The Importance Of Getting Music Metadata Right

1If you're not seeing the kind of income you want from your music, holes in your metadata could be part of the issue. While filling in information such as the year a song was released or how many beats per minute is has can seem pointless and tedious, it's important information for distributors to have.


Guest Post by Bobby Owsinski on Music 3.0

One of the major reasons why artists often don't get paid is because of missing metadata from their songs.

No matter if you're submitting to an aggregator like Tunecore for digital distribution, directly to a digital distributor like Soundcloud, or even a music supervisor for consideration, it's imperative to have the following metatags filled in.

1. Name(s) of artist(s)
2. Names(s) of composers
3. Name(s) of performers
4. Song Title
5. Album title (if any)
6. Label
7. Publisher
8. Year Released
9. Track Number
10. Genre
11. Producer
12. Contact (yours/management)
13. Performing Rights Society Affiliation (ASCAP, BMI, etc.)
14. Mood
15. BPM


Mood and BPM might seem incidental, but they're really important for music libraries and music supervisors, so take the time and fill them in.
Yes, filling in all the metadata takes some work, but not only does it

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