OpenScore: First editions available! How to submit scores.
So far our Kickstarter campaign has raised 65% of the funding required to make OpenScore a success, and we only have 10 days left to get to 100%. Kickstarter funding is all-or-nothing, so if we don’t reach the target then we won't be able to review your contributions and turn them into OpenScore editions. You can help us by sharing the campaign on social media, telling all of your friends about it, and backing it if you can.
Another way to help is by sending us your existing transcription. Thanks to the generous contributions of the community, we have been able to put together the very first OpenScore editions over at https://musescore.com/openscore. If you want to see your transcription added to the collection then keep reading to find out what you need to do.
How to submit a transcription
Make sure your transcription is uploaded it to your online MuseScore account, and then send us an email containing:
- A link to your score(s) on MuseScore.com.
- The link to the IMSLP page for the work you transcribed.
- The reference number of the particular IMSLP edition you used.
- e.g. #103834
Send the email to email@example.com with "OpenScore submission" and the name of the work in the subject line. (If you are sending multiple works just put one or two of them in the subject line.)
Requirements for submissions
We can only use your transcription if it meets the following requirements:
- It is complete. (A few mistakes are OK, but there mustn’t be any music missing.)
- It is an exact (or near exact) transcription of an IMSLP edition - not your own arrangement.
- The IMSLP edition is in the public domain worldwide (not only in certain countries).
- You agree to waive all rights on the transcription under Creative Commons Zero.
These are suggested requirements which are prepared to overlook in certain situations:
- Where possible, we prefer transcriptions to be based on printed editions rather than handwritten manuscripts.
- Transcriptions should stick to the language of the original. All titles, instrument names and text should be in the same language as the IMSLP edition. Exceptions may be made if the IMSLP edition uses a non-latin alphabet.
Can I submit multiple pieces?
Sure! Please send them all in the one email, or as a reply to the original email if you have already sent it.
Do I need to extract parts and submit them separately?
No, you do not need to extract parts. Just submit the full score.
My piece has multiple movements. Should I submit them together or separately?
Ideally you should use a separate file for each movement and send us one email with links to all of the movements. If you joined the movements together into one file that is also acceptable.
Can I submit a single movement from a piece with multiple movements?
Not at the present time. If you transcribe a work with multiple movements then you must have transcribed all of the movements.
What if there are multiple pieces in one IMSLP edition?
There will be one OpenScore Edition per IMSLP edition, so if there are multiple pieces in a single IMSLP edition then you must have transcribed all of them (ideally in separate score files). For example, this IMSLP edition contains two pieces, so we cannot accept a transcription of one without the other. However, the two pieces on this IMSLP page have separate editions, so you only have to send one. As another example, each of Bach’s Brandenburg concertos has its own IMSLP page, so it’s OK to send us a transcription of just one of them.
Thank you for your support. Please remember to share the campaign. We look forward to seeing your transcriptions!
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