Have you Registered?

The webinar to present a publisher-focussed preview of the brand new versions of Zinfonia and in© are scheduled for next week are an important introduction to the new new tools you have access when the systems go live in January 2024.

If you have not already registered your interest, you have until this Friday December 8 to do so.

For more information contact us at help@zinfonia.com

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Zinfonia 2.0 First Look

A preview of the new-look Zinfonia (or Zinfonia 2.0 as we are calling it) is now available for Zinfonia publishers and distributors.

The new interface is fast and simple and works on all devices (even your smartphone!)

Please contact us for details how to access the preview.

We plan to release this version in the coming months once we have finished the translations and the supporting in© publisher tools are complete.

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Zinfonia Changes are coming

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.

Last week, the original publisher partners transferred ownership of their shareholding in the Zinfonia Holdings Pty Ltd company to BTMI, a change that will allow us to integrate Zinfonia into all of BTMI’s suite of offerings created to serve the industry: HLMSW, the UIC, in© and our latest addition Chordata.

This marks the beginning of a considerable investment in Zinfonia to enable significant enhancements through a complete overhaul using the latest technologies. New versions of both Zinfonia and in©, scheduled for early 2024, will demonstrate the power of this new marriage.

Zinfonia will remain as the free central point for customer interaction with an updated, fast, secure and mobile-friendly interface which will offer all of the same features currently enjoyed while in© will become the central hub for publishers to manage their Zinfonia presence, as well as providing other services like paperless contracts, distribution and link management tools.  Chordata and HLMSW will continue to work with all of these offerings, and HLMSW users will benefit from the option of new workflows to improve the way you interact with your Zinfonia customers (more on this a little closer to the time). 

Stay tuned for lots more Zinfonia news to come.

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Important HLMSW Update

Recently we have discovered an indexing problem in HLMSW which significantly degrades performance, and we have released a new build of HLMSW ( 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 help@hlmsw.com to arrange a suitable time to upgrade your system at your earliest convenience.

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Chordata in 2023

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.

While hire/rental functionality in Chordata will be added later in 2023,  the system will launch with a direct connection to our HLMSW rental system so that you do not need to maintain more than one database of titles anymore (HLMSW and in© are both included in the Chordata subscription). 

Chordata is the centrepiece of our offerings now and into the future working alongside with all of our existing systems HLMSW, In©, Zinfonia and the UIC.

We look forward to taking you on a tour of Chordata in 2023.

