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ISRC CODES

 
International Standard Recording Codes (ISRCs) are an internationally recognized system to identify recorded music tracks and music videos.
By adding an ISRC to each recorded music track or music video, you are ensuring that you will receive more accurate payments.

An ISRC is made up of 12 characters and split into four sections:

  • The first two characters identify the country where the member is based.

 

  • The next three characters identify the recording rights holder. We allocate these three letters and numbers – they are specific to you as the rights holder. (Please note that this code does not imply permanent ownership of the recording or video. The code will not change if the recording is later licensed to a different owner.)

 

  • The next two characters identify the year in which the specific recording was given an ISRC.

 

  • The last five characters are the choice of the rights holder when allocating recordings with an ISRC. These characters are always numbers. The easiest way to organize this section of the code is to give the first recording ‘00001’, the second ‘00002’, etc. The sequence can be reset to ‘00001’ when a new year of reference (section three, detailed above) is applicable.
 

If you use a digital distribution company such as Tunecore, Songcast, or Distrokid 
will give you ISRC codes per track. You can use that same ISRC, which is basically the social security number for the track.

 

 

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