MakeMusic Announces The “Take Your Music Further With Garritan” Composition Contest

MakeMusic, Inc. (NASDAQ: MMUS) today announced the launch of the “Take Your Music Further with Garritan” composition contest.

Celebrating MakeMusic’s December 30, 2011 acquisition of Garritan Corporation, this contest invites composers to develop a musical theme to create a piece of music – using Garritan sounds – that evokes their dream travel destination.

To illustrate the ability of superior sounds to transport the creative process, the contest awards are travel-related. The grand prize is a $2,000 United Airlines gift card and $500 in spending money. Two runner-up prizes of $700 United Airlines gift cards will also be awarded.

“The astonishing quality of Garritan instruments inspires musicians,” said Karen van Lith, MakeMusic CEO. “These sound libraries enable composers and arrangers to hear their music with greater realism and detail.”

While contest entries can be created with Finale or any other music software program, they must use only Garritan sounds. All entries will be posted as audio files on a Finale Facebook page, and public voting on Facebook will determine ten finalists. A panel of MakeMusic judges will select the grand prize winner and runners up.

Contest details, and complete rules, appear at

More information about Garritan and other MakeMusic brands can be found at

About MakeMusic, Inc.MakeMusic ®, Inc. is a world leader in music technology whose mission is to develop and market solutions that transform how music is composed, taught, learned and performed. For more than 20 years, Finale ® has been the industry standard in music notation software, enabling composers, arrangers, musicians, teachers, students and publishers to create, edit, audition, print and publish musical scores. MakeMusic is also the creator of SmartMusic ® education software that is transforming the way students practice. With SmartMusic, students and teachers have access to thousands of band, orchestra and vocal pieces allowing students to practice with background accompaniment and get immediate feedback on their performance. SmartMusic allows teachers to individualize instruction and document the progress of every student. The SmartMusic® Inbox™, an Android™ and Apple ® mobile application, provides additional access for teachers to review, grade, and comment on student assignments. MusicXML™ is an Internet-friendly way to publish musical scores, enabling musicians to distribute interactive sheet music online and to use sheet music files with a wide variety of musical applications. Garritan sound libraries provide musicians with state-of-the-art virtual instruments with the playback quality of a live performance. Additional information about this Minnesota company can be found at

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