Earlier today, SmartMusic’s parent company Peaksware, announced that Alfred Music, the world’s largest educational music publisher, will be joining its portfolio of companies. This is very exciting news for us at MakeMusic. But what does it mean for our products and our customers?
Both Alfred Music and MakeMusic will continue to operate independently. Our customers and current partners won’t be impacted; they will experience “business as usual.” This will, however, allow our organizations to share resources which will result in additional content and distribution channels for both companies. It’s important to note that this relationship will not change MakeMusic’s long-standing commitment to work equally with all publishing partners to provide the highest level of quality content for musicians and educators within SmartMusic.
“Our long-term goal at Peaksware is to build an end-to-end ecosystem that connects composers, publishers, educators, directors, and musicians,’ explained Peaksware CEO Gear Fisher. “Alfred brings additional distribution opportunities for artists and composers while expanding the repertoire within SmartMusic for teachers and musicians.”
“Music educators know and trust Alfred Music,” said Heath Mathews, SmartMusic director of licensing. “For more than 90 years the company has built a remarkable reputation, particularly in the world of music education, and we are honored to play a part in continuing to grow that reputation. Among our common goals is to provide educators with tools to engage and inspire students, so it makes perfect sense for us to expand our work together beyond simply including so much excellent Alfred content in SmartMusic. We believe this partnership will further extend the reach of SmartMusic into the education market. As a result we’ll be able to bring music from all of our publisher partners to more educators and their students; clearly a win-win for all involved.”
Read the full press release here.