Seattle musicians – share your passion with your city and get paid to do it! Beginning July 1, a submission period has opened for local artists to add their music to PlayBack, the Library's ever-expanding collection of Seattle music. The submission period will be open from 9 a.m. Sunday, July 1 through 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 31.

In 2016, The Seattle Public Library launched an online Seattle music collection called PlayBack. Now, 150 albums by local artists are available for free download and streaming.


The Library seeks works that reflect the rich variety of genres represented in Seattle's music scene. Broad and inclusive submission criteria is detailed on PlayBack's Information for Artists page. This music collection is intended to reflect the diversity and abundance of Seattle's music scene. 

The jury for this submission period includes:

  • Kelly O, photographer, storyteller and local music superfan
  • Chris Govella, DJ at Night Shift
  • Jonathan Zwickel, senior editor at City Arts
  • Liz Riley Tollefson, founder of and contributor to Three Imaginary Girls
  • Sharlese Metcalf, producer and host for local music show Audioasis on KEXP
  • Abby Bass, adult services librarian at the Library
  • Kathleen Morley, selection services librarian at the Library
  • Cameron McCraken, library associate at the Library

All Seattle-area musicians who record or perform in the city of Seattle are invited to submit a music album. The album must contain four or more songs and have been produced within the last five years. If an album is accepted, the artist will receive an honorarium of $200. Selected albums in the PlayBack collection will be discoverable through the Library's online catalog and highlighted through the Library's social media channels. Artists will also have opportunities to perform live at Library events.


To find out how to submit music to the Library's PlayBack platform, visit Submissions will only be accepted online at starting July 1. The preferred file types are FLAC, WAV and AIFF. Other accepted file types are MP3, AAC and Ogg Vorbis.

Funding for PlayBack has been made possible with the generous support of The Seattle Public Library Foundation.