The Music Encoding Initiative Council announces the release of MEI 2010-05, a groundbreaking digital musical notation model The MEI Council is pleased to announce the first collaboratively-designed method for encoding the intellectual and physical characteristics of music notation documents and their scholarly editorial apparatus. MEI has the ability to manage complex source situations and will dramatically improve the search, retrieval and display of notated music online, benefiting music scholars and performers. Because of MEI's software independence, the data format defined by the schema also serves an archival function. The MEI model is free and available for download at http://music-encoding.org. The site also offers tutorials, examples, and experimental software for MEI conversion--more will be available in the near future. Information about the future of the project and how to get involved are also on the site. The MEI Council is an international group of scholars, technologists, and educators representing a broad range of musicological, theoretical, and pedagogical interests. The Council was created through funding to the University of Virginia Library and the University of Paderborn from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation) and the National Endowment for the Humanities.