OpenScore: How you can get involved!
Thanks to the 1000+ backers who made the OpenScore Kickstarter a success! The campaign was the culmination of over 10 months of planning and hard work, and we're absolutely thrilled to see it come to fruition! There's no time to rest though, because now the real works begins: transcribing, checking and creating OpenScore editions.
How to get involved
There are a few ways you can help:
- Send us a transcription you have already done (here’s how).
- Reserve a piece to transcribe on your own (see this page).
- Sign-up to take part in a group transcription (sign-up here).
We will invite more experienced transcribers to take on additional responsibilities, such as helping to review submissions and supervise group transcriptions. There will also be opportunities for skilled engravers to make their mark, by polishing up submissions that wouldn't otherwise make the cut. This may be necessary if a score is submitted in MusicXML format rather than MuseScore format, or to ensure consistency between sections of a score that were transcribed by different people. In such cases, the engraver would be credited along with the transcriber in the OpenScore Edition.
What to transcribe
We’ve had an amazing response already, and the main problem we have now is keeping up with the demand! As you know, we want to liberate all public domain music. However, for the time being we will only accept transcriptions of pieces which were liberated by the Kickstarter campaign (see list). This is done for two reasons. Firstly, as a courtesy to backers who paid to see a particular piece liberated. Secondly, we do not yet have the tools and infrastructure in place to liberate all public domain music (that’s why we ran the Kickstarter in the first place!) so we need to prioritize until we do have them in place. Only after we have made significant progress with the Kickstarter pieces will we begin to look at others.
The Kickstarter campaign promised to liberate 100 pieces. This was a number we felt we could deliver with our current resources. While work is underway on this initial set of pieces, we will also be developing the MuseScore.com website to make it easier to contribute more pieces in the future. We hope that you will be patient with us as we prepare for the next stage of development. The pace might seem a bit slow at first, but it should accelerate as the new tools become available.
One of the first things to look forward to is a tool to leave a comment directly on a particular part of a score. This will allow reviewers to point out exactly where mistakes occur so that they can be corrected quickly and easily. There will also be special rewards and badges for contributors to earn, which will be displayed on their MuseScore profiles. We're still in the process of deciding how these will work, but we will make that they can be earned retrospectively, so existing contributions will not be overlooked.
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