ASCAP and BMI to work on joint musical-works database


The latest initiative to tackle the music industry’s metadata problems is a collaboration between American PROs ASCAP and BMI.

Focused on the US – put away those ‘Global Repertoire Database’ comparisons now please – it aims to launch by the end of 2018, and will aggregate song-ownership data from the two organisations.

In fact, they’ve been working on the project for a year already, meaning that by the time it launches, the database will have been nearly two and a half years in the making. That’s a hint at the efforts involved to detect and correct incomplete registrations and figure out ownership and splits disputes.

It’ll be publicly available from both organisations’ websites when it launches, with the hope that it will evolve “to include a broader range of music information across the entire industry.

“ASCAP and BMI are proactively and voluntarily moving the entire industry a step forward to more accurate, reliable and user-friendly data,” said ASCAP boss Elizabeth Matthews.

“We recognise that our combined expertise allows us to create the best solution for our members and the marketplace,” added BMI boss Mike O’Neill.

Stuart Dredge

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