MusicXML at Musikmesse and SXSW Interactive

Musikmesse logoWe will once again have a MusicXML community meeting at Musikmesse in Frankfurt as part of the MusicBiz Lounge and Congress. The meeting will be on Friday, March 14 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm in the Harmonie Room located off of Hall 5.1.

The MusicXML community meeting will be hosted by neoScores and refreshments will be served afterwards. Please contact Jonas Coomans at neoScores if you will be attending so they can plan accordingly. They can also provide you with a free 1-day pass for Musikmesse if you need one. Jonas’s email is

This year we plan to have some focused discussions on several MusicXML topics:

  • Progress in the MusicXML community since last year’s meeting.
  • MusicXML 4.0 and SMuFL 1.0. SMuFL (Standard Music Font Layout) is a project led by Daniel Spreadbury at Steinberg to standardize musical font encodings in the Unicode private area. Daniel will be present to introduce SMuFL. SMuFL addresses many of the requests we have received for MusicXML standardization over the years. We will discuss community interest in adding SMuFL support to MusicXML 4.0, and what exactly SMuFL support may mean for the MusicXML format.
  • NeoScores will discuss a tool that cleans existing MusicXML files from older applications. This is a common problem for applications that want to support older notation files created with only printed music in mind.
  • MusicXML and the MIDI Manufacturers Association (MMA) and Association of Musical Electronics Industry (AMEI). The MMA and Japanese counterparts AMEI maintain the MIDI standard for musical instrument interoperability. Recently MMA and AMEI have started discussing the possibility of an electronic score standard. We would like the MusicXML community’s feedback on the possibility of MMA and AMEI serving as a long-term standards body home for the MusicXML format.

sxsw 2014This year I will also be attending the SXSW Interactive conference for the first time. I will be at SXSW in Austin, Texas from March 7 to 10, then at Musikmesse from March 12 to 15. Please contact us if you would like to arrange a meeting at either of these events. You can contact us via messages on the MusicXML Twitter or Facebook accounts. I look forward to meeting with many of you at these events!

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