What is an IPI number?
Think of an IPI number as your very own social or tax identification number – a unique number identifying a specific person or entity.
IPI is a global database used to identify songwriters and publishers.
The IPI, alternatively known as a CAE number, is an international identification number assigned to songwriters and publishers to uniquely identify these “rights holders”.
Rights-holders are assigned an IPI base number when they signup and successfully affiliate with a Performing Rights Organization (“PRO”).
If you prefer to be recognized as a name different than your actual legal name, then you will need to request that your PRO setup a pseudonym for that name. This will create an IPI name number which allows your songs to be registered and discoverable by that specific name.
Please note, the IPI number is not the same as the member account number assigned by a PRO.
You will not receive performance royalties unless you are affiliated and your songs are properly registered by your publisher/administrator.
How do I find my IPI number?
Songwriters and publishers are assigned IPI numbers when they signup and successfully affiliate with a Performing Rights Organization (“PRO”).
When you signup with a PRO and your affiliation is confirmed, you are immediately assigned a unique member account number. After affiliation, your PRO will populate an IPI number for you.
The IPI number is not the same as the member account number.
To find your IPI number, you need to search the public repertory located on your PRO’s website.
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What is Song Data?
“Song Data” is the information and details revolving around a song.
For example, basic song data is considered: the copyright/authorship year, songwriter/author names, percentage splits, publishing details, PRO affiliation, your rights holder IPI numbers, and lyrics.
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What is an ISRC Code?
ISRC, the International Standard Recording Code, is the internationally recognized identification tool for sound and music video recordings. Click to read more.