Pima County musicians: Your work could be part of the Library’s new streaming service

(Tucson, AZ) Calling all Pima County musicians who want to reach a wider audience, build their following, and earn a little money! The Library is launching a locally-sourced streaming service called Desert Streams and we want to consider including your work.

We're excited to open the call for submissions beginning today, February 15, 2024 and running through March 15, 2024. Work can be submitted online at https://pimadesertstreams.org/submit.

Once live, Desert Streams—like all Library services and programs—will be free and open to the public. Its purpose is to represent the breadth and diversity of musical styles and genres that can be found in Tucson and Pima County. Local musicians and bands—in all genres—who are currently playing or recording in Pima County are invited to submit songs for consideration. Musicians must have a completed, released album or EP of at least four songs. 

Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of jurors from the Library and the local music community. 

Library staff and local music aficionados—Karen Greene, Lupita Chavez, and Charlie Lewis—brought Desert Streams to fruition. Of the project, they say, "There's so much incredible talent in our community. Desert Streams is the Library's way of recognizing, celebrating, and supporting that talent."

Artists selected will receive a $250 honorarium and their own page on Desert Streams with photos, bios, and links to social media, upcoming shows, and merch. If you miss the deadline, or your music is not selected, you'll have more opportunities in the future. We plan to have two rounds of submissions and additions to the collection each year. 

With Desert Streams, PCPL joins other public library systems in great music towns, such as Austin, Seattle, and Nashville, who have created similar platforms.  Each of these sites captures the unique sounds of their local music scene, and we hope to do the same.  Greene, Chavez and Lewis, say, "We cherish our local musicians and want to connect them with their community, and with the world beyond. We can't wait to hear the music you will share with us!" 

For more information, please visit the FAQ at PimaDesertStreams.org/faq or email desertstreams@pima.gov.


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