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SXSW 2019

Public Libraries: Your New Source for Local Music

In Austin, Edmonton, and beyond libraries are changing how their communities share, discover, and listen to music online. These trusted public institutions are shaping themselves into unlikely sites for innovation in the music industry. In close coordination with their local communities, libraries across North America are creating digital public spaces where they collect, curate, license, and publish local music collections for streaming and downloading. These libraries are pushing back against the inequality that continues to shape the music industry as a whole by building diverse music collections and experiences for the public good. Learn about the digital spaces that manifest public library ideals online for the benefit of creatives and their listening communities.

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  1. Public libraries are becoming forces in their local music ecosystems through programming and collections designed to support local musicians.
  2. Digital Public Spaces explained: what they are, why they matter, and how they can help communities.
  3. Explore Austin Public Library's Electric Lady Bird project that empowers local musicians with tools to build new audiences, networks, and skills.



Kelly Hiser, CEO and Co-founder, Rabble

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Music Industry & Culture
  • Level: Beginner
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