The ISRC is a unique identifier that helps in the administration of your rights.

As a maker, you are responsible for assigning ISRCs to all your sound and video recordings.

What is an ISRC?

The International Standard Recording Code (ISRC) was developed by the International Standards Organization (ISO) as an identification system for sound recordings and music videos. It is similar to the ISBN used by the publishing industry.

The ISRC provides a unique identifier for each individual sound recording and video, as opposed to catalogue numbers and UPCs that identify entire albums.

Among other things, the use of ISRCs facilitates the collective administration of royalties owed to the makers of sound recordings. The ISRC must be embedded into the recording at the premastering stage.

It is up to you to:

  • assign ISRCs to all of your sound and video recordings;
  • keep a register of all the ISRCs you have assigned.

How to read an ISRC

Each ISRC code consists of 12 digits as follows:


  • a 2-letter Country Code representing the maker’s country (e.g., CA for Canada)
  • a 3-digit Registrant Code representing the master owner (e.g., ZZ0)
  • 2 numbers for the Year of Reference, the year in which the ISRC is allocated (e.g., 13 for 2013)
  • a unique 5-digit Designation Code assigned by the maker (for example, 00001).

How do I get my Registrant Code?

Contact us to get your Registrant Code at no cost.