With a goal of supporting Pittsburgh musicians, the streaming service — which is available for anyone to listen and allows library card holders to download songs for free — pays artists a one-time stipend of $200 for the use of their music. To make that much on a streaming service like Spotify, at its upper rate of $.0084 per play, an artist would have to accumulate about 23,000 streams (though rates can be as low as $0.006 per play).
STACKS debuted in February with a range of genres featuring 40 locals bands and artists, including Essential Machine, Phat Man Dee, Silverkeim, Brittney Chantele, Flower Crown, BBGuns, Afro Yaqui Music Collective, Mars Jackson, Buffalo Rose, and more.
Submissions are accepted twice a year, and for this iteration, interested parties have until Fri., Sept. 27 to submit music for review at stacks.carnegielibrary.org/submit.
Criteria for eligibility:
- Artists must be from the Pittsburgh region
- Album must have been published within the past five years
- Albums must be a minimum of four songs or 10 minutes in length
- Artist must own the rights to their music, or have properly cleared all samples