Tracks Music Library, a collection of free music made by artists in the Triangle, is holding its third open call period for new music submissions. The open calls started Jan. 1 and will end Feb. 14.
The program was founded in 2020 and is a collaboration between the Chapel Hill Public Library and Chapel Hill Community Arts & Culture. The collection features a variety of genres and over 100 artists and bands.
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 bands find new listeners. Tracks also helps music lovers to find new and local music, Bartoletta said.
“We really aim to have the platform reflect the sound of the Triangle,” Bartoletta said.
The music submitted to Tracks is reviewed and organized by community curators who are familiar with the Triangle’s music scene and have an ear for quality and diverse genres of music.
Since last year, Tracks has asked artists who were already a part of the library to help curate the new music submissions.
“When we see an area of music that might not be as well represented in the area, we try to find ambassadors and staples in the community to get the word out,” Bartoletta said.
She said that once the application is closed, Tracks curators listen to the submissions and rate the music on diversity, quality and connection to the Triangle scene.
Tracks will accept about 30 new artists this year. Submissions that are accepted are awarded $200.