The International Standard Recording Code (ISRC) is the international identification system for sound recordings and music video recordings.

ISRC enables recordings to be uniquely and permanently identified. ISRC helps to avoid ambiguity and simplifies the management of rights when recordings are used across different formats, distribution channels or products. The ISRC for a recording remains a fixed point of reference when the recording is used across different services, across borders, or under different licensing deals.

ISRC is widely used by producers of recordings, by digital services and by Music Licensing Companies.

How it works

The structure (syntax) of ISRC comprises 12 alphanumeric characters, which should be presented with the 4-character prefix ‘ISRC’ when displayed in printed form.

Hover over the ISRC for a breakdown of the code

ISRCCode IdentifierJMCountry Code — two characters issued by the ISRC Agency-K40Registrant Code — a three character alphanumeric code issued by the ISRC Agency-14Year of Reference — the last two digits of the year in which the ISRC is assigned to the track — allocated by the registrant-00212Designation Code — five digit unique code assigned by the Registrant. These numbers must not be repeated in the same calendar year.