Every year a delegation of the neoScores team attends the Frankfurter Musikmesse, the biggest trade fair for musical instruments, sheet music and music production in Europe. When we launched the Gustaf Store and App in February 2016, it was up to our sales team to go present it to the world and get both publishers and customers excited to dive into digital scores.
Our Gustaf store manager talks about being part of a tech start-up and changing her assumptions on what music notation is, by getting acquainted with the MusicXML format being used in the Gustaf App.
As neoScores has grown from a great idea to a fine company, it was time to adjust the organization of the company. Our goal is to be the preferred partner of the sheet music publishers and at the same time offer the best digital experience to musicians. We felt that in order to grow the company further, we need a different type of leadership.
A question that often crops up is what the “core repertoire” of a classical musician looks like? And what should it contain for a jazz pianist? Or for a country singer? While not 100% defined, there seems to be a general consensus among experts of the respective genres what should definitely be in it.
The next issue that obviously pops up is related to the size of such repertoire and how it profits from online distribution.
neoScores is proud to have been awarded a Seal of Excellence by Horizon 2020, the EU framework for Research and Innovation 2014–2020. The Seal of Excellence confirms that our project proposal GUSTAFGO2EU, an EU champion for selling and playing digital sheet music, was “successful in a highly competitive evaluation process as an innovative project proposal”.
Here at neoScores we spend a lot of time thinking about and analysing where this industry is heading. As with every business, one can expect the effects of internet and digitalization to kick in at some point. Unlike what we’ve seen in the music and book industry, these disruptive forces have taken a long time to materialize.
We at neoScores are well on our way to changing the digital sheet music world. We are very ambitious and strive to be musical innovators every day. We have a ton of ideas for new features and are now looking for helping hands to join the team and make those dreams reality.
It can be tricky to start a business that relies heavily on copyright licenses when there is always great uncertainty as to who properly holds the relevant copyright. The Gustaf Store for digital sheet music handles this challenge by licensing only sheet music from well-known and reputable publishers. For each single sheet music file that can be obtained in the Store, the a publisher has guaranteed that they hold all appropriate copyrights.
Gustaf offers the ultimate solution in digital scores for musicians, composers and sheet music publishers
- Gustaf launches online store for digital sheet music in Paris with Jef Neve and Ksenija Sidorova
- Gustaf launches new web app: a state-of-the-art application to use and share scores
- Online store and web app for all devices and operating systems
- Comprehensive data-driven solution provides key sales insights for publishers and composers
neoScores, the Belgian start-up that creates and markets digital sheet music, has raised EUR 1.9 million via a consortium of Belgian venture capitalists and business angels. In addition, neoScores collected EUR 100,000 through crowdfunding in less than a week.