Why can't I use ISRCs generated by CD Baby?
The ISRCs that CD Baby generates and assigns to songs are Unites States ISRCs which makes them invalid for Neighbouring Rights collection. If you use ISRCs generated in the US or another country that is not Brazil, you will not receive Neighboring Rights from your local collection society. If you’re not sure what Neighboring Rights are, you can learn more by reading this Help Center article.
How do I get local ISRCs assigned to my songs?
Individuals or entities that are considered to be the producer, label, or owner of the sound recording can generate ISRCs that are eligible for Neighbouring Rights collection. If you own your recording or worked with another individual/entity that owns your recording and are unable to generate ISRCs, your local collection society can generate them for you.
Please note, you must be affiliated with a Brazilian Performance Rights Organization (PRO) in order to have ISRCs generated and assigned to you by one. If you are not affiliated with a Brazilian PRO, this Help Center article will tell you what your PRO options are in Brazil.
As of right now, using locally generated ISRCs is the only way to ensure that you can collect all of the publishing royalties and Neighbouring Rights that are owed to you.
How do I add ISRCs to a release in my CD Baby account?
Once you have local ISRCs assigned to your songs, you will be able to return your account and input your ISRCs by following the steps below:
- Login to http://members.cdbaby.com
- Click on the tab “Album & Singles” at the top of the page
- From here, click the "view/edit" and this will take you to the Title Overview page
- Click on "Tracks & Audio"
- Click on the ISRC for that first track and it will take you directly to the ISRC page for that title
- Choose the "I have my own ISRCs" option, and input your ISRCs for each track
- Click on "Save and Continue"
For the direct link to the ISRC page, you can go here.
What if I have already distributed a release with CD Baby ISRCs?
We cannot update your ISRCs with our digital streaming and download partners once a release has been distributed. If your submission is using CD Baby ISRCs and has already been finalized and distributed, then you will not be able to collect Neighbouring Rights for that release. In this case, we urge you to do the following:
- Cancel all distribution - instructions can be found in our Help Center.
- Have new ISRCs generated through your collection society, or another eligible local entity.
- Resubmit your release with identical metadata but enter your newly assigned ISRCs when submitting your re-release.