Musicians: Be heard!


We are in search of more Minnesota musicians to feature on MnSpin, an online streaming and download platform. Submit your song for consideration by March 28.

From the Andrews Sisters to Atmosphere, from Bob Dylan to Prince, from Cantus to Semisonic, from Bobby Vee to the Minnesota Orchestra, many great musicians have launched from Minnesota to the world.

Hennepin County Library is in search of more Minnesota musicians to feature on MnSpin, its new online streaming and download platform that launched in December of 2017.

Submit a song

Minnesota musicians and bands of all genres are encouraged to submit one song for consideration by March 28, 2018  A panel of local music experts and library staff will review all submissions, and invite selected artists (up to 80) to make one album available through the online platform. Artists will sign a license agreement and receive $200.

Thanks to a grant from the Friends of the Hennepin County Library, music lovers are able to connect to this new collection through Anyone can stream from the platform, and Hennepin County Library cardholders can download songs free.

“Minnesota is such an incubator for musical artists," said Hennepin County Library Director Lois Langer Thompson. "MnSpin is an opportunity for the music community to have its music heard and for all music lovers to have access to the rich talents of local musicians.”

A diverse collection

Hennepin County Library will strive to create a collection that reflects the diversity of our community. Music in the collections will follow the same genre guidelines as in the general collection:

  • Americana, bluegrass and country
  • Blues, jazz and soul
  • Classical
  • Christian and gospel
  • Folk, ethnic and world
  • Pop and rock
  • Rap, hip-hop and R&B
  • Children

MnSpin will be open for submissions February 21-March 28, 2018. For more information visit