Multnomah County Library cranks up Library Music Project

New online collection offers 123 albums of local independent music to stream and download

Multnomah County Library has launched the Library Music Project, a new collection of more than 100 albums available to stream and download at librarymusicproject.com. Listeners can stream music from anywhere, and those with a Multnomah County Library card can sign in to download or make playlists.

The Library Music Project, like the Library Writers Project, is another avenue for Multnomah County Library to support and promote local artists while expanding its collection with content that is engaging, new and relevant for a wide variety of tastes and interests. The collection includes styles and genres from hip hop to bluegrass to full throated rock.

“Libraries today are reflections of their community,” said Director of Libraries Vailey Oehlke. “I can’t think of a better way to reflect Portland and Multnomah County than through the vibrance, passion, energy and talent that shines through in the work of these artists. I am grateful to those in our local music community who stepped forward as partners with the library to share their work.”

"The Library Music Project is creating a way for local musicians to share their music locally and with the world online," said Kelly Jones, Music Director for Portland Notes and submission evaluator. "Artists need encouragement and exposure. This project gives local musicians a louder voice, and I'm proud to participate."

The library invited submissions for the project in February. More than 400 individual submissions were evaluated by a team of local music experts. The library compensated contributing artists whose work was selected. The library will open another submission window in September 2018. Artists who wish to be notified when submissions open can email librarymusicproject@multcolib.org.

Select artists are available to provide comment on their participation in the project.