January 26, 2022

Tennessee: Nashville Public Library Launches BoomBox, New Service Streams Music by Local Artists

From The Tennesseean

2016-10-06_08-34-54On Tuesday morning, the NPL launched the free service BoomBox, which allows users to stream music by local artists. Library card holders can type in their card numbers and PIN to download music as well.

BoomBox currently includes 34 albums, including Diarrhea Planet’s “Turn to Gold,” Daddy Issues’ “Can We Still Hang” and Marshall Chapman’s “Blaze of Glory.” The NPL also announced the creation of the “BoomBox Presents” concert series that will take place at library locations and local music venues. Leah Grams Johnson will play the first installment at the Main Library on Oct.

From the BoomBox About Page:

The platform used for NPL BoomBox was developed by Rabble and is open source. Anyone can contribute to the project and/or use the code to develop another version of the project.

From the FAQ:

We are looking to represent, to the best of our ability, the local music scene in Nashville. There are no restrictions on genre. Artists should be currently composing and performing original music in and around the Nashville area.

Although exceptions can be made, we are generally seeking albums produced within the last five years. Album being defined as a group of compositions that when played together comprise a collective artistic vision.

Individuals part of a music collective who produce music independently are considered independently of the music collective. In other words, if you’re part of a band and also a solo artist, you can submit music from both projects.

The minimum audio quality accepted is 256kbps.

NPL BoomBox does not stream covers of songs, unless those songs are in the public domain.

Direct to Boombox Website

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.