BOStunes: Crowdsourcing our transfer music

Making Boston City Hall Transfer Music Local


Submit Your Local Music to the City of Boston (440)

(Photo source: Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection.)

We don't like to leave you hanging on the telephone - that's why when you  call Boston City Hall, you can reach a real person 24 hours a day at the Mayor's 24-Hour Call Center. But if you're transferred, you'll hear a short clip of music. We think that music should be as uniquely Bostonian as you are.

That's why we're turning to you, Boston: we're turning our newly upgraded phone system into a place to showcase our talented local musicians


This November, tweet @DoITBoston your holiday/winter-themed tracks to be included in our transfer music playlist, and we'll promote you and your song via our website and social media Read the rules below, and we can't wait to hear from you!

How to Submit

  1. Follow & tweet @DoITBoston, our Department of Innovation & Technology, and use the hashtag #BOStunes.

  2. Make sure to include a link to *one song* where we can preview your streaming music, such as Bandcamp, Soundcloud, or Myspace. We'll reach out to winners, who will need to provide a file formatted according to the following specifications:

    • 16-bit PCM WAV file

    • Stereo or Mono

    • Sample rates of 48, 44.1, 32, 16 or 8 kHz

Additional Rules

  • At least one member of your group or band must live in Boston at the time of submission

  • Keep it clean & respectful: no profane or discriminatory language.
    Read our External User Policy »

Copyright Terms

The music and sound recording submitted must be the artist’s original work. The artist certifies that the music and sound recording submitted has never been copyrighted or, if copyrighted, that the artist is the copyright owner. The artist must be the sole owner of the copyright of any music and sound recording submitted. Submittal of the sound recording is the entrant’s warranty that the music and sound recording does not infringe any third party’s rights. By submitting a sound recording in this contest, you give the City of Boston an unlimited, worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, fully paid up, license to use, copy, repost, transmit or otherwise distribute, publicly display, publicly perform, adapt, prepare derivative works of, compile, make available and otherwise communicate to the public the music and sound recording. The submitted music and sound recording may be used singly or in combination with other elements. In the event that the ownership of the music and sound recording submitted is challenged in any manner by any person, the City of Boston may disqualify that submission, discontinue its use, and obtain indemnification for damages to the City caused by the submission of infringing music or sound recordings .