THE VMLS PROGRAMS:
The Music Library Collection: Studio & Live Recordings by Vermont Artists.
'In Silver Light,' the critically acclaimed Vermont songwriter compilation CD.
The 1907 L.S. Gordon Storefront Restoration - our future archive.
The Vermont Jukebox Project, bringing Vermont-made music into Visitor Welcome Centers.
The Rocket Shop Radio Hour, broadcasting from the VMLS collection every Wednesday 8-9pm on WOMM-LP 105.9FM The Radiator (Burlington).
Coming in 2009: Our 'Timeline of Vermont' CD project, gathering 400 years of Vermont's music for CD and the web.
'Music for the Sky' Soundtrack to the Vermont fiddlers documentary by Nikolai Fox
Big Heavy World (parent organization of the VMLS) has spent many years empowering, promoting and cheerleading Vermont’s musicians, participating in expanding their audiences and the public appreciation of their art. Many of the projects of the organization have been recognized in the press for their practical benefits to Vermont state culture, but the underpinning world view is less obvious: A fundamental institutional value of Big Heavy World is inclusivity, and in all its efforts to preserve and promote Vermont-made music this world view includes and makes welcome every aesthetic within the musical art form.
The Vermont Jukebox Project carries forward this ideal by providing an innovative service to music patrons and Vermont-based musicians alike: It brings Vermont-made music to the welcome centers along Vermont's Interstate highway system. The project's intention is to expand the horizon of options for local and traveling music patrons; cultivate public awareness of the value of Vermont-made music; and celebrate the musical arts originating in Vermont.
Inside the Williston northbound Vermont Visitor Welcome Center. Photo courtesy Eric Bessette, Shadows & Light Design / Vermont Department of Buildings & General Services.
The project is comprised of hardware that plays Vermont-made music through public address systems in fourteen of twenty statewide welcome centers administrated by the Vermont State Department of Buildings and General Services. It was conceived in part as a cost-effective means of exposing regional musical artists to new audiences of music consumers. The digital nature of the project requires a single CD recording from any artist to initiate their involvement; the music is duplicated in digital format to each jukebox installation. There is no fee to the artists involved, a characteristic of Big Heavy World. The intended infrastructure of the project is inexpensive ‘commodified’ personal computers which are an ideal platform for media playback and interactivity.
An interim solution has been distribution of digital music files on recordable DVD’s, performed with consumer grade DVD players connected to stereo systems at each welcome center. This version of the project has exceeded its 4.7GB capacity.
The Williston northbound Vermont Visitor Welcome Center.
Vermont Jukebox Project installations direct music consumers to the Vermont Music Library & Shop to browse or purchase albums. Purchases of Vermont-made music at this storefront — where solely Vermont-made albums are found — contribute to operational support of The Big Heavy World Foundation, Inc, an educational nonprofit organization with a mission of preserving and promoting Vermont-made music.
The Vermont Jukebox Project is a collaboration of The Big Heavy World Foundation, Inc. and The Vermont State Department of Buildings and General Services, supported in part by the Vermont Arts Council.
Spencer Crispe & John Biehn of Big Heavy World/VMLS launch the Vermont Jukebox Project April 1, 2005 at the Capital Region Visitors Center in Montpelier.
The first distribution in Spring 2005 included albums from these Vermont artists:
Aaron Flinn's Salad Days
(The first Jukebox Project distribution was installed at the Southeastern Vermont Welcome Center, Guilford; Vermont Welcome Center at Fairhaven, Capital Region Visitors Center, Montpelier; Williston Northbound Information Center; Williston Southbound Information Center; and the Quechee Gorge Visitor Center.
The second distribution was delivered in the Spring of 2006 and included these artists:
Adam R. Boyce
The third distribution scheduled for the Spring of 2007 will also include these artists (as of December 12, 2007):
Adam R. Boyce
The VT Jukebox Project on WCAX Channel 3.
Vermont Artists: Be Involved!
Vermont artists who would like to have their music included in the programming of the statewide Vermont Jukebox Project are invited to send SIX copies of your CD to the Vermont Music Library & Shop, P.O. Box 428, Burlington, VT 05402. Five will become inventory in the shop while the sixth 'house copy' is scanned, encoded, and entered into the VMLS library catalog. To be involved, return these two completed forms with your CD's:
You'll require the free Adobe Reader to view and print these documents. We're glad to mail copies of the forms to you as well, if that's helpful. Let us know you need them sent and give them your mailing address by phoning (802) 865-1140. Some limitations on musical content within the VT Jukebox Project are imposed by the Dept. of Buildings and General Services but the VMLS would like to make your music available at the Vermont Music Shop and in the library catalog no matter what your genre or choice of vocabulary might be. :)
Map of Regional Visitor Welcome Centers
Download Map (PDF)
'Green Mountain Jukebox'
'Rest Areas Pump Vt. Jams' (PDF)
'Jukebox project brings Vermont music to visitors' (Links to transcript and audio file).
Credits & Thanks
The Vermont Jukebox Project is a collaboration of the Vermont Department of Buildings & General Services and the VMLS. Charter funding was generously provided by Advance Music Center.
The VMLS deeply appreciates the support and participation of these individuals: Steve Cook, Lisa Sanchez, Kathy Satterfield & Ed von Turkovich of the Vermont Information Center Division of the Vermont Department of Buildings & General Services; Ginny Joyner; Diane Konrady, Heritage Tourism Coordinator, Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing; and Mike Trombley, Advance Music Center.