You must request an ISRC during the process of becoming a PPL recording rightholder member. The code is specific to you as a rights holder and helps to identify your tracks quickly and simply.

ISRC breakdownBy adding an ISRC to each recorded music track or music video you register in the PPL Repertoire Database, you are ensuring that you will receive more accurate payments.

An ISRC is made up of 12 characters and split into four sections:

  • The first two characters identify the country where the member is based (eg, 'UK' represents 'United Kingdom').
  • The next three characters identify the recording rightholder. We allocate these three letters and numbers - they are specific to you as the rights holder. (Please note that this code does not imply permanent ownership of the recording or video. The code will not change if the recording is later licensed to a different owner.)
  • The next two characters identify the year in which the specific recording was given an ISRC.
  • The last five characters are the choice of the rightholder when allocating recordings with an ISRC. These characters are always numbers. The easiest way to organise this section of the code is to give the first recording '00001', the second '00002', etc. The sequence can be reset to '00001' when a new year of reference (section three, detailed above) is applicable.

You can request an ISRC by registering as a PPL recording rightholder member and raising a query through your myPPL account. If you are not a member and require an ISRC only, please register online and select the 'ISRC only' option.

If you a non-UK member, your ISRC must be requested from your local music licensing body.