PPL teams up with Sound Credit to improve recording metadata


Across the world, there are lots of different initiatives afoot to tackle the music industry’s metadata problems – including accurately filling out the credits for songs and recordings. The latest example comes from the UK, where collecting society PPL has announced a new partnership with startup Sound Credit.

The latter company’s product is a plug-in and desktop application to help musicians compile their music credits, including – through the PPL partnership – their International Performer Number (IPN). This, in turn, will help collecting societies to identify the artist for the purposes of royalty collections and payouts.

The deal follows PPL’s partnership with another startup, Session (the company formerly known as Auddly) to encourage accurate metadata to be collected from the earliest stages of the writing and recording process. “Collaborations with music technology companies like Sound Credit are a natural extension to our own in-house expertise. By combining our technology infrastructure with that of Sound Credit, and others, we are getting music people paid,” said PPL CEO Peter Leathem in a statement.

Stuart Dredge

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