SoundExchange and IFPI launch searchable sound recordings database

The international trade body for the recording industry, IFPI, has partnered with the world’s biggest digital Collective Management Organisation, SoundExchange, to create a new website designed to make it easier  to identify sound recordings.

The ISRC Search Site will provide access to information about nearly 20 million unique recordings, enabling recording artists, rights owners and music services to quickly identify data associated with sound recordings.

The initiative aims to increase transparency and efficiency in the handling of data about recordings.

ISRC (International Standard Recording Code) is the standardised identifier for recorded music and is a unique code assigned to every single music recording or music video to ensure their usage can be tracked and accounted for.

IFPI manages the ISRC system globally under an appointment from the International Organisation for Standardisation.

For the first time, ISRC codes – supplied directly from record companies across the globe – will be publicly accessible and searchable.

Commenting on the launch of the new platform, IFPI’s Chief Executive, Frances Moore (pictured), said, 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.

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.”

SoundExchange President and CEO, Michael Huppe added: 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 data. 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.”

The free search tool, which is an extension to the ISRC website managed by IFPI, will allow anyone to search either by artist/track or by ISRC code to find various products that a given recording appears on.

Selected data of interest can then be transferred to a “cart” where it can be downloaded as a CSV file.

IFPI calls the launch ‘an important first step in boosting accuracy, automation and efficiency within the data-processing that underpins the use of digital music by broadcasters, digital music services and any company that uses music online’.

The ISRC Search Site can be accessed at or via the IFPI site Business Worldwide

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