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What is an ISWC code?

An International Standard Musical Work Code (ISWC) is an 11-digit code used to identify each individual musical work. These codes are used in data systems across the industry.

Each of your works will only ever have one ISWC code and it will not be reused to represent any other musical works or compositions.

What is an ISWC code used for?

They’re used to identify your works in the following situations:

  • Paying your royalties
  • Registration and communication between societies
  • In licences granted by us or another society
  • Music usage reporting
  • Performance collection and identification

How do I get an ISWC code?

Currently, an ISWC code is only given when you have registered a work with us and provided the following information:

  • Correct creator roles (e.g. arranger, composer, author etc.)
  • The membership (CAE/IPI) numbers of all the creators of the work
  • All shares on the work are allocated and claimed

For works created in the UK, at least one writer must be a member for them to be eligible for an ISWC.

For works created outside of the UK by members of another collecting society, we will not receive the ISWC until the original society claims for the work. When this happens, we can match it to the right work on our database.

However, we’re aware that CISAC will soon be launching a service that allows you to self-allocate your ISWC codes. Similarly, if you use the Vistex royalty system, Music Maestro, you can download the latest version now as it allows you to get ISWCs for your new songs without having to submit a full registration.

When will I get an ISWC?

We have an automated system that checks new works registrations on our website daily. If your works meet all of the criteria above, they will be submitted to CISNET (the company that allocates all ISWCs).

Where can I find my ISWC code?

Our works database will show your ISWCs on the right-hand side of the work detail screen, below your tunecode.

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