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    What are 'ISWC' and 'ISRC Codes' and How Do I Enter Them?

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    What are ISWC and ISRC codes?

    • Two of the most important puzzle pieces for cataloging business transactions and for ensuring everyone gets paid for those transactions.

    What is an ISRC?

    International Standard Recording Code

    • Internationally recognized ID system used to catalog all sound recordings and music video recordings.
    • Unique and fixed identifier assigned by an indie artist, record label, or music distributor to a specific recording (CD, audio file, video, etc) performed by an artist or band.
    • Only one ISRC should be assigned to a recording and should never be reused to represent another recording.
    • Basically, an ISRC is a music tracking code that verifies associated recording information including:
      • Artist name
      • Track title
      • Album title
      • Label name
      • UPC

    Who needs an ISRC?

    • Anyone who intends to sell their music.
    • Alpha-numeric code assigned to each unique recording released physically or digitally by retail or digital music stores. 
    • Used by digital music services like iTunes, Spotify or Pandora and by collecting societies like SoundExchange.
    • Can be permanently encoded as a ‘digital fingerprint’ which allows music services to distribute sales and royalty payments to artists, record labels, and music distributors.

    WHERE AND HOW CAN AN ISRC BE OBTAINED?

    • Visit USISRC.org for a US code.
    • Accessible to any independent artist or band, record label, or music distributor.
    • Fill out the online web form, pay a $80 one-time fee, and receive an online account with a “Registrant Code” and “Country Code”.
    • For independent artists and labels that release their music through indie distributors, the distributor often takes care of getting ISRCs on behalf of the artist/label.

    WHAT IS AN ISWC?

    International Standard Work Code

    • Internationally recognized identification system used to catalog and track all musical compositions.
    • Unique and fixed alpha-numeric identifier typically assigned by a music publisher or a performing rights society (ie. ASCAP, BMI) to a specific musical composition.
    • Only one ISWC should be assigned to a musical composition and should never be reused to represent another musical work.
    • In essence, an ISWC is a music tracking code that verifies associated musical work information including:
      • Song title
      • Songwriter(s)
      • Music publisher(s)
      • Music publisher(s) ownership share(s)

    WHO NEEDS AN ISWC, AND HOW DO ISWCs RELATE TO ISRCs?

    • Assigned to each unique musical composition.
    • Used by download services like iTunes, and by performance rights societies like ASCAP, BMI, SESAC.
    • Can be permanently encoded as a 'digital fingerprint', allowing music services to identify recordings embodying musical works to distribute royalty payments to music publishers and songwriters.
    • ISWC can be linked to an infinite number of ISRCs
      • There can be several recorded versions of a song. Each recording has its own unique ISRC, but they are all linked to the same ISWC.

    WHERE AND HOW CAN AN ISWC BE OBTAINED?

    • Visit ISWC International Agency
    • The following minimal information must be supplied:
      • Title of the work
      • Names of all composers, authors, and arrangers with their role and their CAE/IPI number (assigned by ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC to affiliated songwriters and music publishers in the U.S.)
      • Work classification code (from the CIS standards list)

     

    Entering your ISRC and ISWC Codes

    • Login to your account
    • Click My Songs on your Dashboard or on the drop-down menu on your profile icon

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    • Click anywhere in the white space around the waveform to enter Song Edit mode

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    • Click Song Information on the left toolbar
    • Enter your ISRC and ISWC codes in the text boxes
    • Click Save Song Information when you are done

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