Bringing music to the people
Your Fort Worth Public Library music librarian and adult services staff strive to collaborate with other organizations in the arts to bring unique, musical cultural programs into the diverse neighborhoods of Fort Worth. We are proud to partner with Cliburn in the Community, Fort Worth Opera and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Much of the cultural district of Fort Worth is centralized and by partnering with these organizations we can bring unique experiences to our residents inside and outside the loop of 820.
Curating the Sounds of Fort Worth
Amplify 817 is a commercial-free music streaming service offered by the Fort Worth Public Library featuring exclusively Fort Worth-based artist. Launched in 2020, Amplify 817 was designed to pay artists up-front for their licensing and be a supportive network to enhance the music scene of the City. We're supported financially in-part by the Fort Worth Public Library Foundation and regularly collaborate with Hear Fort Worth to support our local artists.
In 2022 we're continuing our YouTube series, Off the Record, featuring interviews and performances with our artists. We're expanding programming to an August 17 (8/17) showcase of artists and we are sponsoring an eight-part concert series for local artists at Tulips FTW.
Instrument Lending Debuts May 2022
We're eager to launch instrument lending through the Fort Worth Public Library. Residents will be able to check out guitars (adult and youth sizes) for three weeks at a time to explore their musical talents. We've collaborated with local Amplify 817 artist, Jacob Furr, to present guitar lessons through our YouTube channel. We're actively developing expansion plans to introduce more instruments to the program.
Third Thursday Jazz Legacy Continues
In 2022 we're heading into our 13th year offering free jazz concerts to the Fort Worth community. After two years of online or hybrid programming we're eager to return to the Central Library where we can host up to 500 guests. The 2022 Jazz season will run June through October, with the finale performance in Burnett Park.