From Judy Newman at the WSJ:
Nashville is known as “Music City,” and Madison music startup Rabble will help polish that image by bringing the songs of Nashville’s local bands to that city’s libraries.
Rabble’s MUSICat program provides a curated selection of local bands to a community, making the selections available to residents via their libraries.
The Nashville Public Library will be Rabble’s latest client, with BoomBox scheduled to go live within days. Seattle’s public library system came on board in August with its PlayBack program, offering 50 albums by Seattle-area bands.
Those are in addition to collections Rabble has compiled for Madison and Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
“This is exceptionally good stuff. Libraries are doing important work, creating digital public spaces, and we’re proud to be part of it,” said Rabble CEO Kelly Hiser, who holds a doctorate in musicology.
She said Rabble is finalizing contracts with two more library systems – whose names can’t be released yet. They are expected to launch by the end of the year.
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