IFPI Selects SoundExchange To Power ISRC Search Site


SoundExchange has announced its new ISRC Search Site, designed to benefit the music industry by providing instant access to SoundExchange’s database of sound recording information. SoundExchange’s ISRC Search Site improves efficiency and transparency and demonstrates SoundExchange’s commitment to the music industry.

A free service that provides 24/7 access to data, SoundExchange’s ISRC Search Site will help all parties through improved tracking and reporting of sound recording usage. The database includes nearly 20 million ISRCs reported to SoundExchange.

“SoundExchange is at the center of digital music, with unparalleled expertise in royalty administration and music metadata. We created this critical resource to improve our own efficient royalty processing, and we are delighted now to give the music community access to this much-needed data,” SoundExchange President and CEO Michael Huppe said. “This is part of our ongoing commitment to develop products and services that help the music industry move forward. We eliminate friction through better and more efficient technology solutions, so creators in the music community can focus on the music.”

International Standard Recording Codes (ISRCs), the standard for identifying sound recordings, aid in pinpointing the tens of millions of unique sound recordings in commercial releases worldwide, and SoundExchange’s ISRC Search Site makes visible its sound recording metadata linked to the ISRC identifier. While the database does not contain a listing of every ISRC ever issued, it contains the vast majority of commercially active recordings sourced by thousands of rights owners, with more listings added every day.

While ISRC data is available elsewhere, the site aims to provide the information in a comprehensive manner.

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), which manages the ISRC system globally under an appointment from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), selected the SoundExchange repertoire database to power the ISRC lookup capability on its own IFPI.org website.

“The ISRC Search Site will give a new level of accessibility to help musicians, performers, managers, music publishers, and many others understand where their music has been used whilst also facilitating more accurate reporting by users of digital music. With the quantity of data expected to grow as we move deeper into the digital age, this tool will be vital to ensuring better communication throughout the music ecosystem,” IFPI Chief Executive Frances Moore said. “We’re delighted that SoundExchange has developed this much-needed tool to help our record company members. As the world’s biggest CMO, they have an unparalleled platform to deliver the underlying technology and data this industry needs.”


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