It takes a lot to understand the music publishing business or music albums or single releases.
As a recording artist, be prepared to face more bureaucratic procedures on how to release your songs . Like most Nigerian singers believes in uploading their music to Youtube, then monetise is the only way to earn income from music.
To us at Enorecords LLC, we disagree with songwriters , music producers and record labels with little knowledge or none , on how music marketing works .
We would be educating upcoming musicians, singers and veterans from Nigeria music industry on how to properly release their music and obtain royalties in future. What is the essence of promoting your songs on radios,Tv’s, Social medias when a music is not officially released? probably waste of funds.
In Nigeria music industry, every artist wish to be famous without a minimum idea on how to make it happen. In some cases , you might get fame from a very a good song , lifestyle, stylish swags, Gossips, or being controversial for unknown reason all over social media , probably you get discovered by a entertainment media company, yet you get broker like hell, while some get stocked in the hands of politicians, thinking they could do a campaign song to create awareness during elections to enable them raise funds for themselves, another category of musicians who pays mere bloggers to spread their songs with no positive results of financial achievement than impersonating wealth like Ghanian internet personality Shatta Bandle. The truth is this, before releasing a well produced song or an album, get in mind that you need to be registered with one of the copyright organisations like
Industry Groups: Entertainment & Media
- American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP)ASCAP is one of the major American organizations that collects music performance royalties on behalf of recording artists, songwriters, and performers.
- Association of American Publishers (AAP)AAP is the principal trade association for the book publishing industry.
- Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI)Like ASCAP, BMI is a performing rights organization that collects music performance royalties on behalf of recording artists, songwriters, and performers.
- Future of Music CoalitionThe coalition seeks to develop equitable policy initiatives across music and technology.
- Harry Fox Agency (National Music Publishers Association)Harry Fox collects licensing royalties on behalf of music publishers.
- Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) MPAAThe principal trade association of the film industry.
- Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)RIAA is the principal trade association of the record industry.
- Society of European Stage Authors and Composers (SESAC)Although it is smaller than both ASCAP or BMI, SESAC is the third music performing rights organization in the United States
To mention few. a copy of your song must be deposited with a national library as a legal deposit, get registered with an ISRC code provider agent.
What is an ISRC AND HOW DOES IT WORK?
If you’re an unsigned or independent artist currently selling your music online, then you will already be using an ISRC code, even if you didn’t know you were. Unless you’re already clued up on the inner workings of the music biz, you may have only just heard of ISRC codes. So lets explain a few things about them.
The ‘International Standard Recording Code’ (or ISRC code) is a unique identification system for sound recordings and music video recordings. Each ISRC code identifies a specific unique recording and can be permanently encoded into a product as a kind of digital fingerprint. It can then used for sales tracking by the music download and streaming platforms. So whether your music is being played in United Kingdom , Nigeria or Italy, it will be instantly recognised, all thanks to your ISRC code.
Is an ISRC code the same as a barcode?
No. ISRCs are for individual tracks/recordings. Barcodes are for the complete product (album/ep/single) that the tracks come together to make.
What does an ISRC code look like?
An ISRC Code follows a standard template and looks like this:
Let’s break that down:
IT is the country (IT for Italy / IE for Ireland / AU for Australia)
TWL is the unique letters assigned to your record label (at Enorecords LLC our code is TWL)
20 is the year
00001 is a unique number assigned by the label themselves. Most record labels assign them sequentially so their first recording of 2020 would be IT-TWL-20-00001.
HOW DO I GET AN ISRC CODE?
You can get an ISRC code from the PPL or similar IFPI organisation when you sign up as a label. Alternatively, Enorecords LLC will give you ISRC codes for free for every track you release through us – because we are nice like that!
Can’t I just make up or generate an ISRC code myself?
No. An international organisation called the IFPI oversee ISRCs with 46 agencies worldwide. Or Enorecords LLC could get you ISRC. contact us.
Stores or upload systems will not accept it your code if it’s not a valid ISRC. To generate your own ISRC you need to be a member of your local IFPI organisation, e.g. Spinlet or PPL. You can join the Spinlet or others like PPL as a label member and they will give you the 3-character code to generate an ISRC.
WHY DO I NEED AN ISRC CODE?
Thinking of skipping the ISRC code? Think again! Digital stores will NOT put any track on sale without an ISRC code – they need it for sales tracking.
Also remember, each individual track needs to have a different ISRC code. It’s the recording not the track that it’s attached to. Same applies to releasing music physically. So if you want to release a single online with a couple of remixes, a live version and a b-side, each track will need its own code.
Is my song chart eligible if it has an ISRC ?
Not unless it’s registered with the PPL/Charts Company – which distribution aggregators can sort for you. The retailer will report the sale to the Chart Company, but if it’s not registered it won’t count.
Why do you need a UPC OR EAN?
UPC” stands for Universal Product Code. UPC bar codes were originally created to help grocery stores speed up the checkout process and keep better track of inventory, but the system quickly spread to all other retail products because it was so successful
if you are considering selling physical discs you should have a UPC code to track your sales and ensure that you are being paid your royalties and/or commissions correctly.
The steps are as follows:
- Apply for a GS1 Company Prefix.
- Assign a unique product number.
- Determine how your product will display barcode.
- Order your barcodes.
Enorecords llc specialise in digital music distribution and enable thousands of unsigned artists to sell their music in stores like iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and hundreds more. ISRC codes are completely free of charge with your release.
If you have any questions about ISRC codes or online music distribution, let us know in the comments below and we’ll get back to you!