As industry giant Avid reorganizes, user fears about the future of popular notation tool Sibelius continue to mount. The chief rival to MakeMusic’s Finale, Sibelius is widely used among composers, musicians, arrangers, engravers, and educators. Those users now fear not a dead Sibelius, sold off to some other party, but an undead tool. In this scenario, they contemplate the loss of the core development team that would provide essential ongoing updates.
Despite the staying power of tools like Venue, Pro Tools, and its flagship video software, Avid has been on a steady skid in profits and share value. Consecutive quarters have seen losses and the company has seen major recent executive team changes, overseeing a company that sits stop a dwindling cash supply. In an attempt to return to profitability, Avid divested key brands earlier this summer – most notably M-Audio – but retained notation software Sibelius and the accompanying iOS apps. In statements about its financial situation, Avid numbers Sibelius among the assets the company says can return it to more ample black ink. [read]