What is an ISRC Code?

The International Standard Recording Code (ISRC), defined by ISO 3901, is an international standard code for uniquely identifying sound recordings and music video recordings. IFPI has been appointed by ISO as registration authority for this standard. The TC 46/SC 9 is responsible for the standard. Format of an ISRC: ISRC codes are always 12 characters long, in the form "CC-XXX-YY-NNNNN" (The hyphens are not part of the ISRC...

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What is Indie?

Definitions of "indie" Indie meaning "not major-label" One of the most common and widely recognized definitions of "indie" is the description of not being connected with a major recording label (currently one of the "Big Four" recording companies: Warner, Universal, Sony BMG and EMI). This is the definition used by NME's indie music charts in the UK, among others. Many artists choose to...

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CMJ 06 in Review

CMJ takes place in New York which lends itself to the enormity and scope of this yearly event. The diversity of the Marathon matches the diversity of the city. There is something for everyone. Let’s start with the panels. I was quite impressed with the scope and number of panels at this conference. If you cannot find something here, it is time to think about doing something else. Seriously. Panels abound for bands trying to...

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