ISRC codes are assigned to songs and encoded onto a CD for
tracking purposes (royalties, etc.). Each song will have a unique
code that's a series of 12 letters and numbers (think of it as
a special bar code for each song).
US stands for the country of origin. ABC is the Agent Code, and
is the unique identifier of the organization or person registering
the song. 10 is the year of the release (2010). The last five
numbers is the designation code that the agent (organization
or person) assigns to a song for identification (tracking) purposes.
Once you assign the five digit designation code to a song, that
number cannot be used on another song until the year in the code
changes (Example: from 10 to 11). Once the year in the code changes,
you may use previous designation numbers.
To become an agent
and obtain an ISRC code, you'll need to apply to the RIAA.
The RIAA charges a one time fee of $75.00 to register.
TO GET AN ISRC CODE FOR YOUR MUSIC.
To get your code, visit
the RIAA Web Site to register.
The RIAA will assign the country
of origin and your Agent Code (Example: US-ABC). Once you have
that, you simply add the year of the release (Example: -10)
and the 5 digit number (Example: -00001) you want to assign
to a song.
When you visit the RIAA web site at the above link,
you'll find a FAQ and other information regarding the use of
When you have your CD mastered, be sure to give
your mastering engineer the ISRC code for each song so he can
on your CD. The codes can be encoded by most CD replicators
at the time of replication. However, they usually charge extra
for that service. We will encode them free if you provide us
with the codes on the Project Submission e-form.