The San Francisco Public Library recently launched Bay Beats, a free music streaming service that shines a spotlight on local musical talent across genres. The service is an extension of the library’s commitment to provide equitable access to arts and culture.
With over 200 albums and 2,000 songs, Bay Beats offers an eclectic mix of music from San Francisco Bay Area artists. From hip-hop to jazz, electronic to rock, the collection represents the diversity of the local scene. Library cardholders can stream unlimited music for free through the service’s website and mobile app.
Bay Beats also provides a platform to showcase artists who may not have access to major streaming services. Any musician living in the Bay Area can submit their music for consideration to be added to the catalog. Including unsigned, independent artists provides opportunities for exposure and new audiences.
The launch of the streaming service involved digitizing over 1,000 CDs from the San Francisco History Center’s extensive collection. Adding this digitized content ensures the preservation of historic local recordings. The library plans to continually add music to the platform.
With many live music venues struggling due to Covid-19, Bay Beats offers a valuable way for people to continue engaging with the Bay Area’s talented musical community. Music fans can discover new favorite local artists while supporting the scene. The service provides an enriching way for the library to fulfill its mission and connect patrons to local culture.
Try Bay Beats today to hear the sounds of the San Francisco music scene with just a library card. Support local artists and check out the diversity of music happening in your own backyard.