Open access has extended to music and that makes many people happy, especially during this time of isolation in the COVID-19 pandemic. This news came to us from UCLA Newsroom in their article, “UCLA Library’s online publishing of music scores makes history.”

Composers from 86 countries have submitted more than 7,800 musical compositions as part of a collaborative project by the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Music Library and the Los Angeles–based Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra to highlight the work of living composers and bring it to a wider audience by making it available online.

This exciting project is the largest call for scores in the world and represents the largest open access publishing effort for contemporary music compositions.

Open access refers to free, unrestricted online access to research output, and normally refers to journal articles and books.

In past years composers paid a $30 application fee to submit scores. This year, the UCLA Music Library received one-time funds from the library’s Scholarly Communication Services to eliminate the fee.

Melody K. Smith

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