Hennepin County Library’s MNspin Highlights Minnesota Artists
The Hennepin County Library’s MNspin program recently turned three, and they’ve put out a call for new artists and music to be added to the site. To qualify, you must reside and perform in Minnesota and upload a song online.
In 2020, 31,000 songs were streamed or downloaded from the MNspin website. That topped the previous year by 87%.
The Hennepin County Library’s MNspin program recently turned four. The online site is young but growing. It is designed to highlight both emerging as well as established Minnesota music artists of all stripes. From classical to country and everywhere in between you’ll find it on the site.
“It started back in 2017. We’re actually in our fourth sort of iteration of it. Our fourth batch of musicians have been released,” said Ehsan Alam, Hennepin Co. Librarian. “All together we have over 300 albums. This particular release was over 90 albums. ”
Each year a different panel curates more Minnesota artists and music into the site. The panel of curators changes each year, further ensuring an eclectic selection.
“Just a diverse pool of not only musicians that we have in our collection, but also we want diverse perspectives evaluating the selections, the submissions,” said Alam.
Currently the call is on for new artists and music to be added to the site.
“When the submission period opens you upload a song. You have to be an artist that currently resides and performs in Minnesota,” said Alam.
Other than that there aren’t too many other requirements. All the information you will need is on their website. The FAQ button will provide answers to many of your questions. And all you need to do to listen is to go to the MNspin website and start clicking.
Entries are being accepted through the website from February 17th through March 24th, 2021. The artist will receive $200 for their album if selected.