The brilliant Finn twins who founded Sibelius software have broken silence on Avid’s decision to shut its UK base.
In a post on the Sibelius users site, they revealed that they had made Avid an offer to buy back the company in order to keep it alive. Avid declined.
Here’s what they wrote:
“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