San Francisco Public Library's new Bay Beats streaming music service will launch in fall 2023. (San Francisco Public Library)

The San Francisco Public Library is encouraging Bay Area musicians to send in submissions of their songs and albums this month so they can be featured on a new streaming platform for local music.

The library began accepting submissions Monday in all genres for its new Bay Beats platform that will go live in the fall, offering commercial-free music from artists in the nine Bay Area counties. Submissions are open through July 31.

A panel of jurors from the library and the local music community will review the submissions and select which ones will be featured on the platform. Musicians selected will be paid a $250 honorarium but will not be required to grant any exclusive rights to their music on the site.

Bay Beats will be available for streaming by everyone, and the library’s cardholders will be able to download albums for free.

The San Francisco library system says other libraries around the country, including ones in New Orleans and Nashville, have created their own music streaming platforms.

More details about Bay Beats and how to submit music for consideration can be found online.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

Dan McMenamin is the managing editor at Bay City News, directing daily news coverage of the 12-county greater Bay Area. He has worked for BCN since 2008 and has been managing editor since 2014 after previously serving as BCN’s San Francisco bureau reporter. A UC Davis graduate, he came to BCN after working for a newspaper and nonprofit in the Davis area. He handles staffing, including coaching of our interns, day-to-day coverage decisions and management of the newswire.