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Touchscreen music stand that eliminates the need for paper sheet music, with hands-free page turning, annotation sharing, and more.

Your backing will enable my team to host an event called Hacking-4-Muzik in NYC. It will allow us to attract the nation's top programmers, software developers, graphic designers, and techy musicians, who will gather to create innovative software and accelerate the public launch of the MyMuzik Stand.

The MyMuzik Stand is a portable, 20" touchscreen music stand that will eliminate paper sheet music and the hassles it creates. It will allow hands-free page turning, touchscreen annotating, and online storage of your sheet music library so that you’ll never lose a page again. It is not only for the individual musician but will be a game changer for organized ensembles as well, because each stand can be wirelessly connected to allow real-time sharing of annotations and other information.

I’m anticipating a huge spike in interest after an upcoming national television appearance, and I’d like to have a product ready for our eager customers in March 2012. The hardware and business side of things is really coming together – I’ve got a great board that’s helping me orchestrate manufacturing and logistics. My company is also the pilot project for a new business acceleration program called CEO Ventures, run by the local economic development organization. They’ll be providing us with incredible services and business support in the coming year.

The last major hurdle is software. I have a small but incredibly talented and dedicated development team, and they’ve been working around the clock to push forward on our ambitious timetable. Hacking-4-Muzik will help us accelerate and meet that goal.

The 54-hour coding marathon will take place in one of NYC's business incubators near Times Square, building upon the success of December 2011's Syracuse Hacking-4-Muzik. At the end of the weekend, the newly formed teams will showcase 'the fruits of their labor' to a panel of judges and community members. Exemplary teams will receive prizes for their work, and individuals who fit our culture and work standard will be offered a place on the MyMuzik team. Though short-term cash is tight, we have funding in the pipeline and will be in a position to hire by the end of February.

The explosion of creative output from NYC Hacking-4-Muzik will propel the MyMuzik Stand toward a successful March 2012 launch. Software is the last milestone for making digital music stands a reality, and this event is important to its success. Our $13,500 event budget includes space rental, prizes, food, and other expenses necessary to attract the best and the brightest. As a young, high-growth startup in our development phase, we have boundless potential, but short term cash is tight. Your help will enable us to stick to our growth strategy and bring that potential to fruition as quickly as possible.

Our goals are truly ambitious, but with your help, we can achieve them. Please pledge what you can!

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REWARD NOTES

All of our rewards are Kickstarter exclusives. The software beta is a good example; we are not planning to publicly offer PC software as a stand-alone product. Even if we change our minds, the closed beta will be accessible only to insiders and Kickstarter backers.

Likewise, those who pre-order one or more MyMuzik Stands through this page will always be first in line -- even if there's a long waiting list! 

Finally, all rewards are CUMULATIVE, if you wish them to be. For example, if you pledge $550 for a MyMuzik Stand, you may also request membership to the Development Google Group. (There will be space in the backer survey to indicate this.)

Remember, no pledges or rewards change hands unless we reach our target by the deadline, so pledge as much as you can! If you aren't yourself a musician, these rewards make one-of-a-kind gifts.

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IMUZIK LLC is located in the Technology Garden of Syracuse, New York.  We are the pilot project of a new acceleration program: CEO VENTURES.

Makin some MUZIK!

PLEDGES HERE! :-p

Robert Jandura - Cessna CEO/Founder IMUZIK LLC and the MyMuzik Stand.

A bit of Piano Improvisation by Robert Jandura Cessna

FAQ

  • You can actually already get iPad apps that display sheet music, and others have marketed devices that enable you to mount your tablet to a microphone stand. http://www.youtube.com/watch…

    We have been well aware of these options from the very beginning and think they're quite clever. However, everyone on the MyMuzik Team is an experienced musician, and we know that 8.5"x11" sheet music cannot be comfortably viewed full screen on a 7" tablet. Orchestral scores and other ensemble pieces tend to be printed even larger. Zooming in may make the notes large enough to read, but introduces an inconvenient need to scroll.

    Unlike ordinary language text, music staffs do not adapt easily to being compressed and reformatted to fit an unusual screen, and they are not conducive to scrolling. Our 20" screen is the perfect size and aspect ratio to accomodate two side-by-side pages of typical sheet music, displayed exactly how they were intended to be by the editor. Everything about our design and user experience is created with the serious musician or organized ensemble in mind.

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  • Any existing paper music you might already have can be easily scanned to pdf and loaded onto the MyMuzik Stand. There is also a wide selection of online stores that can provide digital sheet music for virtually any piece, in pdf form.

    After launch, we plan to offer users of the MyMuzik Stand access to a large archive of public domain sheet music, which we will then expand to include non-public-domain works. We are working now to determine the exact structure of this feature.

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  • You can turn the pages with a foot pedal, which allows you to control exactly when the screen changes.

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    Access to the Imuzik Google Group (opt-in). Join in discussions with fellow music and technology enthusiasts who support the MyMuzik Stand! Biweekly exclusives written by myself and other company employees and executives, featuring behind-the-scenes anecdotes and updates that you won't find on the website and other public outlets.

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    Insider access to the limited-release PC software beta! Be the first to see the next big thing in music-display software, and shape its development as we improve it for the MyMuzik Stand public release. You will also receive thank you recognition on the MyMuzik Stand website.

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    Company or individual, thank you recognition on the My Muzik Stand website. A MYMUZIK POSTER AND TEE SHIRT A handwritten thank you letters, from My Muzik founder Robert Jandura Cessna. An invitation to participate in all future Hacking 4 Muzik events.

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    Unlimited sheet music downloads from our growing, affiliated archive, for three years. Includes access to the limited-release PC software beta so that you can preview the complete MyMuzik experience.

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    Direct access to our software developers via the limited-membership Development Google Group (no more than 75 non-employees). Includes access to the limited-release PC software beta. Post your thoughts on features and problems in a forum where you know one of our core team will see it right away, and where every message receives an individualized response.

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    You will be the first to receive a FREE MyMuzik Stand - a 20" inch touchscreen digital music stand with on board versatile software.

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    Sponsorship recognition at this and all future Hacking-4-Muzik events. Your name or organization will be prominently featured on our program, documents, keepsakes, and future Hacking-4-Muzik promotional materials.

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    Receive TWO MyMuzik Stands from the initial production run. Give one to a friend and enjoy collaborative networking and real-time annotation sharing.

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    Receive FOUR MyMuzik Stands from the initial production run, enough for your band or small ensemble. Bring both your rehearsals and your performances to the next level with collaborative networking, real-time annotation-sharing, and sleek presentation.

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    I'll engrave your name or organization somewhere on the back plate of the MyMuzik Stand in its first year of production.

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