PRS for Music Launches Free Portal Providing Access to Songwriter Credits and Industry IDs

The British Collection Society PRS for Music plans to launch a new online portal for songwriter and composer credits.

PRS says that “for the first time, metadata attributed to over 2 million works will be released, with plans to release millions more, over the next 12 months.”

The new online tool will allow songwriters, composers and music publishers to search and download key data about their works.

This will also allow them to highlight any discrepancies.

Additionally, the new tool will give DSPs access to author information, which PRS says will facilitate “more songwriter credits on streaming services.”

The portal will provide access to works data, including names of authors and composers, musical work and recording title(s), International Standard Recording Code (ISRC), International Standard of Works (ISWC), Interested Party Identification (IPI) numbers, as well as the Tunecode (PRS for musicthe unique identifier of).

PRS for music says it “brought together a consortium of industry experts”, including DSPs, record labels, music publishers and other rights management organizations to support the design and implementation of the new service.

The organization also says that “by releasing this information, PRS for music is determined to remove major barriers to the flow of royalties worldwide, ultimately improving the matching of sound recordings and musical works and increasing the speed and accuracy of royalty payments.”

The portal will be launched in early 2023 and will be free to access.

“PRS for Music is adopting the latest technologies to create this portal, allowing members to increase the value of their works through greater visibility.”

Andrea Czapary Martin, SRP

Commenting on the new portal, Andrea Czapary Martin, CEO of PRS for Music, said: “PRS for Music is adopting the latest technologies to create this portal, allowing members to increase the value of their works through better visibility.

“We put the power of metadata in the hands of creators for their benefit. Clean data drives the flow of royalties and is key to ensuring that songwriters and music publishers are properly paid for the use of their music and that their songs are recognized. This is fundamental to ensuring a stronger global royalty system”. The music industry around the world