Score Follower (SF) is a public archive of videos of contemporary music scores that turn pages along with the accompanying recordings. Score Follower videos can be found on the YouTube channels: SCORE FOLLOWER and INCIPITSIFY. We curate, license, and produce all of our videos in house and receive permission from all involved parties.
The Score Follower Library (SFL) is a paid, faceted search tool that allows users to filter through Score Follower’s public archive of works by instrumentation, work duration, composer nationality, and other useful tags. Check out our demo here.
Our project curates some of the most exciting contemporary notated music written today. The composers and artists that we feature are among the very top in the music field boasting prizes and accomplishments such as the Grawemeyer Award, Siemens Music Prize, BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge, and Pulitzer Prize, among many others. We also curate 20th Century works that are considered essential repertoire in the history of western music (think Arnold Schoenberg’s “Pierrot Lunaire”). Through the Score Follower Library, any user can conduct a granular search of our catalogue of more than a 1000 works. Professors will be able to narrow their searches instantly as results populate in real time in order to locate a desired video to embed in their presentations. Music ensembles with fluid instrumentations will be able to search repertoire that fit their specific program requirements. Students will be exposed to new repertoire and new ways of notating their ideas. The Score Follower Library represents a meaningful way to keep one’s finger on the pulse of contemporary music making.
While there are many databases that host scores or recordings, our project is unique in offering both in a synchronized video format. This dramatically reduces the time and energy required to study a work in detail. Score Follower specializes in sourcing recent premieres from major and emerging composers to give the best overview of the field of contemporary and experimental music.
We upload 150-200+ new videos every year, the majority of which are from recent premieres! We are always seeking new resources to be able to increase the frequency of our uploads, and as our project grows, so will the size of our collection.
As a non-profit organization, we are dedicated to the free dissemination of educational resources for contemporary and experimental music. We know that students and educators of this generation need to be able to access resources from a variety of devices and locations, and we want the user experience to be as frictionless as possible for all. Many users now expect resources with zero borders to access, rapid results, and weekly update schedules. This is why we choose to host all of our content on YouTube to the public. While YouTube is incredibly popular among millennials and Gen Z, YouTube’s built in search is not optimized for music discovery. Because of this, our library search is instrumental in being able to effectively navigate our large catalogue in addition to sorting out the vast number of subpar resources hosted on YouTube.
Because all of our work is publicly available on YouTube, you can watch our videos on any device or platform that supports YouTube! This includes any PC, tablet, or mobile device, many smart TVs, smart speakers, and game systems. Our website search tool works on all modern web browsers on both desktop and mobile.
The Library is for anyone with an interest or curiosity for contemporary music. We believe it will be most useful for composers, educators, performers, and musicologists seeking out exciting new works by a broad range of composers. The library may also be useful for those interested in digital or experimental art, as we have a large number of multimedia works as part of our Mediated Scores series.
Score Follower is mostly funded by small donations from individuals. We also work hard to secure grants to subsidize the cost of the Library so it remains as affordable as possible to the largest variety of subscribers. We receive almost no money from YouTube, as the majority of that revenue goes to the rights holders.
Score Follower has several major projects that serve the collection, including our FollowMyScore Call for Works, Mediated Scores, Featured Composer Series, and the Classics Series. Additionally, we have a team of expert curators that source works by reaching out to composers, ensembles, record labels, and publishers. We find this model supports a wide variety of works that includes the latest premieres by both established and early-career composers in addition to canonic pieces critical to the history of contemporary music. Score Follower prioritizes composers from diverse backgrounds and seeks to champion their work.
We can provide access to the library either through domain whitelisting or IP range access—VPNs, EZproxy, OpenAthens etc. We are happy to work with institutions to customize solutions to their needs. Fill out this form to inquire about gaining access for your institution.