Get into Local Listening

cover66.php Now there's even more local music to love. The Iowa City Public Library has expanded its innovative Local Music Project to include more than 100 albums by artists playing electronica to children's music and everything between.

One of the aims of this project is to encourage interest in local musicians. cover1.php The Local Music Project represents the cream of local music over the last few decades, including such favorites as Salsa Orchestra, Big Wooden Radio, Dave Zollo, Dead Larry, Public Property, Scott Cochran and Flannel, High and Lonesome, Joe and Vicki Price, and Ben Schmidt. The project's latest expansion has now more than doubled the original collection, with albums by a diverse group of acts, including Mother Blues, Kevin BF Burt, Tony Brown, Diplomats of Solid Sound, Patrick Hazell and the Possum Holler Boar Hogs.

cover55.php We’ve dealt directly with musicians, who have leased us the rights to offer their music as part of the project. Our leases cover local material, sometimes out of print, and even live shows. As a result of this exposure, we hope new fans will go to a local show around town or even purchase copies of more recent records from these musicians. It's also our hope that this model catches on, and other libraries adopt it, leading to a revenue stream for local musicians. We’re happy to answer questions about our new service. Please contact us (see below) for more information.

cover77.php If you have an Iowa City Public Library card, and live in Iowa City or an area that contracts with us (rural Johnson County, Hills or University Heights) you can download all of this free music from local musicians by visiting

cover77.php You own it forever. There's no DRM. It's legal and the musicians got paid. So put it on your phone. Play it at parties. Turn it up. Check it out:
FAQ (including contracts, etc.):

For more information, contact:
Jason Paulios

Senior Librarian, Adult Services, Iowa City Public Library

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