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.
International Standard Music Numbers (ISMNs) is 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:
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.
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 to 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 application 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.
Please download the 2018 application form here.
Should you have any questions, please email email@example.com
Please send your ISMN form to:
UK ISMN Agency
MUSIC PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION
8TH FLOOR, TWO PANCRAS SQUARE
Number of ISMNs
Rate (excl. VAT)
Rate (incl. VAT)
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