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Zinfonia 2022 Review

Most Performed works in 2022

  • Arturo Márquez Danzon No. 2 (Peermusic Classical) attach
  • Florence Price Symphony No. 1 in e minor (G. Schirmer) attach
  • Leonard Bernstein West Side Story. Symphonic Dances (Boosey & Hawkes) attach
  • Carl Orff Carmina Burana (Schott Music) attach
  • Aaron Copland Appalachian Spring. Suite [Orchestral Version] (Boosey & Hawkes) attach
  • Samuel Barber Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (G. Schirmer) attach
  • Modest Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition; arr. [Ravel] (Boosey & Hawkes) attach
  • William Grant Still Afro-American Symphony (Novello & Co) attach
  • John Rutter Requiem [ensemble version] (Oxford University Press) attach
  • Sergey Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances (Boosey & Hawkes) attach
  • Arturo Márquez Conga del Fuego Nuevo (Peermusic Classical) attach
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams Lark Ascending [full version], The (Oxford University Press) attach
  • José Pablo Moncayo Huapango (Peermusic Classical) attach
  • Florence Price Symphony No. 3 in c minor (G. Schirmer) attach
  • Leonard Bernstein Candide. Overture [Standard Concert Version] (Boosey & Hawkes) attach
  • Erich Wolfgang Korngold Konzert D-Dur (Schott Music) attach
  • Béla Bartók Concerto for Orchestra (Boosey & Hawkes) attach
  • Benjamin Britten Four Sea Interludes (Boosey & Hawkes) attach
  • Lili Boulanger D’un matin de printemps (Editions Durand) attach
  • Aaron Copland Appalachian Spring. Suite [Chamber Version] (Boosey & Hawkes) attach
  • Sergey Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (Boosey & Hawkes) attach
  • Benjamin Britten The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra (Boosey & Hawkes) attach
  • George Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue (Gershwin Music) attach
  • Joaquín Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez (Schott Music Mainz / Ediciones Joaquín Rodrigo) attach
  • Pyotr Tchaikovsky Nutcracker Suite, for Orchestra, The (Tempo Music) attach
  • Alberto Ginastera Estancia. Dances (Boosey & Hawkes) attach
  • Igor Stravinsky Pulcinella. Suite (Boosey & Hawkes) attach
  • Mack Wilberg Joy to the World [orch] [Index No. 273] (Oxford University Press) attach
  • Jean Sibelius Violin-Konzert d-Moll (Robert Lienau Musikverlag) attach
  • Aaron Copland Clarinet Concerto [Standard Version] (Boosey & Hawkes) attach
  • Maurice Ravel Boléro (Editions Durand) attach
  • Zoltán Kodály Tänze aus Galanta (Universal Edition) attach
  • Richard Strauss Der Rosenkavalier. Suite (Boosey & Hawkes) attach
  • Maurice Ravel Concerto en Sol (Editions Durand) attach
  • Gian Carlo Menotti Amahl and the Night Visitors, Opera (G. Schirmer) attach
  • Samuel Barber Knoxville, Summer of 1915, Op. 24 (G. Schirmer) attach
  • Max Richter Four Seasons Recomposed, The (Chester Music) attach
  • George Gershwin An American in Paris (Gershwin Music) attach
  • Gustav Mahler Sinfonie Nr. 5 (Edition Peters) attach
  • Aaron Copland Billy the Kid. Suite (Boosey & Hawkes) attach
  • Igor Stravinsky Petrushka [Revised] (Boosey & Hawkes) attach
  • Joan Tower Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, No. 1 (Associated Music Publishers) attach
  • Howard Blake Snowman (Concert Version), The (Chester Music) attach
  • John Rutter Magnificat (chamber orch version) (Oxford University Press) attach
  • Valentyn Silvestrov Stille Musik (M.P. Belaieff Musikverlag) attach
  • Ástor Piazzolla The Four Seasons in Buenos Aires (Warner Chappell) attach
  • Florence Price Piano Concerto in One Movement (G. Schirmer) attach
  • Jean Sibelius Symphony No. 5 (Edition Wilhelm Hansen) attach
  • Sergey Prokofiev Classical Symphony (Boosey & Hawkes) attach
  • Aaron Copland Lincoln Portrait (Boosey & Hawkes) attach
  • Mack Wilberg The First Nowell [Index No. 269] (Oxford University Press) attach
