Sell Sibelius!
  • Petitioned Chris Gahagan (Senior Vice President of Products)

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Avid Technology
Chris Gahagan (Senior Vice President of Products)
Avid Technology
Gary Greenfield (Avid CEO)
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Martin Kloiber (VP Live Systems and Consoles)
Avid Technology
Dana Ruzicka (VP Strategic Alliances at Avid Technology)
Avid Technology
Ian Bruce (Worldwide Director of Corporate Communications)
Avid Technology
Bill Brown (Vice President and Chief Information Officer)
Avid Technology
Jason Burke (Vice President of Finance)
Avid Technology
Jason Duva (Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary)
Avid Technology
Glover Lawrence (Vice President of Corporate Development)
Avid Technology
Ed Raine (Vice President of Human Resources)
Avid Technology
Ken Sexton (Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer)
Avid Technology
Jodi Sweeney (Vice President of Customer Success)
Avid Technology
im Vedda (Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales)
Avid Technology
Bruce Yaung (Vice President of Supply and Technology)
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Sell Sibelius!

    1. Derek Williams
    2. Petition by

      Derek Williams

      Edinburgh, United Kingdom

For a full explanation of the issues, please visit our website http://www.sibeliususers.org and our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SaveSibelius

In July 2012, Avid Technology announced the closure of Sibelius UK, home of the Sibelius development and support team. Avid claims this will make no difference to Sibelius.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

At this very moment, a massive revolt is going on amongst Sibelius users against this ridiculous decision. Within 3 days of launching our Save Sibelius campaign, over 5,000 users 'Liked' the page, which has been seen by over 485,000 Facebook clients.

Sibelius is a music composing/arranging application designed, maintained and supported by the Sibelius Team in the UK Office. The UK Office is closing, and the programmers and designers who have made Sibelius a major success will not be able to further develop the best computer based composing/arranging application in existence today.

With the release of Version 7, Avid can reap profits to ameliorate its Wall St losses for many years from product sales without any ongoing development or technical support. However, Sibelius is far more than just code, it lives and breathes in the hearts and minds of its inventors and developers. Remove them, and Sibelius eventually becomes roadkill. While Avid are claiming ongoing support for Sibelius, this claim would be substantiatable only by leaving it in the hands of its present development team, who have been responsible for crafting Sibelius into the world's best selling and most successful music score writing application.

Avid are only trying to say what they think we want to hear.

It is imperative that Avid reverse this decision and divest its holding of Sibelius to a viable new owner immediately so as to avoid a diaspora of its development team to other jobs.

We implore those of you who use this marvelous composing application to sign this petition, spread the petition far and wide, and moreover to go further if you can, by visiting our website and Facebook page. If enough people get behind this campaign, we can force Avid to listen to its customers and back away from this reckless decision.

The inventors of Sibelius, the Finn brothers, recently wrote the following message on the Sibelisu forum at http://www.sibelius.com/cgi-bin/helpcenter/chat/chat.pl?com=thread&start=602525&groupid=3&.

Please persuade Avid to sell Sibelius back to them by signing this petition, and clicking in the Email The Board on our website.

MESSAGE TO SIBELIUS USERS

"We were very concerned to hear earlier this month that Avid is terminating the jobs of the Sibelius development team in London and handing the software over to other programmers, apparently to cut costs. As far as we know, Sibelius continues to be extremely successful, so this cost-cutting is a response to financial problems elsewhere in Avid, not with Sibelius itself.

Ever since then we have been quietly trying to do everything we can to change this situation, including twice offering to buy Sibelius back from Avid. However, Avid has declined. While they haven't given a reason, we assume that Sibelius is a substantial source of profits to them, so they don't want to sell it to anyone.

We naturally feel very sad about this treatment of our friends and colleagues who have been key to making Sibelius a success, and who have become the world experts in this specialized field. We are also very grateful to the many Sibelius users who have expressed their concern and support; though at this point, it seems unlikely that any protests will change Avid's mind.

We hope Sibelius nonetheless continues to be the world's most successful music notation software.

Ben & Jonathan Finn
Sibelius founders"

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Petition formally presented to Avid

      Derek Williams
      Petition organiser

      INTERIM REPORT

      BASCA meeting with Avid Technology re closure of Sibelius UK, held at MPA headquarters in London, 3rd October. Full details will be given after the Save Sibelius team have reached consensus on what future action is appropriate, including the Avid Boycott planned to commence 8th October.

      Derek Williams briefed a representative from the Musicians Union for an hour before the BASCA event, which was well attended by representatives from several other organisations in addition to BASCA members. A further meeting took place the following morning between Avid and the Musicians Union regarding the same issues and a further combined meeting incorporating other concerned bodies is envisaged for December.

      Full details and photographs are available at https://www.facebook.com/SaveSibelius/posts/540549009295561?notif_t=share_comment

      In the meantime, please keep sharing this petition.

      Derek Williams
      www.sibeliususers.org
      www.savesibelius.com

    2. Worldwide Avid Boycott announced

      Derek Williams
      Petition organiser

      Dear Sibelians

      Avid have been given every opportunity to listen to our 11,300 strong change.org petition and growing membership, tens of thousands of emails, faxes and phone calls yet they have steadfastly ignored us. Therefore, with only one month left of the Old Sibelius team, we are now calling for a worldwide boycott of all Avid Technology's products, suppliers and retailers starting 9am Monday 8th October.

      ▪ New bulk emails have been set up telling Avid we're boycotting them. To re-email the entire Avid board and Shareholders in one go, simply visit http://www.sibeliususers.org/?page_id=4&title=take-action. There are also links to Avid's Facebook pages for Avid Technology and Sibelius. Please post liberally and often there, even though we have evidence that Avid keep pulling them down.
      ▪ Let everyone know by email, fax, letter, phone call and Facebook about the Avid boycott, and delay, or cancel purchases of Avid products. Tell them why you are boycotting them.

      Derek Williams

    3. Reached 10,000 signatures
    4. We need 10,000 to get a Question into the House of Commons - please Share!

      Derek Williams
      Petition organiser

      The present UK Coalition government upholds job creation and retention together with technological invention as priorities in its Manifesto. Avid's shutting down Sibelius and sacking its staff achieves short term cost savings only for Avid who are in financial trouble. We want the Government to intervene to reverse this absurd decision and protect Sibelius. On its own, Sibelius is highly profitable and must not be allowed to be killed off for short term fiscal expediency, merely to minimise Avid's Wall Street losses.

    5. Reached 50 signatures

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    • Paul Moessl MITCHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 1 year ago

      LET.IT.GO AVID.... with the greatest of respect.... you are harming your client base by not releasing this platform... I am in the market for a full blown protools rig... but I may be disuaded by your current stance.... please take a broader view - Paul Moessl

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    • Joseph Bartolozzi ASTORIA, NY
      • over 1 year ago

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    • Matthew Browne WOODSIDE, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      Sibelius is arguably the best music notation software out there...support its continued development!

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    • David Ouzts MEMPHIS, TN
      • over 1 year ago

      I recently upgraded to Sibelius 7, and the new parent company Avid did not even send me the correct codes with which to upgrade my present software. It is clear to me that Slbelius is not an Avid priority, and the software and user community worldwide deserves better support and management.

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    • I W GOLDEN VALLEY, MN
      • over 1 year ago

      As a long time sibelius user I am concerned that the quality of the product will be comprimised.

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