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Wikifonia was an on-line publisher of sheet music, combining a MusicXML-based technology in a wiki system, with copyright clearance. Its score database was accessible from 2006 to 2013.


The Wikifonia system was developed in a collaboration between several institutes of higher education in Ghent, Belgium. In March 2005 the researchers of the project received the Creativity to Business Award from the Ghent University Association.[a][1] The system went live on 6 November 2006.[2]


The Wikifonia system aimed at the creation of music, the publication of public domain traditionals, and the publication of previously copyrighted music.

Music published on the Wikifonia website was licensed by Musi©opy, a music copyright clearance organisation based in the Netherlands.[2][3] The actual rights were paid for by the Wikifonia foundation, a non-profit organisation founded in July 2006.[4]


The Wikifonia website could be browsed and the sheet music downloaded in PDF or MusicXML format, without login or subscription.

Uploading music, in MusicXML format, and commenting on published music required login or registration.


The Wikifonia website was discontinued on 25 December 2013 due to Wikifonia Foundation's inability to continue to obtain copyright licenses. After this date, the website encouraged visitors to use MuseScore.[5][6][7][8]

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  1. ^ For information on the Ghent University Association, see their archived about page.


  1. ^ (in Dutch:) Prijsuitreiking Creativity to Business Award Archived 2007-06-28 at the Wayback Machine ("Prize distribution of the Creativity to Business Award") 22 March 2005
  2. ^ a b (in Dutch:) De Standaard, 6 November 2006:
  3. ^ (In Dutch:) Telenet, 6 November 2006: Wikifonia biedt muziekpartituren aan ("Wikifonia offers sheet music")
  4. ^ (In Dutch:) Belgisch Staatsblad, 31 July 2006: Foundation charter of VZW Wikifonia
  5. ^ Wikifonia (30 December 2013). "Dear Wikifonia fans, the Wikifonia site is not available anymore". Retrieved 1 December 2020.
  6. ^ Lukasiwicz (25 December 2013). "What happened to Wikifonia?". Retrieved 1 December 2020.
  7. ^ Wikifonia (30 December 2013). "Dear visitor,The Wikifonia site is not available anymore". Retrieved 31 December 2013.
  8. ^ photoman (30 December 2013). "Wikifonia - is down; but is it "out"?". Retrieved 2 December 2020.

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