"We make software for musicians."

HDYD Session

"We make software for musicians." Thomas Bonte is a pianoplayer, he needs the sheetmusic but he couldn't find the sheetmusic that he wanted to play so around 2005 he looked for a way to get sheetmusic coming to him. Since 2008 the software has been downloaded 4 million times.

"It is free, open source, for every platform. It is a global project. Three people lead MuseScore, and a lot of others help them with translating, manuals etc. it is a real open source project."

"Japan is a big market. We did not have many Japanese to help us but we found a volunteer who helped us to get more Japanese involved."


Thomas Bonte is currently building online services in the music industry for musicians. Main focus goes to the daily tasks of setting up a business while heading a team of software developers.His main interests are going to technology in general, music, photography and sports. His specialties are software engineering, music industry, web architect and social networking.

Thomas is co-founder and CEO of MuseScore. MuseScore is a software to create, play and print sheet music. It is free and open source music notation software that runs on Windows, Mac and Linux. MuseScore is easy to use and it provides a way of sharing scores online via

Thomas will be talking about how a small open source consumer project can become leading in his branche in only four years. Also he will talk about making money with an open source project and how to collaborate with international partners.


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