We did it! What happens now?
Thanks to the generous support of 1237 backers, and numerous people who have signed up to transcribe, the sheet music revolution will happen! Most crowdsourcing project face an uphill battle early on, as they struggle to reach the critical mass of contributors, users and funding to get off the ground. Thanks to your support, we now have all three, which should enable the OpenScore collection to continue to grow well into the future.
The campaign also raised awareness about the benefits of digital music and open licensing. Articles about the campaign popped up on various blogs and news outlets in multiple countries and languages (we’re keeping a list here), and we’ve been approached by music libraries and other crowdsourcing and open data projects who are keen to collaborate. Thanks to your support, OpenScore can take its part in the global movement towards free and open knowledge.
So what happens now?
We will soon send out surveys to collect the information we need to fulfil the rewards. Depending on the reward you selected, you can use the survey to tell us how you want your name to appear in credits, what the dedication should be, etc.
In the meantime, we will push out a few more OpenScore Editions that we didn’t quite have ready during the campaign. We will then concentrate on editions and composers that were liberated as part of the campaign. Only when we have made substantial progress with these will we begin to look at other public domain works.
While the transcription work is going on there will be regular updates on our blog and Facebook and Twitter feeds. Selected OpenScore editions be published YouTube, along with the occasional video update and transcription tutorial, so make sure you subscribe to our YouTube channel if you haven’t already.