Across the industry, creators, labels and publishers lose out on revenue each year due to incomplete or inconsistent metadata. AFEM and CI have teamed up to provide an easy-to-understand guide on music metadata best practice.
Getting paid is one of the most pressing issues for musicians of the digital age. But understanding metadata is crucial to getting tracks discovered by fans and paid by broadcasters, streaming platforms and stores, yet so many are losing out. To make sure every stream, play or download is accounted accurately and creators, labels and publishers are making the most of the opportunities the digital music ecosystem has to offer, AFEM and CI have created a step-by-step Metadata Best Practice guide, which provides a straightforward introduction to any artist, manager, producer or executive who is new to metadata, and a reminder to those already working with it.
The guide illustrates exactly what metadata is, how metadata facilitates payment, how it works with data services like MusicBrainz to ensure accurate and relevant Google web search results, how it helps artists appear on Shazam, and of course, the principles of good metadata.
Supportive quotes for the guide:
“BMAT receives 2 million tracks every month. From small indie labels to global distributors, we witness first-hand the mistakes that can be made with metadata. Our Repertoire team works closely with content providers in order to clean up metadata and ensure all runs smoothly. By reporting the correct metadata to our PROs, the correct matches are found and the royalties are rightfully paid out for each play. In a world where learning how to make and mix music is easier than ever, managing your music’s metadata must also be made easier. AFEM’s Metadata Best Practice Guide does precisely that. Look after your metadata and let your royalties look after you”
Liz Muirhead, VP, Venues Monitoring, BMAT (AFEM Executive Board Member, Chair of AFEM Metadata Working Group)
“Metadata is such an important area of our business. One tiny mistake can lead to a whole host of problems. This guide clearly and concisely explains what metadata is and how to enter it correctly so you can make sure you are getting paid for your repertoire, and that it appears the same across all music platforms. Whether you’re an artist, record label or publisher and you’re unsure about what metadata is and how to perfect it — then this guide is essential for you”
Lou Cooper, Head of Albums, Toolroom Records (AFEM Executive Board Member)
“A proper release setup and clean metadata is the basis for correct monetisation and we have direct experience of faulty metadata cutting revenue streams for the creators. In the digital world it should be in the interest of every participant of a musical piece that the right information is entered into systems for an optimal basis for future revenue streams. This AFEM Metadata Best Practice guide provides the necessary information for artists and the industry on how to get it right.”
Tom Nieuweboer, COO !K7 (AFEM Executive Board Member)
“Being in the digital music market for more than 15 years CI has accumulated the best knowledge and expertise in the independent music market when it comes to digital music and metadata. We are very happy to work with AFEM and share some of the best and most effective metadata management practices that will help our community and beloved dance music thrive in the digital environment”.
Tomas Paliūnas, Business Development, CI