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They are your unique identifiers for life. Keep them in a safe place.

The ISNI, IPI, IPN and First Owner Code are unique identifiers associated to the various contributors of a piece of musical content.

The ISWC, ISRC and UPC are unique identifiers attributed to pieces of musical content.

For Everyone

Obtaining or recovering your ISNI

Who is it for?

All the contributors associated to a work, including a piece of musical content, should have an ISNI. This includes the creators (performing artists, musicians, authors, etc.) as well as all of the stakeholders in the industrial chain (producers, record labels, etc.), whether they are individuals or organizations.

How can I obtain it?

Start by making sure you do not already have one:
http://www.isni.org/search

If you do not contact a registrar such as:
ICO http://isnimusique.ca

What Is It?

The International Standard Name Identifier (ISNI) is a standardized unique identifier administered by the International Standard Organisation (ISO).

It allows to distinguish homonyms and attribute aliases to them.

It is a junction between various databases. It is recommended to transmit your ISNI to open databases such as MusicBrainz or Wikidata.

Authors, Composers and Publishers

Obtaining or recovering your IPI

Who is it for?

The authors, composers and publishers of a work.

How can I obtain it?

To obtain your IPI, you need to register as a member of a collective rights management organization such as SOCAN.

You will automatically be assigned an IPI.

If you already are a SOCAN member, you can find your IPI number by opening a session under your profile on its web site.

http://www.socan.com/fr/

What Is It?

The Interested Parties Information (IPI) is a unique identifier for authors, composers, publishers, arrangers, adaptors and translators.

It is useful to rights management organization when it is time to distribute royalties to the various rights holders.

For Performing Artists (Singers, Musicians)

Obtaining or recovering your IPN

Who is it for?

Performing artists, singers or musicians.

How can I obtain it?

To obtain your IPN, you will need to register as a member of a rights management organization for performing artists, such as ARTISTI, and that organization itself has to be a member of SCAPR. You will automatically be assigned an IPN.

https://www.artisti.ca/en

An IPN is not public, so to access it, you need to submit a request to the collective rights management organization.

What Is It?

The International Performer Number (IPN) is a unique identifier for performing artists, singers or musicians.

It is useful to collective rights management organization for performing artists in order to accurately distribute royalties to the rights management organization by distinguishing people with the same name.

For Producers

Obtaining or recovering your First Owner Code (a prerequisite of the ISRC)

Who is it for?

The producer of a sound recording must request à First Owner Code.

How can I obtain it?

To obtain your three characters First Owner Code, you simply need to submit an online request to Soproq.

Requesting Your ISRC Code

What Is It?

The First Owner Code is composed of three alphanumerical characters. Using this code, producers can henceforth create their own ISRC codes.

Important note: it is considered a best practice that your First Owner Code is always at the origin of the creation of an ISRC for your recordings rather than relying on a third party.