  • Francis Poulenc Concerto en sol mineur (Salabert) attach
  • Paul Hindemith Symphonic Metamorphosis (Schott Music) attach
  • Richard Strauss Four Last Songs (Boosey & Hawkes) attach
  • Leonard Bernstein West Side Story. Mambo (Concert Ending) (Boosey & Hawkes) attach
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams Symphony No.5 in D Major (Oxford University Press) attach
  • Sergey Prokofiev Violin Concerto No.2 in G minor (Boosey & Hawkes) attach
  • William Dawson Negro Folk Symphony (Shawnee Press) attach
  • Florence Price A.K.A. String Quartet No. 2 (G. Schirmer) attach
  • Igor Stravinsky Firebird Suite (1919), The (Chester/Firebird) attach
  • Fanny Hensel Overture in C Major (Carl Fischer Music) attach
  • Gabriela Lena Frank Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout (G. Schirmer) attach
  • John Adams Short Ride in a Fast Machine (Boosey & Hawkes (Hendon)) attach
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem (full orchestra) (Oxford University Press) attach
  • Ástor Piazzolla Cuatro Estaciones Portenas; arr. [Violin & Str]”Four Seasons of Buenos Aires (Warner Chappell) attach
  • Benjamin Britten Serenade (Boosey & Hawkes) attach
  • Francis Poulenc Gloria (Salabert) attach
  • George Gershwin An American in Paris (Schott Music) attach
  • Jean Sibelius Symphonie Nr. 2 D-dur Urtext nach der Gesamtausgabe (JSW) (Breitkopf & Härtel KG) attach
  • Arvo Pärt Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten (Universal Edition) attach
  • Leonard Bernstein West Side Story. Overture [Full] (Boosey & Hawkes) attach
  • Alberto Ginastera Estancia. Malambo (Boosey & Hawkes) attach
  • Dmitri Shostakovich Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47 (Dmitri Shostakovich Estate) attach
  • Anna Clyne This Midnight Hour (Boosey & Hawkes) attach
  • Aaron Copland Appalachian Spring. Ballet [13 Instruments] (Boosey & Hawkes) attach
  • Igor Stravinsky The Rite of Spring [1911-13, rev.1947] (Boosey & Hawkes) attach
  • John Rutter Gloria [full orchestra version] (Oxford University Press) attach
  • John Rutter Requiem [orchestral version] (Oxford University Press) attach
  • Leonard Bernstein On the Town. 3 Dance Episodes (Boosey & Hawkes) attach
  • Margaret Bonds The “Montgomery Variations” (Hildegard Publishing Company) attach
  • Florence Price Ethiopia’s Shadow in America (G. Schirmer) attach
  • Karl Jenkins The Armed Man [Reduced Version] (Boosey & Hawkes) attach
  • Leonard Bernstein Balcony Scene [Duet] (Boosey & Hawkes) attach
  • Gabriela Lena Frank Three Latin-American Dances for Orchestra (G. Schirmer) attach
  • Aaron Copland Symphony No.3 (Boosey & Hawkes) attach
  • Carlos Chavez Sinfonia India (G. Schirmer) attach
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams Concerto for Oboe and String Orchestra (Oxford University Press) attach
  • Alberto Ginastera Variaciones concertantes (Boosey & Hawkes) attach
  • Dmitri Shostakovich Kammersinfonie für Streichorchester nach dem Streichquartett Nr. 8 (VAAP) attach
  • György Ligeti Concert Românesc (Schott Music) attach
  • William Walton Concerto for Viola [revised 1962] (Oxford University Press) attach
  • Clara Schumann Klavierkonzert a-moll (Breitkopf & Härtel KG) attach
  • Zequinha de Abreu Tico Tico (Peermusic Classical) attach
  • John Rutter Twelve Days of Christmas CC2 [orch][Index 107] (Oxford University Press) attach
  • Benjamin Britten Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge (Boosey & Hawkes) attach
  • Dmitri Shostakovich Concerto No. 1 for Violoncello and Orchestra – (Dmitri Shostakovich Estate) attach
  • Igor Stravinsky Symphonies of Wind Instruments [Revised 1947] (Boosey & Hawkes) attach
  • Igor Stravinsky Soldier’s Tale (L’Histoire du Soldat), The (Chester Music) attach
  • Duke Ellington The River, The (Tempo Music) attach
  • Leonard Bernstein Chichester Psalms [Full Version] (Boosey & Hawkes) attach

