New Orleans Public Library launches Crescent City Sounds, free music streaming platform highlighting local musicians – NOLA.com
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New Orleans Public Library launches Crescent City Sounds, free music streaming platform highlighting local musicians – NOLA.com

The New Orleans Public Library’s free music streaming platform includes 27 albums by local artists.

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The New Orleans Public Library’s free music streaming platform includes 27 albums by local artists.
Crescent City Sounds, the New Orleans Public Library’s free music streaming platform highlighting local artists, is now live. The site currently features 27 albums, including full-length records and EPs by Nesby Phips, Flagboy Giz, Valerie Sassyfras, Craig Klein, Ever More Nest, Micah McKee, New Orleans Nightcrawlers and more.
NOPL earlier this year announced it was launching a music streaming platform to exclusively showcase New Orleans musicians. Each year, the library will open a submission period for up-and-coming and lesser-known musicians to submit an album to be included on the website. Submissions are then approved by a group of community jurors — this year’s group included rapper Alfred Banks, journalist Alison Fensterstock, Jazz Museum curator David Kunian, ethnomusicologist Holly Hobbs, MidCitizen’s Tavia Osbey and librarian Joshua Smith — and accepted artists receive an honorarium.
The inaugural group of Crescent City Sounds artists also includes Egg Yolk Jubilee, Young Fellaz Brass Band, Kaye the Beast, Ted Hefko & The Thousandaires, Dale Dolese, The Scott Stobbe Collection, The Quaalords, Sandra Love and the Reason, Katy Hobgood Ray, Bogue Chitto, Sierra Green and the Soul Machine, Shark Attack, Metronome the City, Saint Mercedes, Swayze, Marina Orchestra, Lynn Drury, Johnny Mastro & Mama’s Boys, Kidnap and T. Guy.
Crescent City Sounds will have a second submission period in 2023. Music will be hosted on Crescent City Sounds for five years, and the license is non-exclusive, so artists retain the rights to do what they want with their music.
“We want the collection to reflect the diversity of the music scene,” Smith told Gambit in May.
Along with the music, Crescent City Sounds hosts bio pages for each musician with links to the artist and band’s social media and websites. There also is a page of New Orleans gig posters from over the years, and users can add images of their own posters to the library’s collection.
Crescent City Sounds can be found at crescentcitysounds.org and is free to use, even without a library card. 

Crescent City Sounds will launch this summer.
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