Up-and-coming musicians have a new avenue to make themselves better known in the local music scene, and that is through the New Orleans Public Library.
The library is seeking submissions for Crescent City Sounds, a new online streaming service that showcases and shares local music. It will focus on lesser known artists in the community.
The Crescent City Sounds music library will be chosen by a team of NOPL employees and community curators who represent different facets of New Orleans’ diverse music scene. Selected artists will be compensated and retain copyright to their work. The music will be licensed to the platform, on a non-exclusive basis, for five years.
Prospective artists must primarily perform in New Orleans, and submissions must have been recorded within the past five years. Submissions must include a minimum of four songs or be at least 20 minutes long.
For more detailed guidelines on how, what, and where to submit, visit crescentcitysounds.org or email [email protected] with questions.
STORY TIME: Read, sing, talk, write and play together in the New Orleans Public Library’s in-person story hour programs.
10:30 a.m. on Tuesday
- Main Library, 219 Loyola Avenue.
- Robert E. Smith, Norman Mayer, 3001, boul. Kindly.
- Milton H. Latter Memorial, 5120 St. Charles Ave.
- Algiers Regional, 3014 Holiday Drive
- East New Orleans Regional, 5641 Read Blvd.
- Norman Mayer, 3001, boul. Kindly.
10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays
- Central City, 2020 Jackson Ave.
- Nora Navra, 1902, avenue Saint-Bernard.
- Children’s Resource Center Libraries, 913 Napoleon Avenue.
10:30 a.m. Thursday
- Cita Dennis Hubbell, 725 Pelican Ave.
- Rosa F. Keller, 4300 S Broad St.
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 1611 Fats Domino Ave.
Storytimes are designed for children up to 5 years old and those accompanying them.
The library’s team of literacy librarians also create monthly activity calendars to help parents, caregivers and educators prepare children to read from an early age. Visit early-literacy.nolalibrary.org to download the calendars, which lay out a plan of fun daily exercises that address the five key elements of early literacy: writing, playing, speaking, singing, counting and, of course, reading.
ONLINE RESOURCES FOR KIDS: New Orleans Public Library cardholders can also unlock tons of online and e-resources for kids, including Tumblebook Kids, an online e-book collection featuring over 1,100 titles for students from K-6, including unique, animated, talking picture books; books of chapters to read; National Geographic videos; non-fiction books; playlists; books in Spanish and French; and a collection of online graphic novels, which help spark children’s imaginations and are especially engaging for hesitant readers.
MUSEUM PASS: Explore New Orleans museums and attractions with the Library’s Culture Pass program, which allows cardholders to reserve free admission to the Audubon Nature Institute, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans Museum of Art, at the National WWII Museum, at the New Canal Lighthouse Museum and Maisons Historiques Hermann Grima+Gallier.
Cultural Passes are only available to New Orleans Public Library cardholders who live in the Parish of Orleans and are at least 18 years old. Each pass can be used for up to two adults and two to seven children. Tickets must be reserved in advance; go online at culturepass.nolalibrary.org, in person at any library location, or by phone by calling your local New Orleans Public Library branch.
Jane LeGros is the Director of Marketing and Communications for the New Orleans Public Library.