In their third guest blog post, Music Biz explain the importance of the International Standard Recording Code (ISRC) with their “Proper Care and Feeding of the ISRC” infographic.
Does your music have an ISRC? Do you even know what an ISRC is? (It stands for International Standard Recording Code, by the way.) If you said no to either of those questions, you’re not alone. The ISRC is another one of the most overlooked aspects of digital music, but (and you’re probably noticing a trend here) it’s also one of the most important.
Without this unique identifier, it is impossible for labels, digital services, publishers, independent artists, and more to easily collect royalties and attach important metadata to music tracks, spoken word recordings, music videos, and more. In short, without ISRCs, fans won’t be able to find your music and, in the event they somehow stumble upon it, you’ll be hard-pressed to get paid.
Fear not, though, for the Music Business Association (Music Biz) has once again come to the rescue with their “Proper Care and Feeding of the ISRC” infographic, which you can view and download for FREE. The document lays out all the basic info you’ll need about the ISRC, from what it is to why it’s important to how to get one. There are also a few situations where you won’t need one, and the infographic points these out and provides tips for evaluating its necessity to your project. So give it a look, print it out, tape it to your wall, and ensure sure your music is getting the ISRC love it deserves.