Industry media have backed up and followed our breaking story of the past three days that the home base of Sibelius music software has been shut down by US owners, Avid.
ProSoundNews, the audio profession’s journal, reports that the decision was slipped under the wire in a flurry of global cuts. A spokesman told PSN: ”Avid is closing its Finsbury Park site. However, we’d like to stress that this should not in anyway be confused with a diminishment in our commitment to Sibelius.” PSN adds a helpful detail: Avid CEO Gary Greenfield has raised his pay from $1.2m in 2009 to $4.8m in 2011.
Classical Music magazine, which is read by most UK music professionals, calls Sibelius ‘the software of choice for composers of all types of notated music’ and gives the background to its rise and sudden fall.
The timing and manner of the heavy job cuts was significant. The information was pushed out late Monday, just as US media were shutting down for the July 4 holiday, ensuring minimum public attention. Nice work, Mr Greenfield.
I wonder what the Finn twins, who invented Sibelius when they were about 20 years old, are thinking today.