PPL has partnered with music industry technology specialist Sound Credit to improve the quality of performer line-up data on recordings.
Sound Credit provides an app that makes it easier for creators to collect, edit and deliver music credits. The platform will now allow a performer’s International Performer Number (IPN) to be added to the recording’s metadata, ensuring more accurate contributor information.
It is one of a number of collaborations that PPL is involved in to improve the accuracy of recording metadata and help support music creators. It follows a similar partnership with Session (formerly Auddly) announced in late 2018.
If a PPL performer is a Sound Credit user, they will be able to verify their membership with PPL through the platform using their myPPL credentials.
Sound Credit is used by thousands of producers and engineers around the world. The platform is now available at no cost to all Avid Pro Tools and Pro Tools|Ultimate subscribers as part of Avid’s Loyalty Rewards program and as a membership with the Recording Academy in the US and the UK Music Producers Guild.
Peter Leathem (pictured), CEO, PPL said: “In order for performers of all levels and roles to be properly paid for their creative work, contributions to a sound recording need to be logged accurately. An IPN uniquely identifies a performer, and allows their work to be traceable throughout the music ecosystem, from studio to CMO database to its eventual usage. By integrating PPL’s IPN verification service with Sound Credit tools, we are helping more performers who put their time and effort into creating music get paid. 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.”
Gebre Waddell, CEO, Sound Credit, said: “Our company’s aim is to revolutionise the supply chain for recordings, and ensuring correct metadata at a track’s source is integral to this goal. Without such data, we cannot be sure that the right people are being paid by CMOs when a recording is used. With an IPN identifier in Sound Credit, we can indelibly link a performer with a sound recording and its usage.”