Zinfonia was born at the Frankfurt Musikmesse in April, 2009 when four of the world’s most prestigious classical music publishing houses; Boosey & Hawkes, Music Sales (now Wise Music), Peters Edition and Ricordi & Co. partnered with Peter Grimshaw and BTM Innovation (BTMI) to create a website where performers, librarians and academics anywhere in the world could locate and acquire performance materials. Since then, Zinfonia has grown to become a unique and popular repository of information representing more than 115,000 concert music titles by 11,000 composers from 620 imprints serving almost 77,000 users in 147 countries.
Recently we have discovered an indexing problem in HLMSW which significantly degrades performance, and we have released a new build of HLMSW (8.01.0.56) which tackles and resolves this issue.
All users should see an immediate benefit from the update especially when working with UICs or printing stock-related information.
The installation process is a little more complicated and time consuming than usual, and so it is one that should only be undertaken with our assistance. All users running a version of HLMSW below this version should contact us at email@example.com to arrange a suitable time to upgrade your system at your earliest convenience.
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We are very happy to announce the launch of Chordata 2.0 which heralds a new direction for music publishers in the management of their assets, IP and metadata.
Chordata has been created specifically for music publishers – using the latest technologies, Chordata’s unique architecture effortlessly manages the complexity of the world of music publishing. In particular, Chordata manages all existing distribution chains with a particular emphasis on emerging digital marketplaces. Chordata is a subscription-based service delivered on the Web. While your data is securely held in the cloud, it is still accessible via the powerful Chordata API which gives you the option to connect your Chordata system directly to any other process or application. To have all your product data and related assets such as music files and contracts not only in one place but also properly connected to each other is only the beginning of your team’s Chordata experience.
The number of companies and systems that use the UIC to help categorise their instrumental parts continues to grow. To ensure we provide the most reliable and speedy access to the UIC data files, we have created a new destination to access the most recent UIC data.
If you visit this page you will see the new endpoints for all of the files which now come in both XML and JSON formats. The results have had a few small changes, but you should be able to use these new files without any modifications to your systems.
The files will be checked every day (at 1am UTC) and updated when required.
There is a new file called status.xml/status.json which you can use to check if your data requires an update by saving the LastUpdate value in your systems.
We will be updating all of our programs that use the UIC in the coming weeks to take advantage of the new service.
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Later this year a new service called Connect.inCopyright (CinC) will be launched to simplify the creation and management of global distribution rules for music on sale, rent or digital delivery.
A little history…
One of the great successes of the Zinfonia platform is that no matter where your customer is in the globe, their communications are sent direct to the office of the publisher or distributor that will actually handle their requests. To achieve this, Zinfonia provides tools that allow publishers to select distributors on a country-by-country basis from a curated list of publishers and distributors, all of which must agree to participate in the Zinfonia system.
Admittedly, this approach has a number of challenges due to the inherent complexity of the information which is constantly changing – not just the distribution rules but even the maps themselves on which these rules are based. Nevertheless, why should this very useful facility be restricted to JUST Zinfonia?
CinC is a platform where publishers can:
Create and maintain all global distribution rules from a central repository, drawing from a curated list of international publishers and distributors
provide publishers, sub-publishers and distributors facilities to maintain their own contact information to make sure that this is always up to date.
Access this data via a simple API so that publishers and 3rd-party developers can use the it in their own applications and processes
publishers have complete control over what 3rd-party systems can access their information
You can preview the selections using the Preview tab to see how your choices will look on both mobile and desktop. Note: Credit Cards (which cannot be turned off), Google Pay and Apple Pay are the only payment services that are enabled by default.
Some payment services require additional steps to be enabled, and some payment types, particularly Direct Debit types have a built in delay of some days before the funds are available to Stripe and you.
In HLMSW, the Invoice Due date field is populated by a set of rules that can use EITHER the same day, week or month before or after the Date Sent, First Performance Date or Last Performance Date (the rules for which are set in HLMSW Configuration Editor under the Edit Invoice/Credit Defaults section for the primary company, or under the individual company settings for multi company setups).
In the current build of HLMSW (Build 8.01.0.40) we have improved the way this works so that any changes to the source date will be reflected in the invoice due date automatically (this was not the case previously).
There may be some occasions though when you do NOT want this behaviour to occur, most commonly when you are working with transactions which are have no send by or performance dates (when the invoice due day is set to the same day the transaction is created). If you enter ANY other date in this field, then a little lock symbol will be displayed which means that the Invoice Due date is LOCKED and any other changes will not alter this date.
To remove this lock, all you need to do is either clear the date completely, or click on the lock itself and it will return to the system calculated due date.
Mandatory Email Addresses
This current build also has greater control for some delivery and accounting systems where an email address is mandatory, with a new option to force all accounts and invoice to include an email address now available.
Contact BTMI to arrange an upgrade.
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