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.
It is important to ensure that every unique recording is assigned a unique ISRC and that multiple ISRCs are not issued for the same recording.
Each recording should only ever be assigned one ISRC, which remains with it for life, even though its ownership or distribution arrangements may change.
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.
An ISRC is usually a 12 digit code and takes the following form:
|Code Identified||Country Code||Registrant Code||Year of Reference||Designation Code|
3 alphanumeric characters
2 digits (e.g. 19 for 2019)
*New Country Codes may be introduced as required (for example, if all ‘AU’ code options are exhausted). Regardless, you should always use the Country Code advised to you at the time you were issued with your Registrant Code.
ARIA assigns Registrant Codes to applicants. They uniquely identify the Australian entity that has allocated the ISRC to each recording or video.
This is created by you (the ISRC registrant) when an ISRC is assigned to a sound or video recording. It is 5 digits long and must only comprise of numbers (no letters or symbols).
You cannot repeat the same digits in a Designation Code in the same year.
ARIA recommends that all music (or music video) makers, both ARIA members and non-members, use the ISRC when they create new recordings or music videos.
ARIA is the Australian International Standard Recording Code national agency, and allocates the Country and Registrant Code for encoding on all audio and audio-visual recordings, as a method of identification.
There are TWO options for applying for an ISRC:
If you are applying for a Registrant Code in order to act as an ISRC Manager, then you will need to comply with the following procedures:
Once you have provided the information we have requested, ARIA will provide you with a Registrant Code and a booklet outlining how to use it to create your ISRCs. You will receive a response in approximately 1 - 2 business days, where the request is received during normal business hours.
Please note: ISRCs can only be obtained via email.