Teams of researchers and students at Ithaca College and Cornell University have been working on a tool to inject more local music into people’s Spotify playlists. It’s called Localify, and works by getting people to choose their location and a selection of their favourite artists.
“We’ll create playlists that mix your favorites with local artists while recommending upcoming shows in your city,” explains its website.
An article on news site The Ithacan offers more details, including the fact that the project has received $1.2m of grant-funding, mainly from the National Science Foundation. It explains that Localify currently has a database of 200,000 artists, 500k tracks and 50k events across 1.3k cities, having launched in beta in August 2019.