All Metadata Explained
If you're new to our platform and the world of music catalog management, things can seem a little confusing to begin with, but rest assured, we've got you covered! Below is a detailed look at what each piece metadata field is required for using our platform:
Note: If you don't have or don't know some of the following information for your tracks, you can leave the fields blank and add them when you can in the future.
1. Song title:
Simply the name of your title.
2. Primary Artist:
The name of the primary artist on the song (not collaborator).
Anyone who worked with you on your track, including producers, Mixing/Mastering Engineers, vocalists, etc. Simply add their names or stage names here.
4. Catalog Number:
Your catalog number is up to you to create. You can follow this format if you wish: If your name is Michael Jackson, you could make your catalog numbers: MJ001, MJ002, MJ003, etc.
5. Release Date:
The date in which your song was made public, or is due to be public.
6. Split Sheet Signed?
A Split sheet determines the shares of ownership in any given song. If you have signed one with your collaborators, you can simply click "yes". If you haven't, or do not know what a split sheet is, you can select "no" for now. Here's more on split-sheets.
7. Cover Art:
Upload a JPEG version of your cover art - You can download or edit this any time.
Paste in this field your track lyrics - We do not require a specific style or format - this is up to you.
9. Audio File:
Upload either an MP3 or WAV version of your track (or beat) here. As with your cover arts, you may download or edit this file at any time.
Add the genre of your song. E.g. Dubstep, Hip-Hop, Country, Pop, EDM, etc.
Beats per minute, or BPM, is a term for measuring the tempo of a piece of music. "Tempo" is a musical term for the pace, or speed of a piece - If you do not know this, contact the producer of your song and ask him/her. They will be able to find this very simply for you.
12. PRO/Publishing Number + Company:
If you're registered with a Performance Rights Orginization (PRO), please enter your PRO number and the name of your publishing company here to easily track which songs are signed to which PRO entities. If you don't have a publisher or PRO, you can leave this blank.
13. Publishing Ownership Percentage:
If you produced, wrote and engineered your song, you more than likely own the entirety of your music publishing rights. However, according to your split sheet agreement with others if you only made a portion of a song, you need to add in your ownership percentage of the song here. If you don't know this, you can leave this blank.
14. ISRC Code:
Your ISRC, or "International Standard Recording Code", is an international standard code for uniquely identifying sound recordings and music video recordings. You can find your code from within your distribution platform!