Tracks Music Library organizing open calls for local musicians


Tracks Music Library, a collection of free music created by artists from the Triangle, is holding its third period of open calls for new music submissions. Open calls began on January 1 and will end on February 14.

The program was founded in 2020 and is a collaboration between Chapel Hill Public Library and Chapel Hill Community Arts & Culture. The collection includes a variety of genres and over 100 artists and groups.

Melissa Bartoletta, Marketing and Communications Coordinator for Chapel Hill Community Arts & Culture, said Tracks was founded to archive the sounds of the local community and help local groups find new listeners. Tracks also helps music lovers find new and local music, Bartoletta said.

“We really aim for the platform to reflect the sound of the Triangle,” Bartoletta said.

Music submitted to Tracks is reviewed and curated by community curators who are familiar with the Triangle music scene and have a keen ear for quality and diverse music genres.

Since last year, Tracks has asked artists who were already in the library to help organize new music submissions.

“When we see a musical field that may not be as well represented in the region, we try to find ambassadors and fixtures in the community to get the word out,” Bartoletta said.

She said once the bid is closed, Tracks’ curators listen to the submissions and rate the music for diversity, quality, and connection to the Triangle scene.

Tracks will accept approximately 30 new artists this year. Accepted bids receive $ 200.

Tatiana Hargreaves is a curator artist who has featured music in the library.

When she asked to have her music on Tracks, Hargreaves said that initially it seemed like a good way to make some extra money.

“The more I learned, the more it seemed like a really cool organization and a really great idea to have a streaming platform designed for and by local musicians,” she said.

Hargreaves said streaming platforms are generally bad for local musicians because they don’t give artists money unless they already have large audiences.

“With local streaming platforms, it’s a great way to get your name out there with regards to local artists, and if someone is listening on Tracks, they know you’re local and you could be hired because you are on this platform. “Hargreaves said.” It’s also a great way to hear from other local musicians. “

Gabriel Pelli is a member of the group Grand Shores, which appeared in the library in 2020 for their debut album, “Tradewinds”.

Pelli said he and his bandmate Will Ridenour are always looking for new outlets and ways to reach new audiences, and with Tracks they were able to do just that.

“It’s nice to feature local musicians, and it’s always appreciated to get validation of your work and release it to an audience that wouldn’t have heard it otherwise,” said Pelli.

Steve Wright, public art coordinator for Chapel Hill Community Arts & Culture, said Tracks was launched in part to allow Chapel Hill Public Library patrons to access music digitally.

Wright said that because Tracks began when the COVID-19 pandemic began, it allowed the program to support local musicians at a time when many local venues were closing.

“We definitely aim to try to reflect as wide a range of musical styles and different artists as possible,” Wright said. “This is just another way to share the great music that is being made here. “

Submissions to tracks can be made on its website.


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