Strategic Initiatives Update

In October, we outlined the key business improvement projects to deliver in the current financial year, with progress to report on two areas:

ISWC changes required by CISAC: to be delivered by end of year

Unique, permanent ISWCs (International Standard Musical Work Code) are currently assigned through the CSI (Common Search Index) function within CIS-Net or by authorised local and regional agencies.

As an authorised regional agency, we have been allocating ISWCs for APRA AMCOS repertoire using a range of pre-allocated codes.

To ensure we remain an official CISAC ISWC Registration Agency, we have undertaken to transition to the CIS-Net central assignment of ISWCs for APRA AMCOS repertoire. This ISWC project is on track to be delivered by the end of the year as planned.

We have also made some technical changes to our interface with CIS-Net to improve efficiency, allowing us to do daily updates. 

Importantly for APRA AMCOS members: there are no changes to the format of ISWCs previously allocated to your works.

CRD Reporting enhancements are underway

We’re on track with our build of enhanced CRD (Common Royalty Distribution) functionality, with a group of publishers set to receive test files in mid- December to run with their systems and then provide feedback.

In the first quarter 2020, we’ll see the first iteration rolled out live with a full domestic CRD file made available to publishers.

Key enhancements include:

  • clearer updated descriptions of exploitation sources
  • inclusion of ISRCs (International Standardised Recording Codes) to distinguish individual recordings of works for digital usage
Stay tuned for further updates and how your business will be involved in the new year.

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