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Sonolize in the press

Sonolize offers a platform for composers and their sheet music

The Dutch company Sonolize offers a worldwide digital platform for composers and their creations.

By Mark van de Voort, Den Bosch

Working had in your attic on the most beautiful music scores. A romantic image that people often have of the lonely composer. Creative inspiration and perspiration that should also bring in money. And that is where the shoe often pinches. Sonolize wants to offer an alternative for composers who want to offer their scores.
“We notice a lot of frustration among music makers,” says Kamiel Rietsema, General Manager of Sonolize. “The world of music publishers is a traditional bastion. Composers are poorly paid for all their creative work. With Sonolize we opt for an alternative that is more in line with the future. ” Rietsema and creative director Jan Gerrit Adema launched their online company Sonolize at the beginning of this month. A creative start-up in the heart of the Dutch city Den Bosch.
Sonolize is a digital platform where composers can sell their scores and musicians can download sheet music. ”And that at a fair price for the work delivered,” Adema emphasizes. “Where most music publishers transfer a maximum of 15 percent of the selling price to the composer, we offer the music makers 65 percent. In addition, the composer retains the copyrights and they receive 100% of the royalties. We give the composer back as much freedom as possible. ”

Digital revolution
During an animated café conversation between Adema and Rietsema, the idea arose for a new, fair and more sustainable music publisher. Adema is a composer and celebrated conductor within the brass band world. Rietsema is active as a Human Resources consultant. “A good mix. He doesn't know anything about barlines and I'm not that handy with euros, ”smiles Adema. "Fortunately, we do have the same dry humor." Rietsema was gripped by Adema's story about the conservative world of music publishers. “In addition to the poor payment of composers, there is also talk of a digital revolution in the music world. More and more musicians and conductors work with iPads. Paper scores are giving way to digital sheet music. We respond to that. ”

"In the fragmented landscape of contemporary music, such a central place as Sonolize is a godsend"
Kamiel Rietsema

Of course composers can publish their own work. “But as a composer or new talent you are not easily found. In the fragmented landscape of contemporary music, such a central place as Sonolize is a godsend ”, expects Rietsema. “Our website is a combination of Facebook and E-bay. As a composer you maintain a profile page with biography and sheet music. In addition, there is a search function for interested musicians where you can search for specific scores. The selected score can then be purchased and downloaded with a mouse click. ”
Forty composers have now been registered with Sonolize, from the Netherlands, Belgium and the UK. Local composers such as Matthias van Nispen and Fons van Gorp already offer their wares on the Sonolize website. You can choose from several hundred scores: from harmony and choir, to symphonic and piano music. “We are actively looking for new composing talent,” says Adema. “During the corona period, this was mainly done via the internet, but we also visit festivals and maintain contacts with conservatories and orchestras. Everyone should know that there is an alternative to traditional publishing. This is largely motivated by idealism, and in the long run it would be nice if we could get something out of it ourselves. ”


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