When registering a track with a PRO, how important is the ISRC code for tracking royalties? If you are using them, did you register to create your own codes directly (registrant code) or do you just use a management site and pay per track?
I know places like Distrokid and CD baby give you codes, but since I do not plan on distributing my music I won’t be using them. TIA
Well if you think about it like this: let’s say you have a track called “Inspirational Motivational Piano”. There are dozens if not hundreds of other tracks with the same name.
Having a unique code attached to the registration of your track in all the different copyright systems can help streamline your royalties between them.
For example: Soundmouse, ASCAP, Identifyy all allow you to put in an ISRC code.
So besides your IPI number, the ISRC code is one extra number that ties a registered track to you as an author.
I don’t have actual proof that it helps but I can’t imagine it doesn’t. It unambiguously helps systems to “know” which track is at hand.
I have a little problem with assigning ISRC codes…
At my local organization that is in charge of assigning codes, they ask me for some kind of proof of ownership of the tracks, some kind of contract and the similar…
Has anyone had a similar situation?
And what could serve as adequate evidence for them?