Most Requested Composers in 2022

Ralph Vaughan Williams photo by E. O. Hoppé
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams attach
  • Leonard Bernstein attach
  • Igor Stravinsky attach
  • John Rutter attach
  • Dmitri Shostakovich attach
  • Aaron Copland attach
  • Sergey Prokofiev attach
  • Florence Price attach
  • Benjamin Britten attach
  • George Gershwin attach
  • Mack Wilberg attach
  • Richard Strauss attach
  • Jean Sibelius attach
  • Arturo Márquez attach
  • Gustav Mahler attach
  • Sergey Rachmaninov attach
  • Béla Bartók attach
  • Samuel Barber attach
  • Maurice Ravel attach
  • Francis Poulenc attach

Zinfonia Composers who died in 2022

George Crumb
Harrison Birtwistle photo © Philip Gatward
Toshi Ichiyanagi
Ned Rorem photo © Christian Steiner
  • Stéphane Blet (9.iii.1969 — 7.i.2022) attach
  • Marc Wilkinson (27.vii.1929 — 8.i.2022) attach
  • Herman Rechberger 
    (14.ii.1947 — 11.i.2022) attach
  • Victor Fenigstein (19.xii.1924 — 12.i.2022) attach
  • Paavo Heininen (13.i.1938 — 18.i.2022) attach
  • Patrice Sciortino (26.vii.1922 — 19.i.2022) attach
  • Juro Metšk (1.v.1954 — 20.i.2022) attach
  • Michael White (6.iii.1931 — 24.i.2022) attach
  • Heinz Werner Zimmermann 
    (11.viii.1930 — 25.i.2022) attach
  • Alain Bancquart (20.vi.1934 — 27.i.2022) attach
  • George Crumb (24.x.1929 — 6.ii.2022) attach
  • Joseph Horovitz (26.v.1926 — 9.ii.2022) attach
  • William Kraft (6.ix.1923 — 12.ii.2022) attach
  • Nils Lindberg (11.vi.1933 — 20.ii.2022) attach
  • Vladislav Shoot (3.iii.1941 — 9.iii.2022) attach
  • Siegrid Ernst (3.iii.1929 — 20.iii.2022) attach
  • Karl Korte (25.viii.1928 — 27.iii.2022) attach
  • Philippe Boesmans (17.v.1936 — 10.iv.2022) attach
  • Harrison Birtwistle (15.vii.1934 — 18.iv.2022) attach
  • Boris Porena (27.ix.1927 — 3.v.2022) attach
  • Henry Mollicone (20.iii.1946 — 12.v.2022) attach
  • Simon Preston (4.viii.1938 — 13.v.2022) attach
  • Vangelis (29.iii.1943 — 17.v.2022) attach
  • Paul Vance (4.xi.1929 — 30.v.2022) attach
  • Ingram Marshall (10.v.1942 — 31.v.2022) attach
  • Volker Bräutigam (23.v.1939 — 31.v.2022) attach
  • Alfred Koerppen (16.xii.1926 — 5.vii.2022) attach
  • Monty Norman (4.iv.1928 — 11.vii.2022) attach
  • Bramwell Tovey (11.vii.1953 — 12.vii.2022) attach
  • Reinhard Ohse (22.viii.1930 — 5.viii.2022) attach
  • Jordi Cervelló (18.x.1935 — 2.ix.2022) attach
  • Toshi Ichiyanagi (4.ii.1933 — 7.x.2022) attach
  • Josep Soler i Sardà (25.iii.1935 — 9.x.2022) attach
  • Kari Tikka (13.iv.1946 — 17.x.2022) attach
  • Lucy Simon (5.v.1940 — 20.x.2022) attach
  • Azio Corghi (9.iii.1937 — 17.xi.2022) attach
  • Ned Rorem (23.x.1923 — 18.xi.2022) attach
  • John Beckwith (9.iii.1927 — 5.xii.2022) attach
  • Bayan Northcott (24.iv.1940 — 13.xii.2022) attach
  • Urmas Sisask (9.ix.1960 — 17.xii.2022) attach
  • Wim Henderickx (17.iii.1962 — 18.xii.2022) attach

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UIC on the Move

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.

The UIC can now be accessed from here:


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?

Introducing Connect.inCopyright

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

This new service will be used to control the distribution rules for ALL of our products (Zinfonia, HLMSW, Chordata and in©) with simple one-time setup.

We will be contacting all Zinfonia publishers once the service is running so that you can see this in operation yourself.

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Stripe Choices


An update to both Zinfonia and in© over the weekend gives all our publisher partners that use Stripe to collect fees and charges a huge selection of funds for your payments beyond just the credit card.

In Stripe, if you go to the Payment methods section of the Settings dialog or click here: https://dashboard.stripe.com/settings/payment_methods after first selecting Zinfonia or in© from the Select your platform dropdown, you can turn on and off a myriad of payments types which are popular in various countries around the globe. When selected, the payment types you select will automatically appear as an option in your customer’s checkout based upon their country and currency (Stripe automatically selects what is available and what is not).

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.

Important note: Zinfonia will mark a transaction as PAID as soon as the customer has completed their side of the transaction whatever payment type is selected, but in© will hold a copyright request as pending until the payment is received by Stripe. If you are allowing indirect payment types in Zinfonia such as Direct Debit, we recommend you institute some method of holding a transaction until those funds are received into your bank.

We have not been able to test all of these payment types and so please let is know if you, or your customers have any issues with these new options.

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HLMSW Invoice Due Date

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 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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