Music treasures

The project Digitising Sheet Music of the Netherlands Broadcasting Foundation started in mid-2017. The aim of the project is to catalogue, digitise and make available online a significant part of the extensive collection from the former Broadcasting Music Library for the widest possible audience. The project is made possible thanks to subsidies from the Ministry of OCW, the municipality of Hilversum and an own investment by the Stichting Omroep Muziek. On 1 March 2018, the first results were presented on the Muziekschatten site.
With this, step by step, a nationally and internationally recognised musical treasure trove - hidden in the cellars of the Broadcasting Music Centre - is made digitally accessible to amateur musicians, professionals and researchers. Because the collection also contains music that was composed for radio and television programmes, it has great broadcasting historical value.

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From catalogue card to Linked Open Data:

  • December 2016 - New future for one of Europe's largest music libraries
  • July 2017 - Official launch
  • August 2017 - First steps
  • September 2017 - First milestone and a special discovery
  • December 2017 - The project is clearly taking shape
  • March 2018 - From catalogue card to Linked Open Data
  • March 2018 - Website online!
  • September 2018 - 26,000 titles available digitally
  • September 2018 - Finalist Digital Preservation Awards 2018
  • October 2018 - Final round of Digital Preservation Awards 2018
  • November 2018 - Out of prizes, but still a profit
  • February 2019 - Unknown De Leeuw found again
  • March 2019 - Music Web and Music Treasures Connected
  • May 2019 - 'There's music in the crowd' project launched


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