SoundSwell - Santa Cruz Music Project


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Monetary Donations

Help support our efforts to preserve and provide access to Santa Cruz County's unique local musical culture. As the project expands and grows, we must continually invest in the technological infrastructure and storage space required to preserve these precious sounds. 

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Your monetary donation is administered by the  Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries, our fundraising and advocacy group. They are a 501 (c) 3 non-profit, and all donations are tax deductible.

Album Donations

Donations of albums from musicians who do not wish to receive compensation may be considered. To be added to the online collection, donations must be submitted by the copyright holder of the album. These albums must meet the criteria set forth for inclusion in the collection.

Local musicians may donate CD's to be added to the physical collection of SoundSwell Local Music housed at the downtown branch regardless of copyright status or if some of the inclusion criteria cannot be met. 

To donate albums, send email to

Historical Items and Albums

A major goal of the SoundSwell project is to establish a historical archive of local music that brings in other digitized pieces to create a more comprehensive understanding of the musical landscape of Santa Cruz County. To that end, the library is happy to accept historical items and memorabilia (or their digital equivalents) associated with musicians in the collection. The types of items that lend themselves to this type of exhibit might include:

This aspect of the project is just beginning. Donations of this kind will be considered on a case-by-case basis. To discuss your historical donation, send email to or call Virtual Services at 831-427-7706 x 7763.