International Standard Music Numbers (ISMNs)

About ISMNs

International Standard Music Numbers (ISMNs) are an international system created in 1993 specifically for printed music publications. ISMNs are to printed music what ISBNs are to books. ISMNs provide two primary functions:

  1. To provide a unique order reference code for each printed music publication (no two numbers are the same).
  2. To generate barcodes which retailers and distributors can scan so as to quickly identify a publication’s ISMN and any corresponding publication information.

There is currently NO central database on which all printed music publications are listed. Instead, printed music retailers and distributors maintain separate systems. Many retailers and distributors will not stock and sell publications which don’t have either an ISMN or ISBN, and a corresponding barcode.

 

Buy ISMNs

The Music Publishers Association (MPA) is the ISMN agent for the UK & Eire (click here for a list of other national agencies). The MPA sells ISMNs in batches (see below). The MPA also provides barcodes at no additional cost (each barcode corresponds with a different ISMN number). Publishers are advised to buy as many ISMNs as they expect to need for the foreseeable future. Batches of ISMNs are sold as a one-off payment at the prices given below.

To buy ISMNs, please download the appication form from the bottom of this page and send this to the MPA (see below for address details), enclosing a cheque for the appropriate amount made out to ‘Music Publishers Association Limited’. If you wish to pay by BACS bank transfer, please stipulate this on the form and the MPA will send you the appropriate details. The MPA endeavours to send you your numbers within 14 days of receiving your form.

Should you have any questions, please email Nico Evans at info@mpagroup.com

Please send your ISMN form to:

UK ISMN Agency

MUSIC PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION

8TH FLOOR, TWO PANCRAS SQUARE

LONDON

N1C 4AG

 

Number of ISMNs

 

Rate (excl. VAT)

 

Rate (incl. VAT)

 

10

 

£30.00

 

£36.00

 

100

 

£125.00

 

£150.00

 

1,000

 

£337.50

 

£405.00

 

10,000

 

£812.50

 

£975.00

 

100,000

 

£1,125.00

 

£1,350.00


 

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