The ISRC standard restricts the assignment of codes to the “original producer or subsequent owner” of a recording (a sound recording or a music video recording).
In some circumstances the producer or right holder may wish to delegate the assignment of ISRC to another party, often an aggregator, distributor, or other specialist having the capability to manage this function efficiently.
Since March 2009 when the rules were simplified, parties other than the rights owners, known as ISRC Managers, can allocate ISRCs on behalf of clients or customers.
These ISRCs are issued as part of the business arrangement between the company and the producer, and they are assigned to only those tracks that are covered by that particular business agreement.
The rationale for authorising ISRC Managers is to improve the quality of data by allowing skilled service providers to develop effective and accurate processes that are then used by their clients.
ISRC Managers need to be specifically appointed in that role. As part of the appointment process, ISRC Managers are issued Registrant Codes that are set aside for the purposes of assigning ISRC to the recordings owned by clients or customers. Normal Registrant Codes issued to registrants for their own recordings must not be used for assigning ISRC to recordings owned by other parties.
National Agencies are not compelled to appoint ISRC Managers, but where they choose to do so, appointments in that role are non-exclusive and registrants remain free to obtain their own Registrant Codes.
ISRC Managers must follow procedures as specified but National ISRC Agencies or by the International ISRC Agency, to ensure that this form of ISRC assignment is properly carried out.
Codes assigned by ISRC Managers last for the lifetime of the recording and MUST NOT be changed if the rights are sold to another party.
If you wish to apply to be appointed as an ISRC Manager, please contact your National Agencies for more details. For territories that do not have a National ISRC Agency, you may download the ISRC Manager Application Form at the link below and submit an application to the International ISRC Agency.