The International Standard Recording Code (ISRC)

What is the ISRC?

The International Standard Recording Code (ISRC) is the international identification system for sound recordings and music video recordings. Each ISRC is a unique and permanent identifier for a specific recording which can be permanently encoded into a product as its digital fingerprint. The ISRC provides the means to automatically identify recordings for royalty payments and, in many territories, is increasingly becoming a tool in the fight against piracy.

By identifying all sound and music video recordings that are released, regardless of the format that they are released in, the ISRC enables the tracking and tracing of these recordings through the music value chain.

ARIA recommends that all music producers, both ARIA members and non-members, use the ISRC.

How do I get one?

ARIA is the Australian International Standard Recording Code national agency, and allocates the Country and First Owner Codes for encoding on all audio and audio-visual recordings, as a method of identification.

For more information about the ISRC system, or to apply for an ISRC for your recordings, email isrc@aria.com.au or download the ISRC Handbook from this page.

Please note: ISRCs can only be obtained via email.

 

 
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