What is an ISRC?

ISRC - International Standard Recording Code

What is it?

An ISRC is a unique 12-digit code that is assigned to a specific sound recording (i.e CD, audio file, video, etc...). In short, the ISRC code is essentially a "digital fingerprint" for a sound recording - it represents a recording's unique identification number and helps separate it from the hundreds and thousands of other sound recordings worldwide.

In order to properly register, map, and collect royalties for a song, it is important to include an ISRC with your registration. This number is used to track and verify specific information about a recording, including but not limited to:

  • Track recording sales, streams, and radio station plays
  • Artist(s) name
  • Label name 
  • UPC (Universal Product Code)
  • Identifying the authors of composition being recorded

Remember that each recording can only have one ISRC code attached it, and this code should never be reused for another recording. So for example, if an artist plans on releasing a 15-song album for public consumption, that artist would assign 15 unique ISRC codes (one per each track being released) which would be linked to each specific recording forever. 


Where to find your ISRC code
On your Songtrust account, you can use our Spotify search tool to grab your ISRCs. Just go to 'menu', 'songs', and 'add a recording.'

If your songs have not been released on Spotify, you can obtain your ISRC's by contacting your distributor like DistroKid or CD Baby. If you've never worked with a distributor, they can be purchased through 3rd party services online such as http://www.usisrc.org/. 

If you want to double check that you have claimed all of your ISRCs, check this resource: https://isrcsearch.ifpi.org/#!/search