Hennepin County Library Helping Users Connect with Local Music

March 01, 2018 09:11 PM

Minneapolis is a music town.

But for any independent musician or band without major-label backing, the road to mass appeal can be tough.


Now, however, Minnesota musicians can connect with audiences through a platform called MnSpin - a new online collection of Minnesota music overseen by local experts through the Hennepin County Library.

The collection features work by Minnesota artists of all genres.

"I thought it was a cool concept because it's a streaming service," rap artist Rafael Gonzalez, also known as Tufawon, said.

"The artist gets paid, and people who go to the library have access to this bank of music, if you will, of pretty much all local artists."

Librarian Jeff Radford was one of those key to getting the platform started and launched.

He couldn't believe the response when the platform was opened up for submissions.

"We had an amazing number," he said. "We had 324 submissions the first time around."

Radford said they had to whittle that number down to 55.

To be eligible for the platform, the majority of band members must currently be performing and living in Minnesota. Albums must have been produced in the past five years.

Musicians must own or control all rights to everything uploaded. Selected artists sign a license agreement, and receive $200 to make their album available to library users. The music is available to stream or download.


Todd Wilson

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