It’s been a few short weeks since the Kickstarter funder period ended and the next phase of the project is now fully underway! Surveys have been sent out to backers on the €100 tier and above, along with messages to find out which works and composers are to be liberated. (See the list here. Everyone is welcome to suggest a piece for each liberated composer, via the links in that document.) Backers on the other reward tiers will receive their surveys soon. If your reward includes a postcard then you get to choose which work’s cover art goes on the postcard. However, we won’t ask you to tell us which one you want until after we’ve made a good number of them so you can see what they look like before making your decision.
We’ve had quite a few submissions already, and you can expect to see these start to appear on OpenScore's MuseScore profile over the next few weeks. Naturally, transcribers do most of the work entering notes and symbols into the score, but there is still a considerable amount of time and effort that goes into checking the submission, making changes where necessary, and producing the OpenScore edition. We aim to have all the Kickstarter pieces transcribed by this time next year.
For those who interested in transcribing, we have decided to start allowing people to reserve pieces to transcribe so that they can be sure that nobody else is working on them at the same time. At present, only works liberated by the Kickstarter can be reserved. You need to demonstrate to us that you seriously intend to transcribe the work before we will allow you to reserve it. You do this by choosing the edition you want to transcribe and creating a template score in MuseScore. The template score is simply an empty score (no notes or symbols added) but with the correct title, composer, and all the right instruments added. If the work consists of multiple pieces/movements then the template score must have all the instruments from all the movements. You reserve the work by sending an email to email@example.com containing the reference number of the IMSLP edition with the template score attached. Put the name of the work in the subject line.
Look out for the first tutorial video arriving in the next few days on OpenScore’s YouTube channel, which will discuss the things you need to consider when picking an edition to transcribe, and explain how to tell whether the edition is still in copyright.