DDEX launches new music data standards for creators

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Digital Data Exchange (DDEX), the organisation which sets the benchmark for date sharing in the digital music industry, has launched of a new set of standards for music creators.

Its new Recording Information Notification (RIN) system standardises the metadata which describes all aspects of a recording project.

This allows songwriters, artists, producers and studio engineers to capture and store essential metadata in a standard form at the point of creation of a musical work or sound recording.

The not-for-profit organisation, which counts PRS for Music among its members, said in a press release that digital music companies rely on ‘good’ metadata being added into the supply chain.

‘One of the best sources for good metadata about music is the place where the music is made: the recording studio’, it continued.

Once studio personnel use RIN to capture this ‘good’ data, distributors and retailers will have better information about the products they are selling and sharing – allowing rightsholders to be more accurately remunerated.

RIN metadata is compatible with all the other DDEX standards used across the digital music supply chain, enabling a more efficient information flow from the studio.

Maureen Droney, the Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wings managing director and key member of the RIN Working Group, said: ‘RIN will facilitate crediting, ensuring that performers, producers, recording engineers are properly identified and paid for their contributions.

‘Organisations that collect and distribute performance royalties to creative contributors often find it difficult to obtain information on their identity. With this revenue stream growing it is more important than ever to streamline the process of identifying and paying the appropriate parties.’

DDEX, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this month, was founded to explore, develop and maintain a framework of open and voluntary data exchange standards for information around digital media content.

Alongside PRS for Music, members include Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group, plus international collecting societies ASCAP, BMI, GEMA, SACEM and SOCAN.

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