being created –without waiting for traditional publishing methods to keep up. We hope to support the local creative community in many ways –by providing instruction and resources, by exposing finished work to a larger audience, and by compensating creators for using their creations.”
2021 marks the launch of the Library’s fifth STACKS cohort. Currently, more than 160 local artists representing a wide-rand of genres are featured on the site. Since its launch in 2019 STACKS has witnessed more than 22,000 streams and downloads.
STACKS is a living document of Pittsburgh’s music community. In addition to CLP staff, the following curators are tasked with judging the current round of submissions.
Jeff Betten is general manager of the Misra Label Group, a consortium which includes Misra Records, Wild Kindness Records, Driving While Black Records, Crafted Sounds, and more. He has volunteered his time serving as treasurer of The Mr. Roboto Project, working on the Deutschtown Music Festival, and sits on the board of the local charity CureRock. As a musician in his own right as well, he still continues to record and release projects under his own name.
James Armstead Brown
James Amstead Brown touched down in Pittsburgh in 2002 and has been contributing to the local music scene ever since. In 2004 he co-founded the hip-hop rock medley band Eviction Notice and held down a seven year residency as the keyboard player and bandleader for the Shadow Lounge open mic band, Hambone Jenkins. In 2007 Brown co-founded the hip-hop competition and live game show Rhyme Calisthenics. Brown produced over 50 RhymeCal events in Pittsburgh, New York, and Philly, providing a platform for over 90 emcees from across the region to showcase their skills in the endangered art of freestyle. As a beatmaker, Brown has production credits with a number of regional artists and released his own hip-hop album Fieldwork in 2008. He has devoted the last decade to youth arts. In his capacity as director of creative youth development for the Homewood YMCA, James has guided hundreds of young people in the creation of their own albums and mixtapes.
Not afraid to go deep, not afraid to do the work: Brittney Chantele (she/they) is a dynamic pop/hip-hop artist, visual artist, and activist. Chantele works as a multi-faceted creator using visual art, song writer, and community driven action to inspire individuals and make positive change. With her past releases, The Golden Opportunity (2020) and A Fire on Venus (2019), Chantele began to explore her personal identity to celebrate the past while looking forward to the future. Both of these past albums highlight the culmination of what Chantele will be exploring with Speaking with Swords (Upcoming). Outside of their art, Brittney has shown commitment to social justice initiatives including speaking at schools to tell students the truth about military enlistment, participating in the Pittsburgh organization 1Hood Media which builds liberated communities through art, education, and social justice.
With 21 years of experience as a disc jockey, DJ Mary Mack learned how to DJ at WRCT Pittsburgh, where she held a weekly show (with some pauses) for almost 15 years. She moved into organizing and DJing live parties as a way to contribute to grassroots movements and community projects that advocate for equity and social justice. From 2006-2012 she co-organized Operation Sappho, a monthly queer/dyke danceparty, creating TQZ’s (“temporary queer zones”) and striving to build safe(r) spaces in all venues. In Toronto she continued to DJ and organize parties in spaces such as the Holy Oak, The Beaver, The Gladstone, and Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, and since returning to Pittsburgh she has continued to DJ parties with a purpose, particularly for immigrant justice. Mary is also a member of Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative and loves to combine printmaking with music, sometimes creating “printstallations” for events.
To listen to music from local musicians, learn more about the curators or submit music to STACKS please visit stacks.carnegielibrary.org.