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Collecting societies body SCAPR is opening up its IPN [International Performer Number] system beyond its PRO members. This is its global unique identifier for artists (but also actors, dancers etc), which already has more than 900,000 registrations.

Opening it up is part of SCAPR’s attempt to improve the accuracy of the metadata that will get these performers paid. As IPN opens up, there’s a big partner out of the gate: Universal Music Group, which helped to test the system in its earlier days.

“UMG will be able to retrieve the IPNs of hundreds of thousands of performers that may have contributed to the recordings they manage and, through improved recording metadata accuracy, help to deliver the correct creative metadata right across the music value-chain,” said SCAPR in its announcement.

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