RELEASE — The City of Kingston is seeking submissions from local musicians, groups and organizations that would like to have their music featured as part of YGK Music 2022. YGK Music is an annual program that features 30 tracks created by local musicians made available for listening on the City website and call waiting system, Visit Kingston website, as well as SoundCloud. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on Friday, March 18.
“We’re excited to kick off YGK Music 2022,” says Danika Lochhead, Manager, Arts and Sector Development. “Kingston has an incredibly talented community of musicians and through this program, we are able to showcase and promote the strength and diversity of the local music scene.”
The call for submissions, evaluation criteria and the application form can be found on the City website. YGK Music 2022 submissions will be evaluated by a Local Music Working Group consisting of volunteer members with music expertise in Kingston. Each musician, group, or organization featured will receive an honourarium of $150 for use of their selected track. The playlists are expected to go live in June 2022.
The 2021 YGK Music playlists attracted over 1,100 plays through SoundCloud and it is estimated that close to 40,000 people experienced initial exposure to YGK Music through the City of Kingston’s call waiting system. YGK Music was also featured as part of the Love Kingston Marketplace in 2021 with the work of local musicians being broadcast in Springer Market Square and YGK Music artists being featured as part of live performances in the Square.
About the playlists
The first playlist, Kingston Sounds, will feature tracks by local musicians and help residents and visitors alike discover the strength and diversity of Kingston’s music scene. This playlist will feature rock, pop, dance, electronic, hip-hop and indie, classical jazz, blues, folk and world music genres. The second playlist, Music on Hold will offer local music on the City’s phone system and will feature jazz and classical instrumental tracks created by Kingston musicians.