The short version: My library wrote and recorded a song, and hereâ€™s the Youtube video for it! You can also:
- Download the song from iTunes
- Listen to the song on Soundcloud
- Visit the library’s website for more information
Â Longer version: Why did we do this?
Earlier this year, my library remodeled the kids area of the library and rebranded it the Kids Library. Part of our grand opening included some of our YA staff writing a song, and library staff performed the song at the grand opening (I played drums! Video here).
Our Marketing Director liked the song so much that she sent the â€œlibrary bandâ€ to a local recordingÂ studio to have the song professionally recorded.
Then we decided to go all out with it. I did a number of things with the song:
- registered the song with the Copyright office.
- set up a CDBaby account for the library. CDBaby allows us to easily get a song into iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, etc for purchase.
- yes – weâ€™re in iTunes!
- the library now has a Soundcloud account.
- and we made a music video for the song. Because these days, EVERY new song needs a Youtube music video, right?
Whatâ€™s our goal? We simply want to share the song on our website, with our community, and with other libraries and librarians. The nice thing about the song? Itâ€™s very library-focused. So if other libraries wanted to use the song as opening theme music for their kids events, it might work well.
Difficulties along the way. There was a bit of a learning curve for me, mainly with CDBaby:
- CDBaby is pretty strict with band names. We couldnâ€™t be â€œthe Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library Band.â€ Apparently, youâ€™re not supposed to mention brands or corporations in band names or album art. So the library bandâ€™s name is â€œThe Literaries.â€
- CDBaby has two pricing options for songs – a basic one and a Pro version that includes ASCAP or BMI registration for broadcast royalties. Again, because this song was a work for hire by an organization, we couldnâ€™t easily register the song. You can only sign up for ASCAP or BMI as an actual person/songwriter (not as an organization).
So – watch some of us (including yours truly) be a bit goofy and have some fun in the video. Listen to the song. If you think it might work for your library (or if you just like the song), please buy it!