What is the Difference Between an IPI Number and a CAE Number?

This helps identify you as a songwriter.

These numbers are the same. The CAE system was replaced by the IPI system, the new industry standard, in 2001, but the two are often used interchangeably.

CAE/IPIs are between 9 to 11 digits long and are used to uniquely identify a songwriter or music publisher. Rights holders are assigned CAE/IPI numbers when they are granted membership to a Performing Rights Organization (PRO)

Please check with your respective PRO if you are unsure of what your CAE/IPI number is. Your PRO is the one who assigns this to you and will be able to assist in locating it for you as well. 


Pro Tip: Be careful not to confuse your PRO member ID/account number with your songwriter CAE/IPI number. They are not the same and cannot be used interchangeably. 


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