ISRCs are assigned by owners of recordings.

ISRCs can be assigned by individual artists, by record companies or other third parties known as ISRC Managers under an agreement — you just need a Registrant Code.

You do not need to be a member of the IFPI or a national music industry trade association in order to apply for a Registrant Code and assign ISRCs to your recordings.

Please remember ISRCs are assigned ONCE and remain the same for the lifetime of the recording. Should the rights be sold to a sound or music video recording that has an ISRC assigned, the new rights owner MUST NOT change that ISRC.

ISRC Agencies

When to assign a code?