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3rd Parties & Managers

FAQs for 3rd Parties & Managers

What is an ISRC Manager?
Why do we need to distinguish between an ISRC Manager (e.g. mastering engineer or digital distribution company) and a Recording Rights Owner (e.g. record label or independent artist)?
How do I become an ISRC Manager?
Do I have to enter into an agreement with a recording rights owner prior to assigning ISRCs on their behalf?
Do I have to inform the Small Producer after I've assigned their ISRCs?
Who keeps records of ISRCs I assign?
What happens if a recording owner that has previously used my services as an ISRC Manager establishes a relationship with a new ISRC Manager?

FAQs for 3rd Parties & Managers

Q. What is an ISRC Manager?

An ISRC Manager is an organization or studio that has an agreement with us which allows them to assign ISRCs to recordings that they do not own on behalf their clients.

Q. Why do we need to distinguish between an ISRC Manager (e.g. mastering engineer or digital distribution company) and a Recording Rights Owner (e.g. record label or independent artist)?

The responsibilities of an ISRC Manager are different that those of a Rights Owner. ISRC Managers are responsible for administering ISRC assignment for a variety or recording owners. It is therefore vital that ISRCs are assigned correctly and that the rights of the recording owner are respected. ISRC Managers must consent to abide by a set of terms, and we maintain close contact with them to ensure that procedures are correctly followed.

Q. How do I become an ISRC Manager?

Please review the types of ISRC Managers on our Application Page to review the types of ISRC Managers and the application procedure.

Q. Do I have to enter into an agreement with a recording rights owner prior to assigning ISRCs on their behalf?

Yes. The ISRC Manager and recording rights owner must enter into a formal agreement. This agreement is detailed in section 3 of the procedures document.

Q. Do I have to inform the Small Producer after I've assigned their ISRCs?

Yes. You must commit to inform the Small Producer of the ISRCs that have been assigned to the recordings and the Small Producer must commit to use the ISRCs assigned by you in future exploitation of the recordings.

Q. Who keeps records of ISRCs I assign?

The ISRC Manager must commit to keep good records and to make relevant records available to the recording owner on demand. If an agreement to act as the ISRC Manager for a recording owner is terminated or expires, then all records must be transferred to that recording owner.

Q. What happens if a recording owner that has previously used my services as an ISRC Manager establishes a relationship with a new ISRC Manager?

The ISRCs assigned by you should continue to be used.

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