ISRC Codes

 

What is an ISRC Code?

ISRC stands for International Standard Recording Code. It was developed by the international recording industry through the ISO (International Organization for Standardization). The purpose of the ISRC code is to uniquely identify sound and music video recordings. ISRC Codes allow you track sales and radio play both online and for broadcast radio.

The ISRC code is a unique 12 character alphanumeric code that is assigned to a specific recording or mix. The code can be burned into the recording during the mastering process for a CD or by the internet distribution company you use to sell your music. Burning in the code will allow for tracking of sales and usage both in CD format as well as on the internet.

Do I need ISRC Codes?

If you plan to distribute, sell, or use your recordings for radio play and promotional purposes, then the ISRC system will help you to track the sales and radio play of your recordings. The codes are only necessary for the final release version of your song. If the recording is primarily for personal use like a demo, rehearsal recording or a rough mix then getting a code will not be necessary. ISRCs are designed for tracking publicly released recordings.

How do I get ISRC Codes?

The code must be assigned by qualified ISRC Manager, music service provider or by applying directly to the RIAA. If you are producing and releasing a large number of songs annually, it may be beneficial to apply directly to the RIAA for the right to create ISRC codes. Note, you will be responsible for the record keeping and reporting of the assigned codes in addition to annual fees.

As of September 1st 2015 it is no longer possible to purchase ISRC codes from an ISRC manager unless it is part of a “value added” service such as mastering or having the codes embedded into your audio files.

ISRC Management Services:

I am a designated ISRC manager recognized by the RIAA and IFPI under the business name of Michael White Productions Inc. I can only provide ISRC codes along with the mastering or MP3 encoding services I provide.

MP3 Encoding Services

MP3 Encoding Services include the creation of MP3 files with embedded artwork and metadata including ISRC Codes that are included with the purchase. To purchase MP3 embedding services, please select the number of songs and make the payment below. Upon completion of the payment process you will be sent a link to the Mastering and ISRC Agreement Form where you will submit your song titles. Fill in the necessary information and the ISRC Codes will be Emailed to you within 24 hours. Once the agreement form is completed you will receive instructions for uploading your mastered mix files and artwork for encoding. Most encoding jobs are completed within one business day after all the necessary files are received.

 

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