Submitting Your Music
Our third submission period is now closed. There will be two (2) submission periods per year. Each submission period will be open for two (2) weeks. Watch for announcements about submission periods from the Library or partner organizations. Be sure to follow the Library on Twitter and Facebook for the most current news.
Submissions will be accepted online. Each artist will submit a representative song from their album, upon which the jurists will base their decision.
Up to 50 albums will be selected to add to the collection in each submission period.
Selected artists will sign a license agreement and receive an honorarium of $200 for sharing their music through PlayBack. Artists may choose between a 5-year license term or a lifetime license term.
If you or your group are represented by a record label, your record label should be able to confirm whether you can submit to PlayBack.
If your album is not accepted, you are welcome to submit again during the next submission period.
We will accept the following preferred file types: FLAC, WAV and AIFF.
We will also accept MP3, AAC and Ogg Vorbis, but they experience more quality loss when transcoded for playback and may not sound as good.
Having trouble selecting FLAC, AAC and Ogg files in Safari? Try dragging and dropping the files or use Chrome or Firefox instead.