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Upgrade to Sibelius | First 8

Sibelius | First makes it easy for anyone to start composing music. And now you can create even better looking and better sounding scores more easily than ever before. Built on the foundation of Sibelius 8, Sibelius | First 8 is packed with tons of timesaving new features and improvements to drive your creativity further.

If you own any previous version of Sibelius | First, Student, Instrumental Teacher Edition, or G7, you can upgrade to Sibelius | First 8 for just $79 (USD). Your upgrade includes: 

  • Sibelius | First 8 perpetual (non-expiring*) license and software
  • 1-year Avid All Access Upgrade plan (provides access to all new Sibelius | First updates and upgrades for one year, renewable for $39/year thereafter)
  • 30 days of installation support by phone or online (upon software activation)

Upgrade now
What’s new in Sibelius | First 8?
  • Get Sibelius | First in more ways—subscribe on a low-cost monthly or annual basis, or purchase and own the software outright
  • Hear your score like never before with Espressivo 2 giving your music a more realistic rhythmic feel
  • Save time with new Magnetic Layout enhancements, which automatically reposition rests optimally in your score
  • Gain faster access to the features you need most with new and improved icons that appear in the ribbon and floating windows
  • Enjoy an even smoother composing experience with over 200 software improvements
  • Play music in real time using the software’s onscreen keyboard and fretboard
  • Slide notes and rests using keyboard shortcuts
  • Color individual notes and/or chords to highlight parts or make them easier to read or learn
  • Add and edit notes quickly and write music with a pen using a Surface Pro 3 tablet
  • Interact with scores using multi-touch gestures on your laptop trackpad or Surface Pro 3
  • See every detail of your score in stunning clarity with new support for high-resolution Windows displays
  • Stay up to date with the new Application Manager
  • Get access to all new Sibelius | First releases with the included All Access plan
Or take your compositions further with Sibelius 8

Want to create bigger, more complex scores, or need full arranging, engraving, and customization capabilities? Move up to Sibelius 8 instead. Upgrade from any previous version of Sibelius | First, Student, Instrumental Teacher Edition, or G7 to Sibelius 8 for $399.95—or if you’re a qualifying student or teacher, upgrade from any version of Sibelius | First to Sibelius 8 for Education for just $179—and get:

  • Sibelius 8 perpetual (non-expiring) license and software
  • 1-year Avid All Access Upgrade and Support plan (provides access to all new Sibelius updates, upgrades, and support for one year, renewable for $89/year thereafter)



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* A perpetual license never expires, so you’ll always be able to use your Sibelius | First software at the last version you’ve downloaded—even if you allow your upgrade plan to lapse in the future.