January 5, 2023—Louisville, CO

MakeMusic, makers of MakeMusic Cloud, formerly SmartMusic, announce that they have acquired Fons, the award-winning, streamlined and automated scheduling and payment platform for appointment-based business.

MakeMusic is thrilled to partner with the Fons family, a community of music teachers, academic tutors, coaches, personal trainers, and wellness pros, all supporting each other to share ideas and encouragement, whose goal is to elevate, simplify, and improve the business landscape for those that make their living through sharing their knowledge, skills, and time.

Fons helps customers to: 

  • Automate scheduling and payments
  • Eliminate invoicing and get paid on time
  • Enforce cancellation policies
  • Enhance client communications
  • Attract and retain new customers and clients

Eric Branner, Fons Founder and VP of Business Development says, “Our team is delighted to introduce Fons into the MakeMusic family. I chose brands like Alfred Music and Finale as a full-time music teacher before founding Fons, it’s an honor to be included among them. We look forward to working together to create a meaningful impact on our community.”

“The Fons team has built a wonderful product and community and we are honored to bring them within our family of brands. We’ll now work together to offer the Fons platform to thousands of private music educators,” says Greg Dell’Era, President of MakeMusic and Alfred Music. “We’re building the MakeMusic ecosystem to allow more people to experience the joy of making music. MakeMusic Cloud is already the reference music practice platform for academic teachers and students. With the Fons platform being the best tool for private teachers, we’re now ready to welcome private teachers and students, with exclusive content like Suzuki, Alfred Basic Piano Library, Edition Peters, and many others.”

For the time being, Fons will remain an independent and stand-alone product outside of the MakeMusic Cloud platform. However, Fons, MakeMusic Cloud, and Alfred Music customers can expect exciting and exclusive advantages and perks as part of our overall ecosystem in the future.

For general inquiries, please contact the Fons Team at hello@fons.com or visit fons.com for more information.


Fons, whose beliefs are that teaching music is great, impactful, and important work, was created out of necessity for a better solution for music teachers. Fons facilitates business acumen, encourages best practices, and automates operations while focusing on simplicity, professionalism, and maximizing student retention and teacher revenue. Learn more at fons.com.


MakeMusic®, Inc. is a world leader in music technology whose mission is to develop and market solutions that transform how music is composed, taught, learned, and performed. MakeMusic Cloud, formerly SmartMusic®, is the interactive music learning software that transforms the way students practice. With an online library of thousands of band, orchestra, and vocal pieces, students practice with background accompaniment and receive immediate feedback on their performance. Teachers leverage MakeMusic Cloud to individualize instruction and document the progress of every student. For more than 25 years, Finale® has been the industry standard in music notation software, enabling musicians worldwide to create, edit, audition, print, and publish musical scores. MakeMusic is also the creator of Garritan® sound libraries, providing state-of-the-art virtual instruments with the playback quality of a live performance, and MusicXML™, the internet-friendly way to publish musical scores, distribute interactive sheet music, and share music notation with a wide variety of software programs. Additional information can be found at makemusic.com.